I'm a friend of Dick's and I can tell you he no longer lives in Connecticut, but in the Bay Area of California. I can also tell you he's a wonderfully agile, and open-minded thinker, not to mention a very generous man both professionally and personally.

His recent book, Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust, about the hand-picked task forces who brutally murdered 1.5 million human beings by hand in a prelude to more mechanized death camps at Auschwitz, etc., is so well-written as to be almost unbearable to read. But a must-read it is.

Rhodes rejects the negative formation non-fiction as an appropriate description of his oeuvre. Instead, he calls himself a veritist, and considers what he does an art beyond mere journalism.