Russell Wayne Baker (born August 14, 1925) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

Baker is known for his satirical commentary and self-critical prose, as well as for his autobiography, Growing Up. Neil Postman, in the preface to Conscientious Objections, describes Baker as " some fourth century citizen of Rome who is amused and intrigued by the Empire's collapse but who still cares enough to mock the stupidities that are hastening its end. He is, in my opinion, a precious national resource, and as long as he does not get his own television show, America will remain stronger than Russia."

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Growing UpRussell Baker's Book of American HumorLooking Back (New York Review Books Classics)Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir