Jacques Leslie
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Jacques Leslie: As a student in the '60s, Jacques Leslie admired the work of George Orwell, Gay Talese, Norman Mailer, and assorted other New Journalists. He began his career as a war correspondent in Vietnam, and over decades shifted from newspaper stories to magazine pieces to narrative nonfiction essays. Along the way, he won the Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Society foreign correspondence award and an Overseas Press Club citation (for his Vietnam work) and a J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award (for his new book, Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Deep Water is the first product of his current focus, which is to write narrative nonfiction about the world's most pressing environmental issues.