· Practiced real estate law, but quit to pursue a writing career.
· Worked full-time as a drapery and window blinds installer and later as a Wal-Mart options trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
· Hired by the Chicago Sun-Times as a data entry clerk, a position that led to a full-time features writing job.
· In 2000, Esquire published “My Favorite Teacher,” his first magazine story, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award.
· Later moved from the Sun-Times to Chicago magazine, then to Esquire, where he is a contributing editor.
“Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II” (2004)
Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from University of Wisconsin, Law degree from Harvard Law School
Grew up in the Chicago suburbs. Currently lives in Chicago.
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