Barry Meier was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He is also a Pulitzer finalist and a two-time winner of the George Polk Award. During a 28-year-long career at The Times, his work concentrated on the intersection of business, medicine and the public’s health.
In late 2013, Americans were shocked to learn that a former FBI agent turned Private Investigator who disappeared in Iran in 2007 was there on a mission for the CIA. The Private Investigator, Robert Levinson, appeared in pictures dressed like a prisoner and pleaded in a video for help from the United States. Barry Meier, in “Missing Man”, draws on years of interviews and never-before-disclosed CIA files to weave together a riveting narrative of the ex-agent’s journey to Iran and the hunt to rescue him. The result is an extraordinary tale about the shadowlands between crime, business, espionage, and the law, where secrets are currency and betrayal is commonplace. Its colorful cast includes CIA operatives, Russian oligarchs, arms dealers, White House officials, gangsters, private eyes, FBI agents, journalists, and a fugitive American terrorist and assassin.