An American author and journalist, he is best known for his 1977 Vietnam War memoir A Rumor of War. His other works include Means of Escape (memoir); The Voyage (fiction); and In the Shadows of the Morning (non-fiction).
After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago, he worked as a reporter for The Chicago Tribune.
He gave lectures at events sponsored by the National Book Committee, the American Library Association, and the American Publishers' Association.
He grew up in Westchester, Illinois. He later married Leslie Ware.
He was once a guest on the Charlie Rose Show.