2024 books!

I’m thrilled to announce that on May 14, 2024, Hachette  will publish The Situation Room, by George Stephanopoulos with Lisa Dickey. George was an absolute dream to work with, and the book is a riveting popular history of one of the most secretive spaces in American government. You can preorder the book here. Advance praise from Booklist: This book opens with a new perspective on the events of January 6, 2021: that of Mike Stiegler, a White House Situation Room officer, who stepped out of his car at 4:20 a.m.…

The things we carried

When Gary Matoso and I went on that first trip across Russia, in 1995, we brought along enough cords, adapters, floppy disks, rolls of film and batteries to open our own pop-up Best Buy. At that time, it would have been virtually impossible to replace anything that got lost or broken on the road, so we made sure we had at least two of everything.

40 years ago

In the summer of 1976, when I was nine, my mother decided she’d like to visit the Soviet Union. My father was a US Navy pilot, the Cold War was in full swing, and Russians, as far as I knew, were our sworn enemies. What in the world was my mother thinking, going there on vacation?