An author and one-time war correspondent, he is best known for his 1977 memoir, Dispatches, which details his time as a Vietnam War reporter for Esquire magazine. His other published works include The Big Room: Forty-Eight Portraits from the Golden Age (1987) and Walter Winchell: A Novel (1990).
Early in his career, he wrote a feature on rock musician Ted Nugent for Crawdaddy magazine.
He was born in Syracuse, New York. He married Valerie Herr.
Both he and cartoonist Sam Gross have been affiliated with Esquire magazine.