Almost Human

That hair! Those teeth! Those jokes that sound … for a minute … almost … natural! The author followed Mitt Romney’s campaign for a month, in search of the man behind the robot.

Feb 2008
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Manhunt at Menard Creek

Surrounded by snarling prison dogs, a thief drowns in a muddy slough after a two-day chase. Lawmen swear it was an accident, but the U.S. Justice Department wants to make a federal case out of it.

Oct 1993

Boondoggle Goes Boom

A demented tale of how the Army actually does business.

Jun 2013

The Future Mr. Speaker

Chris Van Hollen has the talent to run the House. If he ever gets his chance.

Feb 2013

Called to the Holy Mountain

The monks of Mount Athos.

Why Her and Not Me?

The seasoned journalist was supposed to be the one held hostage in Somalia, but an inexperienced young freelancer was captured instead. A story of one woman’s survival in the most brutal of circumstances—and one man’s survivor guilt.

Sep 2013

Say a Prayer for Justin Volpe

A NYC cop is doing 30 years without parole for what he did with a broomstick in a bathroom. Can you see him as more than a monster? His parents hope so.

Feb 2005

The Unmaking of a President

The nomination was his—or so it seemed—until a deadly storm of feuding counselors, overreaching promises, and uncontrolled rage brought everything crashing down around John McCain.

Nov 2007
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Opium Wars

A key step to securing peace will be to wean Afghan farmers off growing poppies.

Old as the Hill

Senator Robert C. Byrd is one of the most powerful men in Congress. He’s also 90. Now he’s gearing up for the biggest fight of his life: stopping people in his own party from pushing him out the door.

Sep 2008

Unburying the Aztec

The excavation of a sacred pyramid is turning up clues to the empire’s bloody rituals—but so far, no sign of its most feared emperor.


Since leading Ohio State to a national championship in 2002, running back Maurice Clarett has gone down in a blaze of guns, booze, and bad decisions. The author meets him at the end of the road.

Nov 2006
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Kings of Controversy

Was the Kingdom of David and Solomon a glorious empire—or just a little cow town? It depends on which archaeologist you ask.

The Prez and I

The author got to know our outgoing president as more than just a smirking frat boy, a hapless commander in chief, or the guy nobody pays attention to anymore—he got to know George W. Bush as a man.

Jan 2009

The Toxic Pharmacist

Robert Courtney wanted to get rich, and he wasn’t going to let dying patients stand in his way.

Lindsey Graham, Maverick

The White House courts him. Tea Party supporters shun him. The Republican senator from South Carolina is right where he wants to be.

Prisoner of War

John McCain staked his presidential hopes on his judgment about the Iraq war. The author retraces the senator’s steps through the minefield—and recounts what he learned.

Oct 2008

Joe Biden Can’t Shut Up …

… About Bush, the Democrats, the mess in Iraq. About his chances in 2008 and how he’s going to explain his past screwups. About his near-death experiences. About Republican hypocrisy …

Mar 2006

The Wrong Man For the Job

We’ve been told countless times that Afghanistan is the one true success story in our War on Terror and that President Hamid Karzai is the shining example of what a moderate Muslim leader should be. Too bad neither is turning out to be true.

May 2006
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And He Shall Be Judged

Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly. But as he waits for that day, a new group of critics—his administration peers—are suddenly speaking out for the first time.

Jun 2009

He’s Baaack!

Seven years after his humiliating fall from power, Newt Gingrich is a changed man. Happily married, playing golf, writing Civil War novels. And talking about running for president.

Aug 2005

Rick Santorum Is Straight

About America, his politics and family values. But there are a few things he would like you not to do in your bedroom.

Aug 2003

Obama’s BFF

Valerie Jarrett is one of the president’s most influential advisers. So what does she do, exactly?

The Palin Network

A who’s who and what’s what of the inner circle of the top G.O.P. shadow candidate.