Articles

My work is mostly published in The New York Times, where I have been a staff writer since 2008. This page on its website lists the most recent articles in reverse chronological order in which I had a byline or a contributor note.

Occasionally I have published work in a different periodical. Here are some book review-essays:

Mission Creep: What are the lessons of the United States’ 20-year war in Afghanistan?” The Nation, March 21, 2022. (An essay based on The Afghanistan Papers by Craig Whitlock)

The Rise of Private Spies: What happens when online investigators and detectives-for-hire take on intelligence work?” The New Republic, May 10, 2021. (An essay based on We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News by Eliot Higgins)

The Blacked-Out Line: Nicholson Baker in the Labyrinths of American Secrecy,” The Nation, October 6, 2020. (An essay based on Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act by Nicholas Baker)

Controlling the Chief,” The New York Review of Books, (an essay based on The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared War Against America’s Presidents by Mark Perry)

Was Snowden a Russian Agent?” The New York Review of Books, February 9, 2017. (An essay based on How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft by Edward Jay Epstein and Snowden, a film directed by Oliver Stone)
General Hayden’s Offensive,” The New York Review of Books, May 26, 2016. (An essay based on Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror by Michael V. Hayden)

A special project I undertook about culture war and the history of the relationship between my hometown — Fort Wayne, Indiana — and the Miami Tribe, which controlled the region before the conquest by General “Mad” Anthony Wayne in the Northwest Indiana War, was published in Politico Magazine, with an outtake published in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

When the Culture Wars Hit Fort Wayne,” Politico Magazine, July 31, 2020

Buried Concerns,” The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Aug. 16, 2020