About Peter Eisner

A long-time foreign correspondent, Peter Eisner’s current book is The Pope’s Last Crusade-How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI’s Campaign to Stop Hitler, published by William Morrow in March 2013. It is a non-fiction narrative about Pope Pius XI’s attempt to stop Hitler before the start of World War II. MORE ABOUT THE POPE’s LAST CRUSADE

His 2004 book, The Freedom Line, describes the rescue of hundreds of Allied airmen during World War II by young civilian fighters in occupied Europe. The Freedom Line won the 2005 Christopher Award. The Washington Post compares the book to Casablanca while Alan Furst, master of period mystery stories, says the book is “intimate, edgy, hour-by-hour and in the room….The Freedom Line is the real thing…”

Peter’s previous book was The Italian Letter, written with Knut Royce, which traces the fraudulent U.S. intelligence that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium for nuclear weapons in Africa. He also wrote Americas Prisoner, an extensive interview with Manuel Antonio Noriega. He is now completing a book, No Es Facil, a history of Cuba.

Peter EisnerPeter was foreign editor and Latin America bureau chief for Newsday, covering major stories, including investigations of drug trafficking, the U.S. invasion of Panama, and the travels of Pope John Paul II throughout the hemisphere. He was a bureau chief for the Associated Press with assignments in Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico, and covered the Central American wars of the 1980s. He won an award from the InterAmerican Press Association for his reporting on drugs in the America.

As deputy foreign editor at the Washington Post, Peter interviewed traveled to the Central African Republic to interview deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and alsocoordinated coverage of the 2004 Asian tsunami, which won an award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

He founded the online investigative news report, the Public i, at the Center for Public Integrity, where he was managing editor from 1999 to 2001. Public-I won a number of awards for its reporting. He is also the founder of Newscom, an online news transmission system designed to serve news, databases and other information to newspapers around the world.

Peter graduated from Rutgers University, where he majored in literature with a minor in Spanish. He has appeared on television and radio in the United States and in a number of other countries. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently, and is married to Musha Salinas Eisner, born in Argentina of Spanish Basque heritage. return to Home


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