Nick McDonell is a novelist and journalist. Born in New York City in 1984, he studied at Harvard and St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His work has been published in twenty three countries and appeared on bestseller lists around the world.


The Council of Animals (Henry Holt and Co., 2021)
The Bodies In Person (Blue Rider Press, 2018)
The Civilisation of Perpetual Movement (Hurst, 2016)
Green on Blue (TIME e-book, 2013)
The End of Major Combat Operations (McSweeney's, 2010)
An Expensive Education (Grove, 2009)
Guerre à Harvard (Flammarion, 2008)
The Third Brother (Grove, 2005)
Twelve (Grove, 2003)

Reporting & Essays

The London Review of Books, March 2020

The Widow's Network
Kindle Single, January 2018

The London Review of Books, May 2016

Dollars to Disasters: The Gamble of Emergency Relief, August 2015

Green on Blue (Excerpt)
TIME, June 2013

Bullets Fly Around Provincial Peace Talks in Afghanistan, November 2012

Ten Years
n+1, September 2011

"Obama, les illusions (e)perdues”
Liberation Next, January 30, 2010

The U.S. Military: Mediating Bewteen Kurds and Arabs, March 24, 2009

The Source
Huffington Post, April 29, 2009

Can a ‘Loyalty Oath’ Ensure the Allegiance of Afghans?, November 25, 2009

In Ras al-Koor, the Iraqi Police Is More Feared than U.S. Soldiers, March 15, 2009

The Vanishing Booksellers of Baghdad, March 5, 2009

“The Normal Years”
Die Zeit, November, 2008

The Activist: Alex de Waal Among the War Criminals
Harper's, November 2008


Nick is represented by Eric Simonoff at WME, Tiffany Ward at CAA, and Bob Bookman.