Jacques Menasche was born in 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He began his career in journalism as a desk clerk at The New York Times and has since written on culture and conflict from the Middle East, Afghanistan, China, and the US. He is the author with Robert Pledge of Eleven: Witnessing the World Trade Center 1974-2001 (Universe Publishing/Rizzoli International 2002), and with Pledge and Li Zhensheng of Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer’s Odyssey Through the Cultural Revolution (Phaidon 2003). His work has appeared in The New York Daily News, ESPN The Magazine, Vanity Fair, and others publications. He is based in New York City.