Laurie Gunst earned her doctorate in history at Harvard, and her work has appeared in The Nation, Spin, and The Stories that Shape Us: Twenty Women Write About the West. She received a grant from the Harry Guggenheim Foundation to write Born Fi' Dead. She lives in New York and Wyoming.
* A truly remarkable achievement Washington Post * one of the true classics of the genre...The versatility of her writing, whether from a personal, analytical, historical, creative or academic point of view, is simply outstanding, as is the depth of her research...a recommended read. The Voice * This book is a fine piece of investigative journalism, jettisoning any pretence at objectivity, distilling dispassion and compassion in equal measure. The Herald * Laurie Gunst's reportage brilliantly traces the tangled nexus of Hollywood gangster movies, corrupt party politics, archaic class structures and transglobal cocaine routes that feed into Jamiaca's nomadic criminal posses. A dense and complex analysis of predatory hypercapitalism. ID Magazine * fuelled by a deep empathy Independent on Sunday