David Samuels is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. His long narrative articles about politicians, pop stars,dog racing, pigeon racing, nuclear weapons, terrorist organizations, organized crime, memory and the uses of social media have also appeared in Harper's, the New Yorker and the Atlantic. His work has been collected in two books and translated into thirteen languages. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds a graduate degree in history from Princeton University, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is of Ukrainian origin.