Peter Eichstaedt

Global issues author, journalist


A veteran war correspondent hunts the U.S.-Mexico borderlands for his father's killers and uncovers rogue DEA operatives controlled by a man poised to win the White House.
"In this provocative and engaging book, Peter Eichstaedt has given us an insightful and fascinating on-the-ground account of how the US-Mexico divide has turned into an increasingly militarized frontier of fear.” —Peter Andreas, author of Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America and Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide
"A powerful and long-over due expose of greed and violence in the battle over Africa's mineral wealth."
--Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds
"Exhilarating, exhaustive, and written with a passion for a troubled land."
--Rob Crilly, author of Saving Darfur
"You must read this powerful book."
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu
How America's frantic entry into the nuclear age devastated and continues to damage the Navajo people and their communities.
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"A critical read for anyone looking to understand what's at stake as American forces leave Afghanistan." --Tom Peter, of the Christian Science Monitor +++ "Authentic voices of Afghanistan ... capable reporting as compelling reading, vitally important...." -- David Isby, Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires.

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Police escort, Marja, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April 2011

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Borderland, mystery/thriller finalist, 2016 International Latino Book Awards; The Dangerous Divide, best in current affairs, 2015 International Latino Book Awards; First Kill Your Family, best history, 2009 Colorado Book Award

Peter Eichstaedt is an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. His thrillers and mysteries are drawn from today's headlines and have been widely praised.

His nonfiction reveals the heartfelt stories of survival as told by the people who live in some of the most troubled regions of the world, from war-torn Afghanistan to the pirate-infested waters of Somalia, to the steaming jungles of eastern Congo.

Among other scripts, he is the co-writer of The Bucharest Express, an award-winning feature film about human trafficking and the trade in illicit pharmaceuticals in eastern Europe.

He is the former country director in Afghanistan and former Africa Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He has lived and worked in the Balkans, eastern Europe, Afghanistan, and eastern Africa, as well as The Hague, Netherlands, where he covered African war crimes trials.

He is the author of:

Borderland: (July 2015) A veteran war correspondent hunts the U.S.-Mexico borderlands for his father's killers and uncovers rogue DEA operatives controlled by a man poised to win the White House. (fiction)

The Dangerous Divide: Peril and Promise on the US-Mexico Border, insight into reality and myths of life on the legendary borderlands of the American southwest.

Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future -- And Why America Should Listen, (April 2013), the untold story of the Afghan people in America's longest war, as told by the Afghan men, women, and children from every corner of country.

Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place, (July 2011), a revelation of how the minerals in cell phones and computers have fueled war and the death of more than 5 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea (2010), an unflinching examination of the Somali pirates.

First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (2009), the troubling and original story of the origins, atrocities, and continuing horror perpetrated by Joseph Kony, Africa's most vicious militia leader.

If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans (1994), a ground-breaking expose of the devastation caused by uranium mining on the Navajo Reservation.