Philip Short was born in Bristol in 1945 and was educated at Cambridge University.
He became a journalist and worked for the BBC for 25 years as a foreign correspondent, contemplating the lunacies of politics in many different cultures from Sihanouk to Brezhnev and Clinton to Deng Xiaoping.
In 1997 he finished his final stint as BBC Washington correspondent and spent a year teaching journalism at the University of Iowa. He lives in Provence with his wife and son.
Philip Short’s first book, BANDA, about the eccentric Malawi dictator was published in 1974. THE DRAGON AND THE BEAR, a comparison between China after Mao and Russia after Stalin followed in 1982. MAO: A LIFE was published in 1999 by Hodder & Stoughton.
His biography of MAO was published in 1999 by Hodder & Stoughton followed by his 2004 biography of POL POT: HISTORY OF A NIGHTMARE. Short’s latest biography of MITTERRAND will be published in November by Bodley Head.