Gary S. Chafetz

Author and former Boston Globe correspondent

Gary S. Chafetz is the author of The Search for the Lost Army: The National Geographic and Harvard University Expedition, a novel based on a true story, to be released in the spring of 2013, but available now on Kindle and Nook. He is also the author of The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, published in September 2008, as well as Obsession: The Bizarre Relationship Between a Prominent Harvard Psychiatrist and her Suicidal Patient.

As a correspondent for The Boston Globe, he won the top prize in General News in New England for 1991. The Boston Globe also nominated him twice for a Pulitzer Prize.

From September 1983 to February 1984, he organized and led a six-month, $250,000 archaeological expedition--sponsored by Harvard University and the National Geographic, which searched for the Lost Army of Cambyses in the Great Sand Sea of the Western Desert on the Egyptian-Libyan border. The expedition included 20 Egyptian geologists, drivers, and laborers; a two-person Harvard Film Studies documentary film crew; a National Geographic photographer; subsurface-interface radar; three camels; and an ultra-light aircraft.

In 1978, Chafetz won the $3,500 prize for fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.