Playwright, Filmmaker, and Journalist

Eric is a playwright, filmmaker, and journalist best known for his investigative reporting. He is the author of three bestselling nonfiction books: Fast Food Nation (2001), Reefer Madness (2003), and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (2013). Command and Control—which focused on the management of America’s nuclear arsenal during the Cold War and a nuclear weapon accident in Damascus, Arkansas—was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in History. He has also written long investigative pieces for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. Eric has served as a producer for four documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated Food Inc. (2008) and Command and Control (2016), for which he received a best screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America. He has been the executive producer of two feature films, Fast Food Nation (2006) and the Academy-Award winning There Will Be Blood (2007), and he was the co-creator and co-director of the bomb (2016), a multimedia piece that has been staged at the Tribeca Film Festival, at the Berlin Film Festival, and in Oslo as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies. Eric earned an undergraduate degree in American history at Princeton University and a graduate degree in British imperial history at Oxford University. He is currently working on a book about the American prison system.