Welcome to my website. The following is an overview of my work and what’s here.

My first book was Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, about my experiences covering the war in Bosnia. It was published in 1996 and won the Los Angeles Times book prize and the Overseas Press Club’s book prize. My second book, in 2009, was Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, about the ways oil shapes our planet; it was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s award for excellence in journalism. Both books were published by Alfred A. Knopf, edited by Jon Segal, and translated into a variety of foreign languages.

For about a decade at the start of my journalism career, I was a freelance foreign correspondent, writing for the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications, based in Brussels, Seoul, and Budapest. For more than a decade after that, I was a New York-based magazine writer, contributing mostly to the New York Times Magazine, though also to the New Yorker and others. Since 2014, I have been a senior writer and editor at the Intercept.

You can find most of my magazine articles on this site, all of my Intercept stories, excerpts from my books, and links to other projects I’ve been involved in.