When Joe Eszterhas co-wrote this book, he was twenty-five years old and had been with the Cleveland Plain Dealer for three years. For his coverage of the Silver Bridge accident, he received the Cleveland Press Club Award and the Ohio Associated Press Award in 1968. In 1969, he wrote a six-part piece for Life magazine about the My Lai massacre, for which he got an Associated Press Award in 1970. From 1971 until 1975, he worked as a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine. He's authored screenplays for a number of important Hollywood films, including Basic Instinct in 1992, and nonfiction works such as Hollywood Animal, an autobiography, and Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith.