Jonathan Schell is the author of 13 books. They include The Fate of the Earth (Knopf, 1982), which received the Los Angeles Times book prize, among other awards, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Critics Award; The Village of Ben Suc (Knopf, 1967); The Military HalfÂ (Knopf, 1968); The Time of Illusion (Knopf, 1976); The AbolitionÂ (Knopf, 1984); History in the Sherman ParkÂ (Knopf, 1987); The Real War (Pantheon, 1988); Observing the Nixon Years (Pantheon, 1989); The Gift of Time (Metropolitan Books, 1998); The Unfinished Twentieth Century (Verso, 2001); and The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (Metropolitan, 2003), which Richard Falk in the Times called "the most impressive argument ever made that there exists a viable and desirable alternative to a continued reliance on war." In 2006, Nation Books published The Jonathan Schell Reader: On the United States at War, the Long Crisis of the American Republic, and the Fate of the Earth. His most recent book is The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of the Nuclear Danger (Metropolitan, 2007). According to a New York Times review, Schell's "careful assembly of the available evidence will scare the pants off most readers."
Schell was born in New York City in 1943. He graduated from Harvard University in 1965. From 1967 until 1987, he was a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the principal writer of the magazine's Notes and Comment section. He was a columnist for Newsday from 1990 until 1996. He has taught at many universities, including Princeton, Emory, New York University, the New School, Wesleyan University and the Yale Law School. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Yale College.
In 1987, he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of government and in 2002 a fellow at the Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. In 2003, he was a visiting lecturer at the Yale Law School, and in 2005, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Yale's Center for the Study of Globalization.
Since 1998, he has been a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute, where he is now based, and the Peace and Disarmament Correspondent for The Nation magazine.
He appears often on radio and television, including Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Lehrer News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. His recent articles on the nuclear question include essays in The Nation, Foreign Affairs, and Harper's, of which he is a contributing editor.