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Lyman graduated from Florida State University. He has written on topics from South America, including the thesis that the border conflict between Peru and Ecuador could be based on pre-Columbian Inca roots, and was the first to break the story that the U.S. government was guilty of using illegal poison to eradicate coca crops in the Amazon jungle, contributing to a reversal of U.S. policy in this area.
His work has been published in periodicals including the San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic News, Reason Magazine, USA Today, "The Hollywood Reporter", UPI and the Wall Street Journal. He is also an editor and columnist for The American, a monthly magazine published in Rome.[not in citation given]
- "U.S. accused of creating blight, Killing coca plants and harming other crop", The San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 1999
- "UN World Summit Pact Gets Mixed Reviews", National Geographic News, September 3, 2002
- "Private Life: How privatization is starting to revive Peru", Reason Magazine, 1996 Archived February 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Italian atheist sues priest over Jesus' existence", USA Today, January 30, 2006
- "Analysis: Hollywood at the service of science", United Press International (UPI), July 1, 2004
- "Should he stay or should he go? The case for Alberto Fujimori," The Wall Street Journal, 1998
- Lyman profile, The American magazine
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