Christopher Peter Andersen (born May 26, 1949) is an American journalist and the author of 28 books, including many bestsellers. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Andersen joined the staff of Time Magazine as a contributing editor in 1969. From 1974 to 1986 Andersen was senior editor of Time Incorporated’s People Magazine. He has also written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Life, and Vanity Fair.
While his early nonfiction books veered from psychology (The Name Game) to true crime (The Serpent’s Tooth) to art collecting (The Best of Everything, with former Sotheby’s chairman John Marion), he is best known for his controversial biographies. Between 1991 and 2008, he published 13 New York Times bestselling biographies, including:
Madonna: Unauthorized (1991)