Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent whose articles and books have led The Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.”
Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for The New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. He was the Times bureau chief in Nicaragua during the 1980s, and in Germany during the early 1990s. In 1996 he was named chief of the newly opened Times bureau in Istanbul. Later he was appointed national culture correspondent, based in Chicago.
Before joining The New York Times, Kinzer was Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe. He is now a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, where he teaches international relations. He contributes to The Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe.
He has written books about Central America, Rwanda, Turkey, and Iran, as well as others that trace the history of American foreign policy. Kinzer’s most recent book is The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. Kinzer’s previous book was Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future. In 2006 Kinzer published Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. It recounts the 14 times the United States has overthrown foreign governments. Kinzer seeks to explain why these interventions were carried out and what their long-term effects have been. He is also the author of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. It tells how the CIA overthrew Iran’s nationalist government in 1953.