Scott Anderson (novelist)

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Scott Anderson is an American novelist, journalist, and a veteran war correspondent. He wrote novels Triage, Moonlight Hotel, The Man Who tried to Save the World, and War Zones. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire, Men’s Journal, Vanity Fair and other publications.


Anderson grew up in East Asia, primarily in Taiwan and Korea, where his father was an agricultural advisor for the American government.[1] His career began with a 1994 article in Harper's Magazine on the Northern Ireland events. The 2007 movie The Hunting Party starring Richard Gere and Terrence Howard, is partially based on his work in Bosnia.[2] The 2009 drama film Triage starring Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Sir Christopher Lee, is based on his novel. Lawrence in Arabia, his latest book, narrates the experiences of T. E. Lawrence in Arabia and explores the complexity of the Middle East.[3]

His brother is Jon Lee Anderson, an author and journalist, and they have co-authored two books together.[4] Anderson currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

GQ article controversy[edit]

In a September 2009 issue of GQ, Anderson wrote an article supporting the theory of Putin's role in the Russian apartment bombings, based in part on his interviews with Mikhail Trepashkin[5] The journal owner, Condé Nast, then took extreme measures to prevent an article by Anderson from appearing in the Russian media, both physically and in translation.[6] According to the NPR, Anderson was asked not to syndicate the article to any Russian publications, but told GQ he would refuse the request.

Awards and honors[edit]



  • The 4 O'Clock Murders
  • The Man who Tried to Save the World
  • Inside the League. With Jon Lee Anderson
  • War Zones. With Jon Lee Anderson
  • Lawrence in Arabia. (Doubleday, 2013 ISBN 978-0-385-53292-1)

Select articles[edit]



  1. ^ Scott Anderson, the coolest man in journalism, an interview by Sasha Sanchez.
  2. ^ "Scott Anderson". 
  3. ^ Anderson, Scott. "review of Lawrence in Arabia". NY Times. 
  4. ^ "Author Interview: Scott Anderson, Author Of 'Lawrence In Arabia' : NPR". 19 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Who was behind the 1999 Moscow apartment bombings that accelerated Vladimir Putin's rise to power? by Scott Anderson, GQ Magazine, March 30, 2017
  6. ^ Why 'GQ' Doesn't Want Russians To Read Its Story, by David Folkenflik, NPR, September 4, 2009.
  7. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 

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