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 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. In a visit to Korea after the April Revolution, Tim witnessed South Korea's autocrat Syngman Rhee overthrown. He later said, "That was the first time in my life that I ever saw people rise up and throw out a dictator. I always remember the April uprising. That was a big influence on my life."
- Spies for hire: the secret world of intelligence outsourcing. New York: Simon & Schuster. (2008) ISBN 9780743282253, OCLC 449219513
- 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) OCLC 44658055
- "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)