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Matthew Brzezinski (born October 7, 1965) is an American writer and journalist.

Matthew Brzezinski
Born (1965-10-07) October 7, 1965 (age 53)
OccupationWriter, journalist
RelativesZbigniew Brzezinski (uncle)
Ian Brzezinski (cousin)
Mark Brzezinski (cousin)
Mika Brzezinski (cousin)


Brzezinski was born in Canada[1] and is of Polish heritage. He graduated from McGill University in 1991.[citation needed] Brzezinski began working as a journalist in the early 1990s in Warsaw, writing for publications including The New York Times, The Economist, and The Guardian (UK). He was a Wall Street Journal staff reporter in Moscow and Kiev in the late 1990s.[1] Relocating to the US, he became a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, covering counterterrorism in the aftermath of 9/11.[2] His work has also appeared in many other publications including The Washington Post Magazine,[3] the Los Angeles Times,[4] and Mother Jones.[5]

Brzezinski is the nephew of former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and his wife Emilie Anna Benešová. Brzezinski is the cousin of television anchor Mika Brzezinski, military affairs expert Ian Joseph Brzezinski and Mark Brzezinski.

Brzezinski lives in Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.[citation needed]

Brzezinski is the author of four nonfiction books. His first book, Casino Moscow (Free Press, 2001)[6] is a first-person account of the "Wild East" atmosphere prevailing in Russia in the 1990s.[7] His second book, Fortress America (Bantam, 2004)[2] addresses the new technology, laws, tactics, and persistent vulnerabilities of the post-9/11 era. Brzezinski's third book, Red Moon Rising (Holt, 2007)[8] is a work of narrative nonfiction that tells the story of the race to space culminating in the Sputnik launch by the USSR on October 4, 1957, drawing on previously classified Soviet documents.[9] Red Moon Rising is now in development to become a miniseries.[10] Brzezinski's fourth book, Isaac's Army[1] (Random House, 2012) is set in World War II. A work of narrative nonfiction, Isaac's Army tells the story of a group of young Polish Jews and the Polish Jewish underground, from its earliest acts of defiance in 1939 to the survivors' exodus to Palestine in 1946. The book draws on interviews with surviving Resistance members and unpublished memoirs, as well as Polish-language sources and established academic works on the subject of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.[11] "Isaac's Army" was named as a 2012 finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Ford, Daniel (November 23, 2012). "The Eagle Unbowed". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Eakin, Hugh (November 7, 2004). "Just Like in the Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Brzezinski, Matthew (July 24, 2005). "Giving Hitler Hell". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  4. ^ Brzezinski, Matthew (September 30, 2007). "Beep...Beep...Beep". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Matthew Brzezinski". Mother Jones. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Casino Moscow". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  7. ^ Cowell, Alan (June 10, 2001). "Off the Shelf: Tales of Greed in Post-Soviet Russia". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  8. ^ Brzezinski, Matthew. "Red Moon Rising". Macmillan. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  9. ^ Atwood Lawrence, Mark (December 2, 2007). "The Sputnik Effect". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  10. ^ Pearlman, Robert (June 28, 2013). " Editor". Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  11. ^ Rosenbaum, Thane (December 14, 2012). ""Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Occupied Poland" by Matthew Brzezinski". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "2012 Winners of the National Jewish Book Awards". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 29 August 2013.

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