The Riddle of Everest

Last May, 75 years after the disappearance of famed British climber George Mallory and his protégé, Sandy Irvine, five young Americans scaled the long-forbidden, corpse-strewn North Face of Mount Everest in seach of answers to an enduring mystery: was Mallory the first man to reach the summit?

Sep 1999

The Miranda Obsession

She said she was a beautiful, well-connected blonde named Miranda, and she enchanted an astonishing circle of powerful men–Billy Joel, Paul Schrader, Buck Henry, and Quincy Jones among them–with her flirtatious, gossipy phone calls. But who was the woman behind the voice?

Dec 1999

Ovitz Agonistes

Forced to sell his dream company, Artists Management Group, for a paltry $12 million, his reputation tattered, Michael Ovitz wants the world to know he’s a victim, sabotaged by the vicious backstabbing of David Geffen, the “Gay Mafia,” former protégés at CAA, Disney C.E.O. Michael Eisner, and The New York Times. Is Ovitz paranoid, or were they out to get him? The author hears from the man who once was king, the people he blames for a six-year nightmare, and Jeff Kwatinetz, the relatively unknown 37-year-old who bought his company.

Aug 2002

Bringing down Bear Stearns

On Monday, March 10, the rumor started: Bear Stearns was having liquidity problems. In fact, the maverick investment bank had around $18 billion in cash reserves. But soon the speculation created its own reality, and the race was on to keep Bear’s crisis from ravaging Wall Street. With the blow-by-blow from insiders, Bryan Burrough follows the players—Bear’s stunned executives, trigger-happy reporters at CNBC, a nervous Fed, a shadowy group of short-sellers—in what some believe was the greatest financial scandal in history.

Aug 2008
From the Web

Remembrance of Wings Past

Merv Adelson, the once powerful producer, whose TV hits (The Waltons, Dallas, Knots Landing) made him hugely wealthy, and who was married to Barbara Walters, finally talks about the greatest mystery of his career—his Mafia ties—as well as the ambition that was his undoing.

Mar 2013
From the Web

Marc Dreier’s Crime of Destiny

Great things were always expected of Marc Dreier, and he expected them for himself. He needed the hotshot litigating career and a life stuffed with rich men’s toys. He needed a Hamptons beachfront house. Thus began a four-year Ponzi scheme—involving audacious impersonations and $380 million stolen from 13 hedge funds—which all unraveled just days before the Madoff scandal broke, bringing the 59-year-old attorney a 20-year prison sentence. In conjunction with CBS’s 60 Minutes, Bryan Burrough gets Dreier’s blow-by-blow account of what it’s like to turn bad.

Nov 2009
From the Web

Another Night to Remember

When the Costa Concordia, a floating pleasure palace carrying 4,200 people, hit a rock off the Italian coast on January 13, it became the largest passenger ship ever wrecked, supplanting the Titanic in maritime history. Bryan Burrough reconstructs an epic fight for survival—in which all too many would perish.

May 2012
From the Web

Rick Perry Has Three Strikes against Him

(Pay-to-play cronyism. Roughshod, right-wing politics. And … Oops, read on)

Rick Perry’s already lackluster presidential bid went on a deathwatch after his debate debacle. Discover the surprising reasons behind the campaign’s train wreck and how Perry, with an unbroken string of nine political victories, might yet stage a comeback—despite his shocking backroom dealings with big campaign donors, the rumors about gay affairs and painkiller use, and the nasty bullying tactics he has used to implement a truly radical agenda.

Jan 2012
From the Web

The Convictions of Conrad Black

Conrad Black, the high-flying Canadian-born press lord, went to U.S. federal prison in 2008 on a wave of public vitriol similar to that now engulfing his onetime rival Rupert Murdoch. Black served 29 months, mounted a partially successful Supreme Court appeal, was freed on bail, but now faces re-incarceration. More remarkable than his epic war for vindication is Black’s willingness to talk—and talk, and publish a book—about his ordeal. Bryan Burrough listens.

Oct 2011
From the Web

Storm Warning

When 115 sailboats left Sydney Harbour on Saturday, December 26, for the 54th Sydney–Hobart yacht race, the sun was shining and software tycoon Larry Ellison’s 80-foot Sayonara was favored to win. By Monday morning, the sea had unleashed its full fury, seven boats had been shattered by waves that topped 80 feet, and six sailors were dead.
May 2000
From the Web

Mad about the Boys

Until he fled the country in January, accused of embezzling more than $300 million, Lou Pearlman was famous as the impresario behind the Backstreet Boys and ’NSync. Turns out his investors weren’t the only victims, colleagues reveal: Pearlman’s passion for boy bands was also a passion for boys.

Nov 2007
From the Web

Showdown at Fort Sumner

Two years after Paramount purchased DreamWorks, Hollywood is transfixed by one of the nastiest breakups ever. As Sumner Redstone and David Geffen went to war (over Steven Spielberg?), the author got it from both sides.

Dec 2007
From the Web

The Man Who Was Texas

In the late 1940s, the press informed an astonished America that some of its wealthiest citizens were a group of oilmen that included H. L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, and Hugh Roy Cullen. Another of them, the swaggering, combustible Glenn McCarthy, would emerge as the symbol of a new Texas. The inspiration for the James Dean character in Giant, he drilled himself a fortune, built a vast hotel in Houston, and then fell into obscurity. In an excerpt from his new book, Bryan Burrough recounts McCarthy’s epic rise and fall.

Oct 2008
From the Web

Nightmare on Elwood Avenue

How did Maria Cruz, a 35-year-old analyst for Barclays Capital who vanished on April 13, 2003, end up buried beneath a concrete slab at an old mansion in Newark, New Jersey? The evidence would eventually point to Cruz’s laser specialist, Dean Faiello, a former construction worker, who was impersonating a doctor. With the help of Faiello’s friends and former lovers, the author follows a two-decade spiral of drugs, deception, and denial to its horrifying conclusion.

Jun 2004
From the Web

Sleeping with the Fishes

Happy at last, Sumner Redstone is still far from mellow—witness his public trashing of superstar Tom Cruise and firing of Viacom C.E.O. Tom Freston. At home in Beverly Hills, the 83-year-old tycoon and his new wife, Paula, reveal their love story, her role in the Cruise decision, and what he claims was Freston’s big mistake.

Dec 2006
From the Web

How Harvey Got His Groove Back

After several years in the wilderness, Harvey Weinstein has come roaring back (if a bit less loudly) into the moviemaking sweet spot. Bryan Burrough learns about the darkest hours of a man who, love him or hate him, may be the last true impresario.

Mar 2011
From the Web

Missing White Female

A missing girl. A desperate family. A tropical island. The disappearance of beautiful, blonde teenager Natalee Holloway on Aruba last May has become America’s most tragic reality show. But behind the cable-ratings bonanza is a war of wills and cultures, as Natalee’s mother, Beth Twitty, alleging an official cover-up, has turned Aruba upside down to find out what happened to her daughter. Sorting fact from rumor, with new information from the police, the author cuts to the heart of the case.

Jan 2006
From the Web

The Siege of Paramount

The sale of Paramount Communications snowballed into a public spectacle pitting C.E.O. Martin Davis and Viacom’s Sumner Redstone against QVC’s Barry Diller. But the secret history of the deal stretched back over four years of clandestine meetings and boardroom dramas.

Feb 1994
From the Web

Invisible Enemies

Pseudonymous hackers have invaded hundreds of Web sites, including those of NASDAQ, the Pentagon, the White House, Yahoo, eBay, The New York Times, ABC, and the F.B.I., causing billions of dollars in damage. Tracking the criminals, as the Justice Department has discovered, is nearly impossible.

Jun 2000
From the Web

Death and Texas

Feb 2009