Peter Eichstaedt is an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. His thrillers and mysteries are drawn from today’s headlines and have been widely praised.
His nonfiction reveals the heartfelt stories of survival as told by the people who live in some of the most troubled regions of the world, from war-torn Afghanistan to the pirate-infested waters of Somalia, to the steaming jungles of eastern Congo.
Among other scripts, he is the co-writer of The Bucharest Express, an award-winning feature film about human trafficking and the trade in illicit pharmaceuticals in eastern Europe.
He is the former country director in Afghanistan and former Africa Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He has lived and worked in the Balkans, eastern Europe, Afghanistan, and eastern Africa, as well as The Hague, Netherlands, where he covered African war crimes trials.
He is the author of:
Borderland: (forthcoming from WildBlue Press) A veteran war correspondent hunts the U.S.-Mexico borderlands for his father’s killers, but must stay alive when he uncovers rogue DEA operatives controlled by a man poised to win the White House. (fiction)
The Dangerous Divide: Peril and Promise on the US-Mexico Border, (Lawrence Hill Books, May 2014) insight into reality and myths of life on the legendary borderlands of the American southwest. Winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award for Best in Current Affairs.
Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future — And Why America Should Listen, (Lawrence Hill Books, April 2013), the untold story of the Afghan people in America’s longest war, as told by the Afghan men, women, and children from every corner of country.
Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World’s Deadliest Place, (Lawrence Hill Books, 2011), a revelation of how the minerals in cell phones and computers have fueled war and the death of more than 5 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Now in paperback.
Pirate State: Inside Somalia’s Terrorism at Sea (Lawrence Hill Books, 2010), an unflinching examination of the Somali pirates.
First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (Lawrence Hill Books, 2009), the troubling and original story of the origins, atrocities, and continuing horror perpetrated by Joseph Kony, Africa’s most vicious militia leader. Winner of the 2009 Colorado Book Award for best history.
If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans (Red Crane, 1994), a ground-breaking expose of the on-going human and environment devastation caused by uranium mining on the Navajo Reservation.