Welcome to my website. A few words of introduction.

Crude World book cover

I am an author, journalist, and editor. My first book was Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, about the conflict in Bosnia. It was published in 1996 and won a Los Angeles Times book prize and the Overseas Press Club’s book prize. My second book, Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, was a finalist in 2010 for the New York Public Library’s award for excellence in journalism. Both books were published by Alfred A. Knopf and translated into a variety of foreign languages.

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. After that, I was a U.S.-based magazine writer, contributing mostly to the New York Times Magazine, though also to the New Yorker and others. The stories I wrote were from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. Since 2014, I have been a senior editor and writer 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.