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Sam Moses began writing as a seaman apprentice on a Navy cruiser in the South China Sea, and was a Sports Illustrated writer for 18 years. After attending the University of Miami and Penn State and four years in the Navy, he studied journalism at San Diego State before beginning his writing career at the tabloid MotorCycle Weekly, where he chased the motorcycle grand prix circuit around Europe with his first wife, living in a Volkswagen bus and writing stories for gas money.
As a participatory journalist, he put the first free ascent up the sheer face of the mysterious Carstensz Pyramid in New Guinea; descended the remote and treacherous River of Doubt in the Brazilian Amazon; crewed on a 54-foot ketch in the Trans-Pacific sailboat race; set the 24-hour world motorcycle speed record at Daytona on a team of five; co-drove in La Carrera Panamericana, the revival of the 1800-mile Mexican Road Race; dived off the cliffs at Acapulco; hunted alligators in the Bayou with the great Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry; tracked bobcats at 20 degrees below zero with the legendary Maine woodsman Oscar Cronk; rode shotgun in a Spitfire Warbird during the Reno Air Races; climbed Yosemite's El Capitan with Ron Kauk, the country's best rock climber at the time; and more. He’s also covered historical events like the nonstop around-the-world flight of the Voyager; the first human-powered flight by the Gossamer Condor; the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and many Indy 500 and Daytona 500 races. He’s written more than 300 stories for Sports Illustrated, as well as pieces for Outside, Playboy and other magazines.
Moses did time in Detroit as deputy editor of AutoWeek magazine, where he won the Ken Purdy Award, automotive journalism's biggest; and lived in San Francisco where he was creative director for Quokka Sports, directing a website on the Mt. Everest climbing season. He’s also edited books, including The Birth of Hot Rodding: The Story of the Dry Lakes Era, which was named the best motorsports book in 2006; and written a movie, On Any Sunday II. Today he's the Northwest correspondent for New Car Test Drive; he drives about 100 new cars a year, and his reviews are subscribed to by 4000 websites with 35 million viewers monthly.
His first book, Fast Guys, Rich Guys and Idiots, was named one of the five best books ever written about motorsports; and his second, At All Costs, a page-turning, dive-bombing, character-driven story about the naval convoy that turned the tide of World War II, earned starred Kirkus and Publishers Weekly reviews.
It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This: The Dream Lives of Papa Madre and the AngloArabAsian Brothers is his baby. Maybe next year he'll be working on an e-book, River Without a Cause, about that expedition down the River of Doubt through hostile Amazon Indian territory.
Sam lives in the Pacific Northwest. For fun, he races his 710-horsepower historic NASCAR Oldsmobile, fools with his four classic hotrod motorcycles, and kiteboards in the Sea of Cortez. This winter he's taking a 58-day road trip around Australia with his 16-year-old son, Makani Kai. Watch this space for the blog, Maks and Me in Oz.