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Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. From 2008 to April 2014, he was vice president and director of public policy for the EastWest Institute, an international affairs think tank. Nagorski is based in New York but continues to travel extensively, writing for numerous publications. His most recent book is The Nazi Hunters (Simon & Schuster, 2016).
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland of Polish parents (who shortly after his birth emigrated to the United States), he attended school overseas while his father was in the United States Foreign Service. He earned a B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College in 1969 and studied at the University of Cracow. Nagorski taught social studies at Wayland High School in Massachusetts before joining Newsweek.
After joining Newsweek International in 1973 as an associate editor, he was its assistant managing editor from 1977 to 1978. From 1978 to 1980, Nagorski was the Hong Kong-based Asian regional editor for Newsweek International and then as Hong Kong Bureau Chief.
From 1990 to 1994, he served as Newsweek’s Warsaw bureau chief, and he has served two tours of duty as Newsweek’s Moscow bureau chief, first in the early 1980s and then from 1995 to 1996. In 1982, he gained international notoriety when the Soviet government, angry about his enterprising reporting, expelled him from the country. After spending the next two and a half years as Rome bureau chief, he became Bonn bureau chief.
As Berlin bureau chief from 1996 to 1999, Nagorski provided in-depth reporting about Germany's efforts to overcome the legacy of division, the immigration debate, and German-Jewish relations. From Berlin, Nagorski also covered Central Europe, taking advantage of his long experience in the region and his knowledge of Polish, Russian, German and French.
Nagorski was in New York as a senior editor for Newsweek from January 2000 till 2008, after serving as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw and Berlin. Nagorski developed the editorial cooperation between Newsweek International and its network of foreign language editions and other joint venture partners. The most recent additions have been Newsweek Russia, which was launched in June 2004, and Newsweek Polska. Nagorski was at the EastWest Institute as Vice President and Director of Public Policy. Nagorski also continues to write reviews and commentaries for Newsweek International. He has been honored three times by the Overseas Press Club for his reporting.
In 2009, Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski presented Nagorski with the newly created Bene Merito award for his reporting from Poland about the Solidarity movement in the 1980s. In 2011, Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski awarded him the Cavalry Cross for the same reason. In 2014, Poland’s former President and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa presented the “Lech Walesa Media Award” to Nagorski “for dedication to the cause of freedom and writing about Poland’s history and culture.”
Nagorski is the author of the non-fiction books Reluctant Farewell: An American Reporter’s Candid Look Inside the Soviet Union (New Republic/Henry Holt, 1985), The Birth of Freedom: Shaping Lives and Societies in the New Eastern Europe (Simon & Schuster, 1993), The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II, (Simon & Schuster, 2007) and "Hitlerland (Simon & Schuster, 2012) and "The Nazi Hunters (Simon & Schuster, 2016). The Greatest Battle was named a 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and "one of the best books of 2007" by the Washington Post. Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power was released in 2012 and received glowing reviews from numerous publications. The Chicago Tribune called it "riveting...an important, chilling book." The Washington Post called The Nazi Hunters a "deep and sweeping account of a relentless search for justice that began in 1945 and is only now coming to an end."
His first novel, Last Stop Vienna, about a young German who joins the early Nazi movement and then is propelled into a confrontation with Hitler, was published by Simon & Schuster in January 2003. Called a “fast-moving, riveting debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, it has appeared on the 'Washington Post’s bestseller list.
In 1988, Nagorski took a one-year leave of absence to serve as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank in Washington, D.C. In recent years, he has also served as an adjunct professor at the Bard College Center for Globalization and International Affairs, teaching a course on international affairs writing. He is chairman of the board of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Overseas Press Club.
- "Meet Newsweek: Andrew Nagorski, Senior Editor, International". msnbc. 2004-09-04. Archived from the original on 2005-01-17. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
- David L. Wilson (1989-09-09). "Washington's Movers and Shakers; Security". National Journal.
- Official website
- WW2DB: Review of Nagorski's The Greatest Battle
- Appearances on C-SPAN