Rob Schultheis is an author and journalist who lives in Telluride, Colorado. He has written books about the wars in Afghanistan (both with the Soviet Union, and the war in 2002) and the 2003 Iraq War, as well as books about Colorado, the Western United States, and extreme sports such as mountain climbing. He has also written articles for magazines such as Time, and newspapers such as the New York Times and The Washington Post.
In 1982, his book The Hidden West: Journey in the American Outback was published. It was described by a New York Times review as "A celebration of that vast expanse of remaining American frontier."
In 1992, Schultheis' book Night Letters: Inside Wartime Afghanistan, was published, on the topic of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, which he covered in person as a journalist. A Library Journal review states "His descriptions of the many individuals and their savage landscape are unforgettable, and his tales of the desperate yet eager combat by a remarkably resilient people give some of the most vivid images of that war available to us in the West." A review in Publisher's Weekly states, "In this chronicle of high adventure Schultheis succeeds in conveying his exhilaration to the reader."
Waging Peace: A Special Operations Team's Battle to Rebuild Iraq (2005), was written after Schultheis spent six months in 2004 as an embedded journalist with a US. Army Civil Affairs team who was tasked with working on rebuilding operations in a Shi'ite neighborhood in Baghdad, during the Iraq war. One review calls the book "amusing as well as surprising", and goes on to say, "there's valuable information here about the unsung heroes who do the dirty work required to help push Iraqis toward a better life and democracy."
In Hunting Bin Laden: How al-Qaeda Is Winning the War on Terror (2008), Schultheis questions the military tactics in the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. One review calls it "one of the rawest accounts of Afghanistan's suffering to emerge from a growing library documenting the country's misery."
- Rob Schultheis (1982). The Hidden West: Journey in the American Outback. Random House. ISBN 0-394-50612-X.
- Rob Schultheis (1984). Bone Games. Random House. ISBN 0-394-53967-2.
- Rob Schultheis (1988-12-04). "Upwardly Mobile". The New York Times.
- Rob Schultheis (1992-03-31). Night Letters: Inside Wartime Afghanistan. Crown. ISBN 0-517-58861-7.
- Rob Schultheis (March 2001). Fool's Gold. The Lyon's Press. ISBN 1-58574-136-1.
- Rob Schultheis (2005-06-23). Waging Peace: A Special Operations Team's Battle to Rebuild Iraq. Gotham. ISBN 1-59240-127-9.
- Rob Schultheis (2008-06-24). Hunting bin Laden: How al-Qaeda Is Winning the War on Terror. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1-60239-244-7.
- "New York Times book review". Amazon.com.
- Mel D. Lane. "Library Journal review of Night Letters". Amazon.com.
- Andrew Welsh-Huggins (2008-06-27). "Tale of botched terror war marred by errors". The San Diego Union Tribune.
- Verna Noel Jones (2005-07-08). "The ongoing battle: Troubles and triumphs in post-invasion Iraq". Rocky Mountain News.
- "Rob Schultheis". Penguin Group USA web site. Retrieved 2006-05-29.