1988-present: Freelance Writer
Forty-five books, some of which can’t be revealed due to confidentiality; others include:
Rescue Dogs, TarcherPerigee/Penguin Books, 2020, (Co-writer with undercover animal abuse investigator “Pete Paxton”)
The World Without Animals, Simon and Schuster, 2019 (With PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk)
The How Not to Die Cookbook, Flatiron Books, 2017 (Co-writer with Dr. Michael Greger). New York Times Bestseller
The Trump Survival Guide, Dey Street Books, 2017. National Bestseller, #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
The Awareness, The Stone Press, 2014 (Novel written with Jon Doyle)
Forks Over Knives, The Experiment, 2011 (Tie-in book to documentary Forks Over Knives). #1 New York Times Bestseller
The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, Workman, 2010. 80,000 in print. Translation rights sold to 33 countries
The Watch, Harry N. Abrams, 2006. “The definitive book on the wristwatch.” 8th printing January 2014; Second edition, fully updated and revised, to appear in Fall, 2018
The Bush Survival Bible, Random House, 2004. New York Times Bestseller, #1 Washington Post Bestseller
Little Girl Fly Away, Simon and Schuster, 1994 (Made into CBS movie of the week, Oct. 1998)
A Reader’s Companion to Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, Bantam, 1992 (With astrophysicist Stephen Hawking)
Articles in New York, Playboy, Esquire, Vogue, GQ, Elle, Inc, etc.
Monthly columns for Esquire, GQ, Premiere, etc.
Appearances on numerous national television and radio shows–including Oprah, CBS Sunday Morning, Geraldo, ABC News, The Doctors, Studio 360–and hundreds of local television and radio programs
2005-2009: Blogger, The Huffington Post
2000-2004: Webmaster, Bushtimes.com
2009-2010: Co-founder, STÖGO, New York’s first dairy-free ice cream store
1998: Co-executive Producer, CBS TV-Movie Little Girl Fly Away, Longbow Productions
1987: Editor-in-chief, California Magazine
1986-1987: Consulting Editor, Los Angeles Times
1985-1986: Consulting Editor, Inc. Magazine
1985-1986: West Coast Editor, Simon & Schuster
1982-1985: Senior Editor, Esquire Magazine
1980-1982: Senior Editor, Bantam Books
1976-1980: Editor, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
M.A. 1974: Harvard; English and American Literature
B.A. 1973: Stanford; English Literature
2017: The Humane League’s Humane Hero of the Year
1981: Director, Rice University Publishing Course
1980: Founding Member, Rotisserie (Fantasy) Baseball League
1974-1976: Peace Corps: co-chairman, English Department, University of Niamey, Niger, West Africa
Boards of Advisors
2014 – present: Groceryships
Groceryships, a California-based scholarship for groceries, provides families the money to buy a plant-based diet for six months, and then provides a comprehensive program of education and support to ensure the nutritional program continues successfully.
2013 – present: Ready For Rescue
Ready for Rescue is a New York City-based animal rescue group dedicated to saving at risk animals with a focus on cats and dogs who are suffering in the New York City shelter system.
Boards of Directors
2009-2017: Surgeons OverSeas
Surgeons OverSeas saves lives in developing countries by improving surgical care through collaborative training, funding, and research initiatives.
2007-2017: Truth Wins Out
Truth Wins Out is a non-profit think tank and educational organization that defends the GLBT community against anti-gay misinformation.
See Gene’s travel watches at this website.
See the Hodinkee article about Gene’s collection.
Other ghostwritten books include:
The Halo Effect: How Volunteering Can Lead to a More Fulfilling Life and a Better Career (1998) with Outward Bound CEO John Raynolds; Saving the World at Work: What Companies and Individuals Can Do to Go Beyond Making a Profit to Making a Difference (2008) with Yahoo! CSO Tim Sanders; Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live (2002) with veterinarian Allen Shoen; Ultralongevity: The Seven Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You (2007) with Canyon Ranch Medical Director Mark Liponis; Memoirs of a Counter-Revolutionary with Arturo Cruz Jr. (1989); Dr. Fulford’s Touch of Life with osteopath Dr. Robert Fulford (1997)