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Tom Shroder is an award-winning journalist, editor, and author. His most recent book, "Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal," was selected as a Washington Post notable book of 2014. His earlier book, "Old Souls," is a classic study of the intersection between mysticism and science.
Shroder is also co-author, with former oil rig captain John Konrad, of "Fire on the Horizon,the Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster." Sebastian Junger, author of "War" and "The Perfect Storm," says of Fire on the Horizon, "It's one of the best disaster books I've ever read.. . I tore through it like a novel, but with the queasy knowledge that the whole damn thing is true. A phenomenal feat of journalism."
As editor of The Washington Post Magazine, he conceived and edited two Pulitzer Prize-winning feature stories. His most recent editing project, "Overwhemed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time," by Brigid Schulte, was a New York Times bestseller.
In addition to being an author and editor of narrative journalism, Shroder is one of the foremost editors of humor in the country. He has edited humor columns by Dave Barry, Gene Weingarten and Tony Kornheiser, as well as conceived and launched the internationally syndicated comic strip, Cul de Sac, by Richard Thompson. With humorist Barry and novelists Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard, he concocted and edited "Naked Came the Manatee," a satirical serial novel.
Shroder was born in New York City in 1954, the son of a novelist and a builder, and the grandson of MacKinlay Kantor, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his civil war novel "Andersonville." Shroder attended the University of Florida where he became Editor of the 22,000 circulation student daily newspaper despite the fact that he was an anthropology major (an affront for which the university's journalism faculty was slow to forgive him). After graduation in 1976, he wrote national award-winning features for the Fort Myers News Press, the Tallahassee Democrat, The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Miami Herald. At the Herald he became editor of Tropic magazine, which earned two Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure.
Shroder is also known for his creation, along with Barry and Weingarten, of the Tropic Hunt, which has become the Herald Hunt in Miami and the Post Hunt in Washington, a mass-participation puzzle attended by thousands each year.
Top Customer Reviews
Most appreciative this has been made available.
For example, the writer needed to say 1:15 PM or 1:15 AM, not just 1:15 Afghanistan time. The narrative concerning the certainty level of bin Laden's being there in the compound is a little garbled. Also, the use of slang can be disturbing. Maybe Navy Seals refer to going "tits up," but it seems more inept than anything else to say that the "Abbottabad compound was fishier than week old trout." (Remember how carefully Tom Wolfe handled the slang in The Right Stuff.) The piece doesn't always meet expected journalistic standards, and I wish it did. For example, the space shuttle Endeavour is referred to as the Endeavor. We are told once that Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and then a few paragraphs later we are told that Islamabad is the "capitol."
I see a great deal of value in this sort of publication and hope that future examples will be more carefully produced.
Tom Shroder's "The Hunt for Bin Laden," is obviously high-speed writing, but it is also high-quality, high-speed writing. It certainly needed additional work from an editor, but its editorial flaws are in places and of kinds that the average reader may not notice.
If you want to understand some version of what happened to Bin Laden for all those years and how we managed not to find him for nearly a decade after Al-Qaeda's seemingly immortal leader walked out of our grasp in the mountains of Afghanistan only to surface again in Abottobad in the heart of Pakistan, Shroder's: "The Hunt for Bin Laden" will provide you with a short, riveting read.
I recommend it highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent background, pre 9/11 information. Not much on the actual hunt though.Published 11 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Boring to read and nothing really new. Would not recommend it. Just a rehash of the actions taken to capture him .Published 23 months ago by FRANK
This is a short summary of The Washington Post coverage of the Capture of Bin Laden. I found out some things I didn't know before and read again the exciting tale of capture. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Lynn Ellingwood
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