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Adam Hochschild was born in New York City in 1942. His first book, "Half The Way Home: A Memoir Of Father And Son," was published in 1986. It was followed by "The Mirror At Midnight: A South African Journey," and "The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin." "The Unquiet Ghost" won the Madeline Dane Ross Award of the Overseas Press Club of America, given to "the best foreign correspondent in any medium showing concern for the human condition. Hochschild's work has also won prizes from the World Affairs Council, the Eugene V. Debs Foundation and the Society of American Travel Writers. An anthology of his shorter pieces, "Finding The Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels," won the 1998 PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the

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"This remarkable memoir in one voice, Adam Hochschild's, reflects a chorus of voices--of outsiders who sprang from the privileged inside: in the twilights of apartheid South Africa and the Soviet Union, in the tempest of Amazonian America, and in the turmoil of literary precincts. It is a rich and rewarding adventure in the reading." --Studs Terkel

"For anyone wishing to revisit the late twentieth century, Adam Hochschild is the ideal traveling companion. Wherever he takes you--to a combat zone in El Salvador, an anti-apartheid rally in South Africa, the claustrophobic apartments of Moscow--you will find the place lit up with gentle humor and a luminous moral intelligence. In a time of much glibness and sensationalism, Hochschild is the rare journalist who qualifies as a gentleman, a scholar, and a mensch." --Barbara Ehrenreich

"Whether you are a general reader looking to be transported to other times and places or a student trying to unlock the mysteries of how good non-fiction is written, Finding the Trapdoor offers something rare. Hochschild is one of those unusual serious writers who can write about whatever interests him with intelligence, honesty and style." --Orville Schell, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley

"From the mid-sixties to the mid-nineties, from Mississippi to Moscow, Adam Hochschild has been on the front lines (and behind the scenes), bringing back vividly detailed stories that he tells with the skill of a raconteur, the sincerity of a personal essayist, and the conscience of a latter-day Orwell. I heartily recommend Hochschild as a guide to finding the trapdoor in a world of ticky places." --Carl H. Klaus, founder, Program in Non-Fiction, University of Iowa

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Adam Hochschild was born in New York City in 1942. His first book, 'Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son,' was published in 1986. "By turns nostalgic and regretful, lyrical and melancholy," wrote Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times, "Half the Way Home creates . . . an extraordinarily moving portrait of the complexities and confusions of familial love . . . conjuring them up with Proustian detail and affection." It was followed by 'The Mirror at Midnight: a South African Journey,' and 'The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin.' 'The Unquiet Ghost' won prizes from the Overseas Press Club of America and the Society of American Travel Writers.

Hochschild's 'Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels,' won the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay. 'King Leopold's Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa' was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It also won a J. Anthony Lukas Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize in Great Britain and the Lionel Gelber Prize in Canada. His books have been translated into ten languages.

Besides his books, Hochschild has also written for The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books and many other newspapers and magazines. He is a former commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Hochschild was a co-founder of Mother Jones magazine, and was an editor and writer there for some years. He now teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, and has been a guest teacher at other campuses in the U.S. and abroad. He spent five months as a Fulbright Lecturer in India. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Arlie, the sociologist and author. They have two sons.

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