David Kaplan (author)

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David E. Kaplan (born 1955) is an investigative reporter and former director of the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.[1] Before this post, he worked for the American newsweekly U.S. News & World Report.


David E. Kaplan commonly writes about terrorism, organized crime, and intelligence. He is co-author of the award-winning book Yakuza (University of California Press, 2003), widely considered[by whom?] the definitive work on Japanese organized crime.

Kaplan is also co-author of The Cult at the End of the World, on the Aum doomsday sect behind the 1995 nerve gassing of Tokyo's subway (Crown, 1996); and author of Fires of the Dragon, on the life and murder of Taiwanese-American journalist Henry Liu.


  • Alec Dubro,Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld, Expanded Edition, University of California Press, January 1, 2003, ISBN 0-520-21562-1
  • Cult at the End of the World: The Terrifying Story of the Aum Doomsday Cult, from the Subways of Tokyo to the Nuclear Arsenals of Russia, Crown Publishers, 1996, ISBN 0-517-70543-5


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