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Kai Bird is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, best known for his biographies of political figures. He has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography, the Duff Cooper Prize, a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Contributing Editor of The Nation magazine.

Bird was born in 1951. His father was a U.S. Foreign Service officer, and he spent his childhood in Jerusalem, Beirut, Dhahran, Cairo and Bombay. He finished high school in 1969 at Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, South India. He received his BA from Carleton College in 1973 and a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1975. Bird now lives in Miami Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan Goldm
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Kai Bird Every night I decide what small anecdote or piece of the story I would find most interesting to write about the next morning. I get started by writing…moreEvery night I decide what small anecdote or piece of the story I would find most interesting to write about the next morning. I get started by writing up that anecdote. (less)
Kai Bird Robert Ames happened to be my next door neighbor in Dhahran Saudi Arabia in 1962-65--when I was an adolescent. So I had memories of him and was always…moreRobert Ames happened to be my next door neighbor in Dhahran Saudi Arabia in 1962-65--when I was an adolescent. So I had memories of him and was always curious to learn more about how he died in Beirut in 1983. (less)
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The Good Spy is reviewed on the front cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review. "A rich, nuanced portrait..."
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“Khalid al-Hassan, the PLO’s virtual foreign minister at the time, later explained to the British journalist Alan Hart, “I was opposed to the playing of the terror card. But I have to tell you something else. Those of our Fatah colleagues who did turn to terror were not mindless criminals. They were fiercely dedicated nationalists who were doing their duty as they saw it. I have to say they were wrong, and did so at the time, but I have also to understand them. In their view, and in this they were right, the world was saying to us Palestinians, ‘We don’t give a damn about you, and we won’t care at least until you are a threat to our interests.’ In reply those in Fatah who turned to terror were saying, ‘Okay, world. We’ll play the game by your rules. We’ll make you care!’ ”
Kai Bird, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

“As the sociologist Daniel Bell later observed, Oppenheimer’s ordeal signified that the postwar “messianic role of the scientists” was now at an end.”
Kai Bird, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

“The kind of person that I admire most would be one who becomes extraordinarily good at doing a lot of things but still maintains a tear-stained countenance.”
Kai Bird, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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