Elaine Sciolino is a writer for the New York Times and a former New York Times Paris bureau chief, based in France since 2002. She is the author of La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life, Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran, and The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis. In 2010, she was decorated as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor for her "special contribution" to the friendship between France and the United States. She has worked for Newsweek in New York, Chicago, Paris, and Rome. She held a number of posts at the New York Times, including United Nations' bureau chief, Central Intelligence Agency correspondent, and chief diplomatic correspondent.
"...she [Sciolino] is a dedicated reporter, determined to uncover something new, and her pleasure in observing the little life of her surroundings is infectious." -- The Spectator "...you will enjoy her sumptuous eye for detail... Sciolino has captured the bouquet of her dream street, and even the most cynical reader will find moments of beguilement." -- The Daily Telegraph