Born in London and educated in England, Charles Laurence is a former foreign correspondent for The Daily Telegraph of London who covered conflicts ranging from the Falklands War to the Middle East, India, and Afghanistan before heading the paper's New York bureau. Now an American citizen, he continues to write for British media and lives in Woodstock, New York and the remote Caribbean island of Salt Cay.

Charles Laurence’s book on his mother’s affair with a famous Czech spy was about to be published when European privacy laws stopped publication in the U.S. Whatever happened to American free speech?