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Mitchell Zuckoff          

Award-Winning, New York Times Best-selling Historian & Journalist

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University where he is the inaugural Sumner N. Redstone Professor in Narrative Studies. He is the New York Times best-selling author of Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II and Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, which won the 2012 Winship/PEN New England Award for Nonfiction. His latest book is 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi (written with the Annex Security Team: six CIA contract operators who responded to the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi). A sought after keynote speaker, he has spoken at more than two- dozen universities during the past decade, at historical and business groups, and at veterans’ organizations with a special interest in World War II and the Greatest Generation.

Zuckoff’s talks – whether they are about the stories behind the stories of his books or vivid recounting of the actual stories – are multi-media presentations illustrated with rare film footage and photos. His talk based on 13 Hours, which was launched with a story in the New York Times and an hour-long documentary on Fox-TV, sets the record straight on what happened during the night of September 11, 2012 when terrorists attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. Zuckoff’s riveting account takes audiences into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack. 13 Hours is headed for the big screen with Michael Bay (director of the “Transformers” movies) in talks to direct, a script from Chuck Hogan (The Town, The Strain), and backed with big budget from Paramount.

In his fascinating Lost in Shangri-La talks, he reveals one of the rare untold stories of World War II, the extraordinary mission to rescue male and female survivors of a U.S. military plane crash in an isolated corner of the South Pacific, and the ancient indigenous tribe members who aided those stranded on the ground in this “Shangri-La.” In his Frozen in Time talks Zuckoff takes audiences on a journey of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II that is both a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.

Zuckoff’s previous books are: Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, one of Amazon.com’s “Best Books of 2009”; Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, a New York Times Editors’ Choice book; and Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey, which received the Christopher Award and was named a Massachusetts Honor Book. Zuckoff is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award.

Zuckoff’s magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fortune, and other national and regional publications. He is a former special projects reporter for The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award, among other national honors.

Zuckoff received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, where he was an O.O. McIntyre Fellow, and was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He lives outside Boston with his wife, Boston Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter, and their two daughters.

Speech Topics


Hiding in Plain Sight: Finding and Telling True Stories That Other Writers Overlook

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

Ponzi Schemes: Financial Fraud, Old and New – From the Original Ponzi Scheme in 1920 to Madoff and His Ilk

The Life and Career of Director Robert Altman

News


Authors on the Air September 5, 2014: Mitchell Zuckoff/The Annex ...

A documentary based on '13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi' (Twelve, 9781455582273), by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex ...

An Interview With "Frozen In Time" Author Mitchell Zuckoff | Boise ...

Apr 11, 2014 ... Today's guest, Mitchell Zuckoff, offers a spellbinding account of the fate of the survivors and their would-be rescuers in his book, “Frozen in ...

Fox News to Air Documentary '13 Hours at Benghazi – The Inside ...

Aug 27, 2014 ... The doc is based on the upcoming book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” by Mitchell Zuckoff with the ...

Mitchell Zuckoff author biography

Mitchell Zuckoff biography: Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of ...

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That was his world," Mitchell Zuckoff, the Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University told the Daily News. "I truly believe he was talking about ...

Why We Ask to See Candidates' Tax Returns - The New York Times

The Opinion Pages | Op-Ed Contributor. Why We Ask to See Candidates' Tax Returns. By MITCHELL ZUCKOFF AUG. 5, 2016. Continue reading the main story ...

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