mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


HOT Reviewed in Orion, Earth Island Journal

Two of the most perceptive and thoughtful reviews of HOT have been published in Orion and Earth Island Journal. You can find Orion’s at and Earth Island’s at… Read more



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HOT on NPR in New Orleans, With Music

New Orleans occupies a special place in HOT and the author’s heart, so it was wonderful to hear the terrific job Fred Karsten of the Crescent City’s NPR station, WWNO, did with the interview we taped about the book. This being New Orleans, music is a big part of the interview, with the great Terrence Blanchard playing the song “Wading Through” from his CD, “A Tale of God’s Will.” Check it out:… Read more


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Climate Crooks vs. Climate Cranks on “Grit TV”

In a special Earth Day broadcast, Mark discusses the difference between climate cranks and climate crooks, and how to move the country in a different direction, with Laura Flanders on Grit TV.  Watch it:… Read more



The “Crime” of Climate Denial on “Democracy Now”

“Democracy Now” hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interviewed Mark about HOT as congressional Republicans moved to deny climate science and defund the EPA. You can watch it here:… Read more



Nuts and Bolts of Climate Change Adaptation on NPR’s “Science Friday”

In an interview with “Science Friday” host Ira Flato, Mark discusses the scientific implications of climate change, the economics of not taking action and the cutting-edge methods that the Dutch and others are pioneering to adapt to stronger flooding and other projected impacts. Listen to it here:… Read more


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Fatherhood and Climate Change, on PRI’s “The World”

In an interview with “The World’s” Marco Werman, Mark discusses how becoming a father affected his coverage of the climate story, his journalism and the writing of HOT:… Read more


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Latest Book


By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did: leak top secret documents revealing that the US government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. But if you want to know why Snowden did it, the way he did it, you need to know the stories of two other men.

The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same surveillance ten years before Snowden did and got crushed. The other is The Third Man, a former senior Pentagon official who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drake—and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches.

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About Mark

Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.