About Chuck

Chuck ThompsonCHUCK THOMPSON is the author of the widely reviewed political screed Better Off Without ’Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, acclaimed comic travel memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back and a two-volume World War II survey (The 25 Best World War II Sites: Pacific Theater and The 25 Essential World War II Sites: European Theater), regarded as the most comprehensive catalogue of World War II sites in existence.

Currently executive producer for CNN.com Travel, Thompson is a former features editor for Maxim, editor-in-chief of Travelocity magazine and editorial director for CNNGo.com.

Thompson’s writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites including New Republic, Politico, Outside, Men’s Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Esquire, Hustler, Reader’s Digest, Cowboys & Indians, American Way and the Los Angeles Times.

Raised in Juneau, Alaska, he graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in history and journalism; he’s lived in Japan, Hong Kong, New York City, Dallas and Portland, Oregon, and traveled on assignment in more than 60 countries.