1988-present: Freelance Writer

Forty-five books, some of which can’t be revealed due to confidentiality; others include:

72 Reasons to Be Vegan, Workman, 2021 (With bestselling Veganist author Kathy Freston)

Healthy at Last, Hay House, 2020 (Ghostwriter for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams)

Eat for the Planet Cookbook, Abrams 2020 (with OneGreenPlanet founder Nil Zacharias)

Animalkind, Simon and Schuster, 2020 (With PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk)

Rescue Dogs, TarcherPerigee/Penguin Books, 2019, (Co-writer with undercover animal abuse investigator “Pete Paxton”)

Eat for the Planet, Abrams, 2018, (With OneGreenPlanet.org founder Nil Zacharias)

The How Not to Die Cookbook, Flatiron Books, 2017 (Co-writer with Dr. Michael Greger). New York Times Bestseller

Mercy for Animals, Avery Publishing Group, 2017 (Co-writer with Mercy for Animals founder Nathan Runkle); VegNews Book of the Year, 2017

The Trump Survival Guide, Dey Street Books, 2017. National Bestseller, #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller

How Not to Die, Flatiron Books, 2015 (Co-writer with Humane Society of U.S. vice president Dr. Michael Greger). New York Times Bestseller

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, Rodale, 2015 (Co-writer with Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur). National Bestseller. VegNews Book of the Year, 2015; Winner, 2016 Books for a Better Life Award

The Awareness, The Stone Press, 2014 (Novel written with Jon Doyle)

My Beef with Meat, Grand Central, 2013 (Ghostwriter for vegan firefighter Rip Esselstyn). #1 New York Times Bestseller

Finding the Next Steve Jobs, Simon and Schuster,  2013 (Co-author with Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s Founder Nolan Bushnell). Independent Publisher’s Silver Medal Business Book of the Year

Start Something That Matters, Random House,  2011 (Ghostwriter for TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie). #1 New York Times Bestseller

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 Engine 2 Diet, Grand Central, 2009 (Ghostwriter for vegan firefighter Rip Esselstyn). New York Times Bestseller

The Watch, Harry N. Abrams, 2006. “The definitive book on the wristwatch.” 10th printing 2015. Second edition, The Watch, Thoroughly Revised, fully updated and revised, Fall, 2018

The Bush Survival Bible, Random House, 2004. New York Times Bestseller, #1 Washington Post Bestseller

UltraPrevention, Scribners, 2003 (Ghostwriter for Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis, the medical directors of Canyon Ranch). New York Times Bestseller. Books for a Better Life Winner, health category

Love is the Killer App, Crown Business, 2002 (Ghostwriter for Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders). New York Times Bestseller

Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, Broadway Books, 2000 (Ghostwriter for CNN executive vice president Gail Evans). New York Times 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-present: Surgeons OverSeas
Surgeons OverSeas saves lives in developing countries by improving surgical care through collaborative training, funding, and research initiatives.

2007-present: 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)

Gene Stone