Andrew Meier

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Andrew Meier is a nonfiction author and journalist who writes on political and foreign affairs. At present, he is a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.

Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall (W.W. Norton, 2003) was widely hailed as one of the best books on Russia to appear since the end of the USSR.

The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Secret Service (W.W. Norton, 2008) is an award-winning biography of the first-known American to spy for the Soviets, Isaiah “Cy” Oggins.

Both were named to a number of “Book of the Year” lists.

Meier is at work on a biography of the Morgenthau family—four generations spanning the presidencies of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy—to be published by Random House.

A graduate of Wesleyan and Oxford, Meier has reported from Russia and the former USSR for more than two decades, where he worked as a staff correspondent for Time. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, and the Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library. In 2013, he was named a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Meier has also written for Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Outside, The Washington Post. In addition, he reported for PBS documentaries, and is a frequent commentator on the BBC, CNN, and NPR.

Meier lives in New York City, where he teaches Nonfiction and Journalism at the New School University.

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