David Kushner is a writer who has contributed to publications including Wired, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, IEEE Spectrum and Salon. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as a senior producer and writer on the SonicNet website. The first edition of his non-fiction book, Masters of Doom, was published in 2003. His second non-fiction book, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, was published in 2005. Kushner's book, Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb, was published in 2009.
In 2012, his narrative non-fiction book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto was published. Jacked provided an inside look at the inner-workings of the video game company Rockstar Games, makers of the controversial Grand Theft Auto series, and attorney Jack Thompson's attempt to destroy it. The book served as the basis for a film on the BBC, Game Changer.
Kushner's 2016 autobiography, Alligator Candy, describes the abduction and murder of his preteen brother, Jonathan Kushner. One of the individuals convicted for murder, Johnny Paul Witt, was executed by the State of Florida after a lengthy appeal (see Wainwright v. Witt). David Kushner's book investigates details of the murder and describes the emotional trauma this inflicted on the family.
- The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise 2019
- Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D 2017
- Alligator Candy: A Memoir 2016
- The World's Most Dangerous Geek: And More True Hacking Stories 2016
- Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories 2015
- The Bones of Marianna: A Reform School, a Terrible Secret, and a Hundred-Year Fight for Justice 2013
- Kushner, David (2012). Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto. John Wiley & Sons.
- Levittown: Two Extraordinary Families, One Ruthless Tycoon, and the Fight for the American Dream 2009
- Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas 2005
- Kushner, David (2003). Masters of Doom. New York: Random House.
- A for Anonymous: How a Mysterious Hacker Collective Transformed the World
Essays and reporting
- Kushner, David (May 2015). "Why 4chan's overlord walked away : Christopher Poole's website made him an unlikely teenage celebrity - then it spun out of control". Rolling Stone (Australia). 762: 68–71.
- Kushner, David. "Can Trauma Help You Grow?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "Sunday Conversation: Memoir of a brother's murder". WTSP. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "Book Review: Author explores horrendous family tragedy". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "David Kushner talks about memoir 'Alligator Candy' solving the mystery of a brother's murder". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.