Bryan Burrough

Bryan Burrough (born August 13, 1961, in Tennessee) is an American author and correspondent for Vanity Fair.[1][2] He has written six books. Burrough was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Dallas, Texas, between 1983 and 1992. He has written for Vanity Fair since 1992.[1] While reporting for The Wall Street Journal, he won the Gerard Loeb Award for excellence in financial journalism three times. Burrough has written a number of book reviews and op-ed articles for publications such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He has also made appearances on Today, Good Morning America, and many documentaries.[1]

Bryan Burrough
Burrough in 2004
Burrough in 2004
Born (1961-08-13) August 13, 1961 (age 61)
Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, Reporter, Correspondent
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
Notable worksPublic Enemies, Barbarians at the Gate


Burrough obtained his degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1983.[1][3]


He stated in a Book TV interview on C-SPAN 2[citation needed] with Joe Barton that he was born in Memphis, Tennessee but moved to Temple, Texas when he was seven years old. He lived in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Marla and their two sons, Dane and Griffin, until they divorced. He now lives in Texas.


Books non-fiction
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (1990, with John Helyar)
  • Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra (1992)
  • Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir (1998)
  • Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34 (2004)
  • The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes (2009)
  • Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence (2015)
  • Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth (2021, with Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford) ISBN 9781984880093

Other writing:

  • "Texas Has Had Its Day in the Political Sun" (February 22, 2009). The Washington Post



  • 1989 Gerald Loeb Award for Deadline and/or Beat Writing for coverage of the RJR Nabisco buyout (shared with John Helyar)[4]
  • 1991 Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers for the story "The Vendetta"[5]
  • 1994 Gerald Loeb Award for Magazines for the story "Divided Dynasty"[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bio at Bryan Burrough". Bryan Burrough. Archived from the original on April 13, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Fair, Vanity. "Bryan Burrough". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Issues Forum: Bryan Burrough, author, "The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil For". The Eagle. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Historical Winners List". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  5. ^ Thomson, Susan (June 1991). "Loeb Winners Announced" (PDF). The Business Journalist. Vol. 30, no. 1. Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. p. 3. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "2 Times Staffers Win Gerald Loeb Awards". Los Angeles Times. May 10, 1994. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

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