Jerrold L. Schecter is a writer and policy expert on Asia, Russia, and the Middle East based on his career as an award winning historian, journalist, government official and corporate officer. After serving as a U.S. Naval officer in Korea and Japan, Schecter began his journalism career with the Wall Street Journal and then spent eighteen years with Time Magazine. He was a foreign correspondent covering Indo-China, Thailand, Taiwan and China based in the Hong Kong bureau (1960-1963); a Nieman Fellow at Harvard (1963-1964); bureau chief in Tokyo (1964-1968) and Moscow (1968-1970); White House correspondent (1971-1973) and diplomatic editor (1973-1977). While based in Moscow he was instrumental in the acquisition of Nikita Khrushchev’s memoirs and their preparation for publication and then translated and edited the third volume, Khrushchev Remembers, The Glasnost Tapes, with Slava Lyuchkov.
He served on President Jimmy Carter’s White House staff as associate White House press secretary and spokesman for the National Security Council (1977-1980) headed by Zbigniew Brzezinski. From 1980 to 1982 he was vice president for public affairs of Occidental Petroleum Corporation reporting directly to the chairman, Armand Hammer. From 1990 to 1994 he was a founding editor of We/Mbl, an independent Russian-American newspaper, started by the Hearst Corporation and Izvestia.
He is chairman of Schecter Communications Corporation, which he founded with his wife, Leona, an independent literary agent, in 1982.
Schecter studied at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, before graduating from the University of Wisconsin where he majored in history. He was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University where he spent the 1963-64 academic year. He was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace from 1997-1998. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Cosmos Club.
Schecter’s books include:
• The New Face of Buddha, Buddhism and Political Power In Southeast Asia (Coward-McCann, 1967) The first book on Buddhism and Politics in Southeast Asia with chapters on Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, China, Burma, and Sri Lanka
• The Palace File, The Remarkable Story of the Secret Letters From Nixon and Ford to the President of South Vietnam and the American Promises That Were Never Kept with Nguyen Tien Hung, Jerrold L. Schecter, (Harper & Row,1986)
• Khrushchev Remembers: the Glasnost Tapes – Translated and Edited By Jerrold L. Schecter With Vyacheslav V. Luchkov with foreword By Strobe Talbott;
• The Spy Who Saved the World: How a Soviet Colonel Changed the Course of the Cold War with Peter S. Deriabin (Scribners, 1992) won the National Intelligence Center award for the Best Intelligence Book of 1992
• Special Tasks –The Memoirs of An Unwanted Witness, A Soviet Sypmaster by Pavel and Anatoli Sudoplatov–with Jerrold L. Schecter and Leona P. Schecter (Little Brown and Company, 1994) Forward by Robert Conquest
• Sacred Secrets: How Soviet Intelligence Operations Changed American History by Jerrold L. Schecter and Leona Schecter (Brassey’s Inc., 2002) Foreword by Strobe Talbott
• Russian Negotiating Behavior: Continuity and Transition by Jerrold L. Schecter (United States Institute of Peace, 1998)
• An American Family in Moscow co-author with Schecter Family (Little Brown and Company, 1975)
• Back in the USSR, An American Family Returns To Moscow – co author with Schecter family, (Scribners, 1988)
He is currently finishing a historical novel with his wife,Leona P. Schecter, on the influence of Soviet intelligence operations to entrap America into war with Japan in 1941 and engage in atomic espionage at the Manhattan Project during the development of the first atomic bomb.