His novel, "City of Thieves" (2008), is set during the Siege of Leningrad.
David and Amanda were married at Amanda's alma mater, Friends Seminary high school, in New York City.
His father is Stephen Friedman, a Sr. partner and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, the current Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and former Director of the National Economic Council (2002-2005), personally appointed by President Bush.
David and Amanda became the parents of their first child, a girl named Frances Pen, on February 20, 2007. Frances weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz.
One of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008.