He worked as a correspondent in turns for Reuters, Radio Free Europe, The Economist, The Financial Times, and again for The Economist. He met then-chancellor Helmut Schmidt professionally; they eventually developed a close personal friendship, and he wrote the biography Helmut Schmidt: Helmsman of Germany in 1985.
- Helmut Schmidt: Helmsman of Germany. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985. ISBN 0-312-36744-9
- Mahler: A biography. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press, 1998. ISBN 0-87951-802-2
- The Wagner Clan: The Saga of Germany's Most Illustrious and Infamous Family. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007. ISBN 0-87113-975-8
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