As an editor of Op-Eds at the Times in 2001-2002, Scott Malcomson helped shape the national debate on issues of war and peace, and as a senior advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2003 he was deeply involved in forming the international community’s response to the American-led war in Iraq; it is in these two roles that he narrates this personal memoir of American power after 9/11.


Scott Malcomson
photograph by Marvin Orellana


Malcomson took his first trip as a foreign correspondent, to Britain and North Africa, in 1984.  Since then he has had an award-winning career as a writer and editor, publishing three books as well as articles in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic and many other distinguished publications. His work has taken him to Africa, Latin America, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. Since leaving the United Nations, Malcomson has been foreign editor of the New York Times Magazine.  He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.