Eric Schmitt

Eric Schmitt
Doug Mills, New York Times

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Eric Schmitt is a terrorism correspondent for The New York Times and has embedded with troops in Iraq, Somalia, and Pakistan. Schmitt has twice been a member of Times reporting teams that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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Doug Mills, New York Times
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Q & A

Where are you from?
I am from the San Francisco Bay area and currently live in the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia.

Who are your favorite writers?
Ivan Doig and John Steinbeck

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
"This House of Sky" and  "The Power Broker"

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Long-distance running, swimming, cycling, baseball.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Never stop asking questions.

What is your favorite quote?
"The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all."—Churchill

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Q: Do newspaper reporters have a liberal bias? 
A: No, we're equal-opportunity skeptics of both liberals and conservatives.  

What inspired you to write your first book?
Thom and I believe we have a very compelling story to tell about a pivotal moment in American history.

Where do you write?
Desktop computer at home; laptop on the road.


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Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker
St. Martin's Griffin

"Fast paced, gripping . . . [a] well written dive into the arcane world of counterterrorism over the past decade ." —Foreign Policy   In Counterstrike, Eric...

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