Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair magazine and the author of five books, including the No. 1 New York Times Best-Seller Barbarians at the Gate and the best-selling Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34. He is also a three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism.
Born in 1961, Bryan was raised in Temple, Texas, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1983. From 1983 to 1992 he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he reported from Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh and, during the late 1980s, covered the busy mergers and acquisitions beat in New York.
In 1990 Bryan and John Helyar co-authored Barbarians, the story of the fight for control of RJR Nabisco. The book has been hailed as one of the most influential business narratives of all time and was made into a movie on the HBO cable network in 1993. A special 20th anniversary hardcover edition of Barbarians, including a new afterword, was issued by HarperCollins in November 2008. Bryan joined Vanity Fair in 1992, where he has reported from locales as diverse as Hollywood, Nepal, Moscow, Tokyo and Jerusalem. His subsequent books include:
Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra, 1992.
Dragonfly: An Epic Story of Survival in Space, 1998.
Public Enemies, 2004. A major movie based on the book, also named “Public Enemies,” is to be released by Universal Studios in July 2009. Directed by the acclaimed Michael Mann, the film stars Johnny Depp as the legendary bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale as his nemesis, FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
And the forthcoming The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes, to be published by Penguin Press in 2009. In addition to consulting work for “60 Minutes” and various Hollywood studios, Bryan has authored numerous book reviews and OpEd articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has appeared on “Today,” “Good Morning America,” and in many documentary films. Bryan lives in Summit, New Jersey, with his wife and their two teenaged sons.