Sam Tanenhaus is an American author, historian, and biographer. Mr. Tanenhaus received his B.A. in English from Grinnell College in 1977 and his M.A. in English Literature from Yale University in 1978.
Mr. Tanenhaus was an assistant editor at "The New York Times" from 1997 to 1999 and a contributing editor at "Vanity Fair" from 1999 until 2004. Since 2004, he has been the senior editor of "The New York Times Book Review."
His 1997 biography of Whittaker Chambers won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.