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									Robert KursonRobert Kurson
"I began my quest for a writing career after quitting a lucrative practice as an attorney," Robert Kurson told us in our interview. "I hated being a lawyer, so I was willing to do whatever was necessary in order to break into writing, a profession I (rightly) suspected I would love." Given the success of his bestselling nonfiction books Shadow Divers and Crashing Through, it seems safe to say that Kurson made the right call.

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Robert Kurson
Current Home:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990
ABA Book of the Year for Shadow Divers, 2005; National Magazine Award for the story in Esquire that became basis for Crashing Through, 2006

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								Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See, Author: 
								Robert Kurson.

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Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See
by Robert Kurson
In his critically applauded, heart-pounding debut, Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson mined the depths of history, friendship, and compulsion to tell the true tale of two formidable Americans who risked it all to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II. Now Kurson returns with another thrilling adventure -- the stunning true story of one man’s heroic odyssey from blindness into sight.

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The Early Days...

"For about a year after I quit law to pursue a career in writing, I hung drapes and installed window blinds to make a living," Kurson reveals in our interview. "It gave me lots of solitary quiet time (other than the sound of my drill) to think about storytelling and story structure and the elements of a good tale well told."

The Daring Debut

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								Shadow Divers, Author: 
								Robert Kurson.

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Shadow Divers
by Robert Kurson
From our editors: "Even the most thoroughly landlocked reader will feel drenched (in sweat!) encountering Kurson's heart-pounding debut. For in Shadow Divers, Kurson descends to the depths of the ocean to tell the story of two courageous divers who made a stunning discovery. Six years in the making, the book unravels so much more than just a diving experience, for in exploring this historical moment, the author reveals the high-seas rivalries, the bitter feuds, and the cost of 'membership in an obsessed culture of immensely brave men.' "

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								The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, Author: 
								A. J. Jacobs.

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The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
by A. J. Jacobs
We asked Kurson to tell us about some of his favorite books, and The Know-It-All made his list. "[It's a] hilarious and surprisingly beautiful account of Jacobs’s year spent reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica. You learn, laugh, and are moved are nearly every page," he raves. Read our interview with Kurson to learn more about some of his best-loved books, including:

*The Denial of Death  by Ernest Becker
*Patrimony: A True Story  by Philip Roth
*The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief  by Ben Macintyre
*Narcissus Leaves the Pool  by Joseph Epstein
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