Robert Kurson is an American author, best known for his 2004 bestselling book, Shadow Divers, the true story of two Americans who discover a World War II German U-boat sunk 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey.
Kurson also wrote the nonfiction book Crashing Through, which was published in 2007. Crashing Through recounts the story of Mike May, a prominent American entrepreneur and sports enthusiast, who regains his eyesight after a lifetime of blindness. Kurson based the book on his 2005 award-winning article "Into the Light" in Esquire magazine.
Kurson's professional writing career began at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a sports agate clerk and soon gained 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. He moved from the Sun-Times to Chicago magazine, then to Esquire, where he is a contributing editor. His stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications.
- Kurson, Robert (2004). Shadow Divers. New York: Random House. pp. 375 pp. ISBN 978-0-375-50858-5. OCLC: 52902501.
- Kurson, Robert (2007). Crashing Through. New York: Random House. pp. 306 pp. ISBN 978-1-4000-6335-2. OCLC: 80917348.
- Maslin, Janet (2004-06-24), BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Bones Amid the China in a Sub At the Bottom of the Atlantic. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
- 11 weeks on The New York Times Best-Seller for 'Hardcover Nonfiction' as of 2004-09-26, The New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.
- Maslin, Janet (May 21, 2007). "Book Review: Crashing Through". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
- "Crashing Through: A Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See.". Esquire. May 1, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
- "Writing Out Loud Lineup Announced". The News-Dispatch. 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-16.[dead link]
- "Points of Pride.(nominations for National Magazine Awards)(Brief Article)". Esquire. 2001-06-01. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
- Robert Kurson website, retrieved December 8th, 2007
- "In Town: Robert Kurson, C. J. Box". Journal Sentinel Inc. May 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-16.