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Stephan Talty

Stephan Talty

Stephan Talty is the New York Times bestselling author of six acclaimed nonfiction books, including the title that formed the basis for the Oscar-nominated film “Captain Phillips.” His works include the first account of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet and a sweeping history of Napoleon at war. 

As a ghostwriter, Talty’s work includes A Captain’s Duty, which Publisher’s Weekly called “fascinating” and “heartening.” His most recent ghostwriting project, Under the Same Sky, traces a North Korean boy’s harrowing experiences during the Great Famine and his escape to America.


Several of Talty’s books have been optioned for films, including Agent Garbo, the story of World War II’s most important spy and The Secret Agent, which is in development with the director Tomas Alfredson. In addition to books, Talty has written for GQ magazine, Playboy, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. His two recent e-books, The Secret Agent and Operation Cowboy were both #1 Amazon bestsellers and Agent was named “best Kindle Single of the Year” by

Talty grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended Amherst College, where he majored in English and graduated magna cum laude. He trained as a reporter at the Miami Herald before working in Dublin and New York. He now lives outside New York City with his wife and two children. 


You can visit his website at

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