Paul M. Barrett is an assistant managing editor and senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, a position he assumed in September 2005. He is responsible for writing cover articles on subjects ranging from the energy industry to national politics to the gun business.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Businessweek, Barrett was an editor and legal affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal. At various times, he held the positions of Supreme Court correspondent, Page One special projects editor, and Page One news editor at the Journal. Prior to that, he was a staff writer and editor for Washington Monthly.
Barrett is the author, most recently, of GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun (2012), a New York Times bestseller. His earlier books are American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, which was named to Best Books of 2007 lists by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Publishers Weekly, and The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America (1999). He is currently working on a book about the Chevron oil pollution case in Ecuador, which is scheduled for publication by Crown in 2014.
Barrett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds an A.B. from Harvard College. He teaches as an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.