About Guy Lawson

Guy is the New York Times bestselling author of War Dogs: How Three Miami Beach Stoners Became the Most Unlikely Gun Runners in History, the story that inspired the major motion picture War Dogs released in August of 2016 and previously titled Arms and the Dudes. Guy is also the author of the Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con, and The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia.

For two decades Guy has traveled the world reporting on a wide range of subjects—conflict in the Balkans, the Mexican drug wars, ice hockey in northern Canada, life in a Bowery flophouse, fútbol in Brazil, Hezbollah suicide bombers, the Rwandan genocide war crime trials, and FBI-fabricated domestic terrorism cases, among others. His work has appeared in many international publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Australian, and the Globe and Mail.

In addition to War Dogs, which stars Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, and Miles Teller, and is directed by Todd Phillips of The Hangover, Guy has four projects in development for film. In March of 2016, his New York Times magazine article Ice Pack, about the first expedition to ever reach the North Pole, was optioned by Sony Pictures with Will Ferrell attached to star. In April 2015, Guy’s Rolling Stone article The Dukes of Oxy was optioned by New Line/Warner Brothers, with Mike De Luca (The Social Network, Moneyball) attached to produce and Ansel Elgort (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars) to star. In addition, Guy’s book Octopus is with HBO, to be written and directed by Peter Gould (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Too Big to Fail). The Brotherhoods is with Warner Brothers, to be produced by Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes I, II, III).

Guy was born in Toronto and holds degrees from the University of Western Australia and the University of Cambridge. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two daughters.