Joe Layden

Joe Layden is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer. He is the author of more than thirty books for adults and children, including the international bestseller The Rock Says (HarperCollins), a collaboration with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Heart of the Matter (HarperCollins), a straightforward program to combat heart disease, which he co-authored with Dr. Peter Salgo. Layden also co-authored Get a Grip: A Take-Charge Approach to Living with Arthritis (Tarcher), and A Smile as Big as the Moon (St. Martin’s), which The American Library Association nominated as one of the year’s best books for young adults. Jerry Bruckheimer Productions and Walt Disney Pictures have acquired the film rights. His book, The Last Great Fight: Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas, and the Day that Changed Boxing (St. Martin’s), is about their famous boxing match on February 11, 1990, and how it altered the lives of both fighters.

Layden's latest co-authored project is the story of Lt. Colonel Nate Sassaman's year in Iraq, during which he sacrificed his military career to fight for his men, both against insurgents and the bureaucracy that threatened his command. Titled Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq, this thrilling memoir was published by St. Martin's Press.