Peter Maass was born in 1960 and raised in Los Angeles. In 1983, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, he went to Brussels as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal/Europe. He left the Journal in 1985 to write for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, covering NATO and the European Union. In 1987 he moved to Seoul, South Korea, where he wrote primarily for The Washington Post. After three years in Asia he moved to Budapest, Hungary, to cover Eastern Europe and the Balkans. I spent most of 1992 and 1993 covering the war in Bosnia for the Post.
In 1994, he took a sabbatical and wrote Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf and Macmillan in 1996. The book, which chronicled his experiences covering the Bosnian conflict, won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize (for nonfiction) and the Overseas Press Club Book Prize, and was a finalist for several other literary awards. In 1997, after working for a year in Washington as a staff writer for the Post, he left the paper and moved to New York City, where he is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. I also have written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, Outside and Slate , among others.