I am from the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, once home to the great American auto barons like Edsel Ford, Horace Dodge, Russell Alger, the Jewetts, Chapins, Macauleys, etc., as well as many other leaders of 19th century American industry. At one point, Grosse Pointe boasted more yacht and sailing clubs per square mile than any other town in the States. The picture to the right is that of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, its neo-Venetian design recognized as Grosse Pointe's unofficial landmark.
I attended Columbia University, pursuing studies in European philosophy and Byzantine History. I am fluent in German and French; I read Italian. I have lived and worked in New York, London, Cairo, Washington DC, southeastern Europe and Vienna.
I moved to the Balkan region of Europe to report on the wars of former Yugoslavia, the beginning of my professional life. Some months later my work appeared in The Wall Street Journal, and for many years, off and on, after that. This work led to my first book contract, a non-fiction work on the Western betrayal of anti-communist allies over the course of the civil wars of Yugoslavia within World War II and describing the origins of that conflict within the context of the First World War. Shadows on the Mountain also describes the culture of literature and poetry that was the unusual consequence of that particular time. Above and to the right is a well-known photo of British soldiers blinded by gas--a reminder of the experimental horrors of World War I in gas and chemical warfare, and modern technology.
Of my book, one scholar and critic wrote: "The analysis is scrupulously objective, unbiased, and balanced. The focus, however, is on the philosophical dimension, the lessons of history that can be drawn from this tragedy.... [T]his is an invaluable book on this subject and one that should be read by anyone who wants to understand the World War II history of Yugoslavia". In the words of another reviewer: "This exquisite work is accompanied by biographical vignettes of key figures whose undaunted heroism bring deep appreciation of who they were, what they accomplished in the preservation of a nation, and why insurgents revered and feared their very existence." You may see more reviews of the work here.
I previously lived and worked in Vienna, Austria, reporting alternatively for The Wall Street Journal Europe and The International Herald Tribune. My work was noted by a prominent statesman and the head of a well-known banking family, recognized for their extensive private collection of art. This association led to a professional relationship, not to mention a personal appreciation for Old Master painting, particularly the Northern Renaissance and Spanish Baroque.