Lesley is an award-winning journalist, historian, and New York Times bestselling author of Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises (2016) and Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed it to the World (2020). She has authored numerous other fiction and non-fiction titles. Everybody Behaves Badly was released to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Sun‘s 1926 release, and the equally lauded Fallout was released on August 4, 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Her career began in journalism, just like her father, and Lesley worked at The Jordan Times in Amman and Cronkite Productions in New York City as well as ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel in Washington, D.C., where she helped cover the historic presidential election in 2000, the 9/11 attacks, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lesley was listed in the Vogue 100, an organization of “influential decision makers and opinion leaders … [who] personify the rising influence of women over the past several decades,” and her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine, Vogue, and The Hollywood Reporter, among other publications. She lives in LA with her husband. Find her on Instagram: lesleymmblume.