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A gripping work of reportage that, for the first time, tells the story of “Chucky” Taylor, a young American who lost his soul in Liberia, the country where his African father was a ruthless warlord and dictator

Chucky Taylor was in many ways an average American kid. Growing up in Florida, he had friends, a high school sweetheart, and some brushes with the law. But then, in 1992, at age fifteen, he traveled to Liberia to meet his estranged father, Charles Taylor—the warlord and future president of Liberia. Adrift in a strange, underdeveloped country, Chucky became the commander of the infamous Anti-Terrorist Unit, aka “Demon Forces.”

Suddenly powerful amidst the lawlessness of his father’s rule, any semblance of morality vanished. The savagery and pointlessness of his crimes shocked even his brutal father. Fleeing Liberia as his father’s government fell, Chucky was caught sneaking into the United States and became the first American convicted of the war crime of torture.

Now Johnny Dwyer’s deeply researched book tells not just the riveting story of Chucky Taylor and his family but also of Liberia, a nation which only recently has found reason to hope for the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In American Warlord…it is the juxtaposition of [Chucky’s] descent into depravity with Chucky’s relatively innocuous origins that gives force to Dwyer’s fluid narrative…[A] brutal but well-told tale.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of the most remarkable biographies that has appeared in recent years.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The surreal journey Taylor took from Florida to Liberia and then back to stand trial for torture is the subject of American Warlord.”

    Associated Press

  • “Absorbing…Dwyer’s work here is important…[as] one can only hope that the decision makers will be remembering the story told in American Warlord.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A dark triumph—a meticulous geopolitical narrative and gripping tale of an American son lost to evil.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Peter Jay Fernandez is the voice for this compelling history of Chuckie’s family background, the turbulent political and military history of the region of Liberia, and the atrocities Chuckie committed. Fernandez speaks at a measured pace and evinces a gentle African accent for the Liberians in the story. His reading of Chuckie’s rap lyrics between chapters…helps the listener to mark transitions in the work.”


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About the Author

Johnny Dwyer is a reporter living in New York City. He has written for Esquire, the Guardian (London), Rolling Stone, Time, Foreign Policy, VICE, and the New York Times. American Warlord is his first book.