Mark Seal

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Mark Seal
BornUnited States
OccupationJournalist, author
GenreJournalism, non-fiction

Mark Seal is an American journalist and author. Seal worked as a journalist in Texas before becoming a freelance magazine writer in 1984, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2003, and has written and co-written about 15 books.[1]

Seal's magazine writings have appeared in Esquire, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, Texas Monthly, InStyle, Town & Country, Time, and The New York Times.[1] Prior to 1984 when Seal became a freelance magazine writer, he worked as a reporter at several Texas newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News.[1]

He has collaborated on more than 15 non-fiction books, including Alex Spanos's Sharing the Wealth, Bo Derek's Riding Lessons, and Jerry Speziale's Without a Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal Organization.[1]

Seal has written a number of books including Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa (2009), a biography of the adventurous life of African wildlife photographer Joan Root.[1] His 2011 book, The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, is about Christian Gerhartsreiter, the serial imposter who posed as a member of the Rockefeller family in what has been described as one of the longest scams in history.[2] The book is in preliminary development to be made into a movie by Fox Searchlight, directed by Walter Salles and produced by Donald De Line.[3]



  • Seal, Mark (2009). Wildflower : an extraordinary life and untimely death in Africa. New York: Random House.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Mark Seal, bio page at Vanity Fair
  2. ^ Michiko Kakutani. "Fooling Them All With a Big Name", New York Times Book Review, June 6, 2011
  3. ^ Dave McNary (January 31, 2013). "Walter Salles in talks for 'Rockefeller Suit'". Variety. Retrieved February 27, 2013.

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