Jeffrey Tayler

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Jeffrey Tayler
Photo of Jeffrey Tayler's face.

Jeffrey Tayler is a U.S.-born author and journalist. He is the Russia correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly[1] and a contributor to several other magazines as well as to NPR's All Things Considered. He has written several non-fiction books about different regions of the world which include Facing the Congo, Siberian Dawn, Glory in a Camel's Eye, and Angry Wind, the latter being a portrait of a journey through the Muslim portion of black Africa. River of no Reprieve is about a challenging raft trip down Russia's Lena River. He has been a contributor to Quillette since 2017.[2][3]

Tayler is an accomplished polyglot; in addition to his native English, he is fluent in Russian, Arabic, French, and modern Greek, and has a functioning knowledge of Spanish and Turkish.[4]

He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1988 to 1990.

Since the summer of 1993, he has lived in Moscow.[5]


  • Siberian Dawn: A Journey Across the New Russia (2000)
  • Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness (2000)
  • Valley of the Casbahs: A Journey Across the Moroccan Sahara (2003)
  • Glory in a Camel's Eye: A Perilous Trek Through the Greatest African Desert (2003)
  • Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel (2005) (also published as The Lost Kingdoms of Africa)
  • River of White Nights: A Siberian Odyssey (2006)
  • River of No Reprieve: Descending Siberia's Waterway of Exile, Death, and Destiny (2006)
  • Murderers in Mausoleums: Riding the Back Roads of Empire Between Moscow and Beijing (2009) (also published as In The Bloody Footsteps Of Ghengis Khan: An Epic Journey Across the Steppes, Mountains and Deserts from Red Square to Tiananmen Square)
  • Topless Jihadis: Inside Femen, the World’s Most Provocative Activist Group (2013)
  • In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's Eleven Time Zones (2019), with Nina Khrushcheva


  1. ^ Tayler, Jeffrey. "Jeffrey Tayler". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Quillette. June 27, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jeffrey Tayler, Author at Quillette". Quillette. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Houghton Mifflin author bio: Jeffrey Tayler
  5. ^ Rolf Potts' vagabonding update: Jeffrey Tayler