The son of missionary parents, Shorrock grew up in Japan shortly after the US occupation following the Second World War. He has written articles for several notable magazines, including Harper's, Mother Jones, The Nation, and Salon. He also worked as a reporter in the Washington bureau of The Journal of Commerce.
- Spies for hire: the secret world of intelligence outsourcing. New York: Simon & Schuster. (2008)
- The political economy of the Pacific Rim: an analysis of the relationship between the Pacific Northwest and East Asia. Berkeley, Calif: Pacific Rim Economic Project. (1980)
- "Selling (Off) Iraq – How to 'privatize' a country and make millions". The Nation. 276 (24), 11. (2003)
- "Crony Capitalism Goes Global – Bush Sr. and others open doors for the Carlyle Group." The Nation. 274 (12), 11. (2002)
- "Debacle in Kwangju". The Nation. 263 (19), 19. (1996)
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