A. Before writing books full-time, I was a correspondent for Newsweek then TIME magazine. Before that, I worked in Congress as a legislative assistant.
A. Every job I've had has been my favorite at the time. I enjoyed being a newspaper and magazine correspondent. I enjoyed as well taking a break from journalism and working on Capitol Hill. Book writing is now my favorite job.
A. I went to high school in Richmond, Virginia. I received my undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and my master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
A. For my generation it had to be the Beatles.
A. Usually, it's the last one I saw and liked, such as "The King's Speech."
A. The murder mysteries on PBS.
A. Constantly experimenting, writing, trying new and different things.
A. Get the most out of life. It's shorter than you think.
A. Writing historical biographies. I had a wonderful time prowling archives in the United States and overseas researching my latest biography of Wild Bill Donovan. Producing biographies can be difficult and time-consuming. But the work can be immensely gratifying.
A. Not having another book idea.
A. I'd probably stay in Washington, D.C. For a journalist writing about politics, national security or military history it's the best town.
A. I don't know if I identify with him, but I think Franklin Roosevelt was our greatest modern leader.
A. I can't think of one. Reporters tend not to hero worship in the present.
A. My wife and kids say I have a number of them, which they always point out in my early manuscripts.
A. Not studying harder in college.
A. To be a novelist. Nonfiction writing is the best I can do.
A. Marrying Judy Berson and raising three kids.
A. I'm not the best stylist in my writing.
A. I am a dogged and meticulous researcher.
A. I'm pretty happy just being me.
A. I tend to be low key and easy going.
A. I love the heroes in Hemingway's novels.
A. None stand out for me. I tend to read and forget them.
A. I've said in book talks that I would have loved to have been a reporter during World War II and to have covered Wild Bill Donovan. He was such a fascinating character. And I probably would have covered him. Donovan liked to leak to reporters.
A. Demagogues and stupid politicians.
A. Teaching, reading, and jogging.
A. Writing books full-time.
A. Honesty, integrity, and compassion.
A. I like a good steak, but I'd certainly get tired of them if that was my meal the rest of my days.
A. I love tuning into the "Oldies" station on my radio but I'm hopeless remembering the titles to songs.
A. My favorite authors are Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, and Theodore H. White.
A. A Tale of Two Cities, A Farewell To Arms, and the Making of the President series.
A. I don't reread books. Even for my favorites, once is enough.
A. Write, don't just talk about it, write.
A. They tell me I succeed in placing them in the action of the book. They feel like they are there with the characters, which is gratifying for a nonfiction writer.