John Sedgwick began his professional writing career as a Harvard senior, when he placed an article on Harvard bathroom graffiti in Esquire. He has now published eleven books: three works of literary nonfiction, two novels, a family memoir, five collaborative books, and, most recently his co-biography War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation.
He has also published approximately five hundred magazine stories for the Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Newsweek, Esquire and Vanity Fairamong many other publications, on such diverse topics as the history, aesthetics, and commercial prospects of concrete (theAtlantic Monthly, April, 1991), the presidential hopes of Massachusetts Governor William Weld (GQ, July, 1993), the inner life of boxer Mike Tyson (Newsweek, April 21, 1995), the WASP heritage of President George H. W. Bush (GQ, October, 1992) the nature of risk (Self, September, 1989), the gender politics of prostate cancer (GQ, July, 1999), the sensational murder-suicide of Charles Stuart (Esquire, June 1990), the miseries of Linux co-inventor Richard Stallman (Boston, May, 2008), the twisted tale of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and his brother, William, the long-time president of the Massachusetts Senate (GQ, May, 1992), the first national account of the mobster, and the mystery of Walter Perry, convicted of embezzling $650,000 from the high-WASP Columbia fraternity, St. Anthony Hall, where he was chairman of the board (Vanity Fair, November, 2015). John’s December, 2001, article in Worth Magazine on the nation’s finest nonprofit organizations was nominated for a National Magazine Award. His magazine work has been widely anthologized.
The father of two grown daughters, he lives with his wife, the Time columnist Rana Foroohar, and her two children, in Brooklyn, New York, and in Chocorua, New Hampshire.