Author in Shenandoah Valley with a favorite steed. (Photo by Staton Winter)

Philip Smucker is the author of the highly-acclaimed Al Qaeda’s Great Escape: The Military & the Media on Terror’s Trail. He is a current Fellow at the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and is related to George Washington as a fifth great-grandnephew through George’s favorite younger brother Jack, whose direct heirs lived and worked at Mount Vernon until it was sold in 1858 by John A. Washington to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Philip began his writing career at the University of California, Berkeley, covering the national champion rugby team. He started his conflict reporting in Southeast Asia, reporting on wars in Burma and Cambodia, as well as on regional politics before moving onto conflicts in the Balkans, the Middle East and South Asia. He has interviewed world leaders, including the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi, but prefers spending time researching long writing projects like his most recent endeavor, Riding with George. A seasoned reporter with over thirty years of experience abroad and on the front lines, he has worked and written for numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly, McClatchy Newspapers, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Asia Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Daily Telegraph, London. His greatest loves are history and human rights.
Philip Smucker

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