Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling international investigative author of 80 award-winning editions in 14 languages in 65 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With more than a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work ten times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. Many of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with two in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. He is a leading contributor to The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly, as well as the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, and numerous other on-line publications.
Black's ten award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001 and 2012), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003 and 2012), The Transfer Agreement (1984 and 2009), and a 1999 novel, Format C:.
His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L'Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal. Leading on-line journals carry his work as well. Black's articles are syndicated worldwide by Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Syndicate, JTA and Feature Group News Service.
In 2011, Black was featured at scores of speaking events in the United States and overseas, highlighting all his published works. His travels included a four-week scholar-in-residence in Australia, sponsored by the Shalom Institute focusing on his work in petropolitics and Holocaust history. He was also asked to deliver a week-long 5-campus scholar-in-residence in North Carolina sponsored by a coalition of that state’s universities, legislators, civic institutions, and other leadership groups, exploring the dark side of eugenics, this arising from his bestseller War Against the Weak, now a feature-length documentary of the same name. The North Carolina tour was marked by several standing-room only appearances.
During 2011 and 2010, Black received three service awards: from Moriah College in Sydney for his work in Nazi Nexus, the Jewish War Veterans for his work in the book The Transfer Agreement, and from Hadassah Ahavat Yisrael for his work in the book The Farhud. In 2010, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), in a Capitol Hill ceremony bestowed its coveted “Justice for All” on Black for his work on eugenics and his book War Against the Weak.
In 2008, the American Jewish Press Association gave Black its Rockower Award for best investigative article of the year, arising from the series "Hitler's Carmaker," syndicated internationally by the JTA.
In 2006–2007, Black's book Internal Combustion was honored with four major editorial awards: Best Book of the Year from American Society of Journalists and Authors, a Rockower Award for Best Investigation of the Year from the American Jewish Press Association, a Green Globe, and the Thomas Edison Award.
In 2005, Black won the World Affairs Council's award for the Best World Affairs Book for Banking on Baghdad, and the Doña Gracia Medal for Best Book of The Year. In 2004, he won the coveted Rockower First Prize Award for Investigative Journalism from the American Jewish Press Association for "Funding Hate," his acclaimed, syndicated investigation of the Ford Foundation's systematic funding of hate groups.
In 2003, he received the top two editorial awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors: Best Book of the Year for IBM and the Holocaust and Best Article of the Year for "IBM in Auschwitz" in the Village Voice. Also in 2003, Black received the International Human Rights Award from the World Affairs Council for War Against the Weak.
Editors have submitted Black's work for Pulitzer Prize nomination nine times, most recently for Internal Combustion, and three times for the National Book Award. In addition, Black received the Carl Sandburg Award for The Transfer Agreement as well as two Folio Awards and a Computer Press Association Award for excellence in magazine publishing.
ENERGY PUBLISHER: In British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement, Black again brings to the table his considerable gifts for research and the teasing-out of a complex nexus of relationships that sustains America’s and the world’s petroleum addiction. British Petroleum has long been nurtured by the wars in what is now Iraq.
British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement, published in 2011, combines Black's extensive knowledge of the Middle East history, oil history, and geopolitics to create a fast-paced volume, and often shocking chronicle of the men and money, wars and bloodshed, invasions and deceptions that culminated in the company that became British Petroleum. Based on thousands of archival documents, including exclusive access to the corporate files of British Petroleum, Turkish Petroleum Company, and Anglo-Persian Oil Company, readers obtain an insider's view of the fabulous monopoly in history--and how it all pivoted on one man and one agreement. The story of the Redline Agreement is nothing less than the revelation of the West's secret pact to obtain Mideast and the basis for the world's involvement in the region. More information on the book can be found at http://www.redlineagreement.com.
DAILY ESTIMATE: Eloquently-written, and always sustaining reader interest ... As with other Black books, The Farhud is exhaustively researched ... Black takes his time setting the scene, not sparing the reader the graphic details ...The Farhud should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the Arab-Nazi alliance at the root of conflict in the Middle East.
The Farhud, published in 2010 to broad praise, is Black's most recent Holocaust work, this excavating and chronicling the explosive international alliance between Nazis and Arabs. It came down to this: The Nazis needed oil. The Arabs wanted the Jews and British out of Palestine. The Mufti of Jerusalem forged a far-ranging alliance with Hitler resulting in the June 1941 Farhud, a Nazi-style pogrom in Baghdad that set the stage for the devastation and expulsion of the Iraqi Jews and ultimately almost a million Jews across the Arab world. The Farhud was the beginning of what became a broad Nazi-Arab alliance in the Holocaust. From Palestine to France, from concentration camps to the battlefield trenches, from sabotage units to three divisions of Waffen SS operating savagely in central Europe, tens of thousands of Arabs and Muslims fought shoulder to shoulder to advance Hitler's war against civilization and his determination to exterminate the Jews. More information on the book can be found at http://www.farhudbook.com.
MIAMI HERALD: Offers a compact and highly concentrated dose of history that powerfully demonstrates the deleterious effects of the convergence of avarice and ideology, American-style. The ties between... are astounding.
Nazi Nexus, published in 2009 to worldwide acclaim, once again has Black exploring Holocaust connections. Adolf Hitler was completely responsible for the Holocaust. But Hitler had help. When zealous Nazis were motivated to wage war against an imaginary generation-to-generation Jewish conspiracy… when Nazis created ghastly extermination plans to help ensure their master race would rule the world… when the German military was enabled to smash across Europe with lightning speed in heavy Blitz trucks, bomb mercilessly from the air in advanced JU-88s, and create carnage across the seas with deadly torpedoes… when Josef Mengele saw the scientific need to undertake heinous medical experiments on twins in Auschwitz… when the Reich was enabled to identify the Jews everywhere in Europe and then systematically pauperize and destroy them… when all these terrible things were done, the shape and scope of the horror was pivotally determined by major American industrial giants. Now the indispensible dots can be connected: Ford Motor Co., General Motors, the Carnegie Institution, the Rockfeller Foundation and IBM. These companies shaped the size and scope of the Holocaust that Hitler inflicted upon the world. More information on the book can be found at http://www.nazinexus.com.
ENERGY PUBLISHER: Black states the problem clearly and without hyperbole. A sane and remarkably rational step-by-step scheme for quitting our fossil fuel dependency. Highly Recommended.
The Plan, published in 2008, is his second on energy independence and oil addiction. Dismissing energy independence as a distant goal, The Plan confronts the looming crisis of a sudden oil interruption. The U.S. consumes about 20 million barrels of oil per day, some 70 percent imported, and if only 2 million were interrupted for a protracted period of a month or more, the nation would be thrown into economic chaos. The Plan explains that severe weather such as hurricanes and pinprick terrorism at pipelines could not cause such a disruption, but that a blockade of the Strait of Hormuz could. The book then outlines the step-by-step day-by-day rationing, vehicle retrofitting and fuel switching needed to survive such disruption, based on the policies and precedents of International Energy Agency and our own history of emergency response. While some 28 other oil consuming nations have adopted emergency measures, American policymakers have not even discussed a contingency plan. More information on the book can be found at http://www.planforoilcrisis.com.
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: Black spins the history of oil's ascendancy to dominance over the global energy market into a sordid tale of conspiracy, deception and murder. This enthralling book... well-researched... manages to keep this complex history compelling... with devastating clarity.
Internal Combustion, published in 2006, connects the dots of greed and deception that have governed energy from ancient times to the present, and that threaten to destroy our future. Based on prodigious research deep into the historical record and previously unavailable archives, Black pulls no punches. He demonstrates exactly how power-hungry despots, avaricious monopolists, and bottom-line obsessed corporate oligarchs have long controlled where we get our energy and how we use it. From the electric cars of a century ago, to the secret 1914 project of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to convert America to electric vehicles, Internal Combustion shocks and reveals. Known for revealing "a century of lies," the book lays bare the story behind the energy crisis--past, present, and future. Yet, the book sounds a call to action, telling people how they can get off of oil right now. The world can peer into the past and discover that to achieve clean energy independence and petropolitical security we do not need to reinvent the wheel. We need only to exhume the wheel of alternative energy from whence it was deliberately buried by those who have profited from petroleum and Internal Combustion. St Martins Press has submitted Internal Combustion for a Pulitzer Prize nomination. More information on the book can be found at http://www.internalcombustionbook.com/.
WASHINGTON POST: Edwin Black's impressive analysis, which included looking at more than 50,000 original documents... provides a comprehensive history of Iraq that explains why the West's record in the region so complicates nation-building there today.
Banking on Baghdad, published in October 2004, chronicles the tragic and turbulent 7,000-year history of Iraq. Banking on Baghdad is the first history of Iraq from a global stage, as determined by the corporate boardrooms and governmental war rooms of London, Paris, Istanbul, Washington and the other centers of commercial and political power that coveted its geography and geology. Black led a team of thirty researchers in five countries, accessing more than 100 repositories and securing some 50,000 documents. The author was granted special access to the corporate archives of numerous oil companies involved in Iraq and the Middle East. Banking on Baghdad immediately hit the Barnes & Noble bestseller list for International Fairs and was the basis for a 50-city tour. The volume lauded by Miami Herald as one of the year's Ten Best, won the World Affairs Council for Best World Affairs Book of 2004 and was submitted by Wiley Books for a Pulitzer nomination. More information on the book can be found at http://www.bankingonbaghdad.com/.
ESQUIRE: Edwin Black is a dangerous man. He tells us things we don't want to hear, like, for instance, this: "The scientific rationales that drove killer doctors at Auschwitz were first concocted on Long Island." His groundbreaking War Against the Weak, Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race... is a scary and necessary book.
War Against the Weak, published in 2003, assembles the gripping story of America's decades-long campaign to create a white, Nordic master race through a sham science called eugenics. Some 60,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized in eugenic campaigns organized by American corporate philanthropic organizations such as the Carnegie Institution and the Rockefeller Foundation. The program was then transplanted to Germany where the Rockefeller Foundation and American eugenicists founded and funded Nazi eugenics. To assemble War Against the Weak, Black headed a team of some 50 researchers, working in dozens of archives in four countries, and accumulating some 50,000 documents. Hailed as a "gripping account" by historian Paul Weindling and "astonishing" by Abraham Foxman, War Against the Weak launched September 7, 2003. The New York Times called the book "chilling," Esquire called it "scary and necessary," and Library Journal dubbed it a "bombshell." War Against the Weak received the World Affairs Council's award for Best Book of 2003 for International Human Affairs. More information on the book can be found at http://www.waragainsttheweak.com/.
NEWSWEEK: Backed by exhaustive research, Black's case is simple and stunning: that IBM facilitated the identification and roundup of millions of Jews during the 12 years of the Third Reich. ... Black's evidence may be the most damning to appear yet against a purported corporate accomplice.
Edwin Black is probably best known for IBM and the Holocaust, an international bestseller, published in 2001, documenting the previously unknown twelve-year strategic relationship between IBM and Hitler's Third Reich. IBM developed custom-made data processing programs, using punch cards, to organize and accelerate all six phases of the Holocaust, from identification, expulsion and confiscation to ghettoization, deportation and extermination. IBM and the Holocaust was simultaneously released in 40 countries in nine languages on February 11, 2001 to international acclaim and worldwide headlines. It immediately became a bestseller on the New York Times list as well as those in many other nations such as Canada, Germany, Italy, and Brazil. The work is now available in 61 countries in 14 languages and 27 editions, and it has been optioned for film. Black has lectured and toured on the topic, from the Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles to the Royal War Museum in London to the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. The author's writing on the subject has appeared in publications from the Los Angeles Times to Der Spiegel to the Jerusalem Post. His interviews for the book have included scores of network TV and radio shows from NBC's Today Show, Dateline, and NPR to England's BBC, Germany's ZDF, and France's TF-1. In May 2003, IBM and the Holocaust received the American Society of Journalists and Authors top two awards: best nonfiction book of the year; plus, an excerpt with additional information about IBM in Auschwitz appearing in the Village Voice received the award as the best newspaper investigative article of the year. Crown Publishing also submitted the book for a Pulitzer Prize nomination. More information on the book can be found at http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com.
JERUSALEM POST: Black has authored an exhaustive, compelling, well-written and edited work. It is historical journalism at its best.
The Transfer Agreement, Edwin Black's first book, was originally published in 1984 and has been continuously republished in updated editions. It documents the dramatic story of the pact between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine in which the Zionist Organization agreed to break the worldwide, Jewish-led anti-Nazi boycott in exchange for the transfer of some 60,000 Jews to Palestine along with millions in their assets converted into German merchandise. The Transfer Agreement, operating from 1933 to 1939, helped seed the Jewish State. In April 1998, Spertus Institute honored Black at a special ceremony in Chicago for donating the 35,000 archival documents gathered in the original research. Republished continuously, the latest edition was released in 2001 by Carroll & Graf with a special introduction by Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Black has written about the Transfer Agreement for a diverse group of publications, from the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune to Reform Judaism and B'nai B'rith Monthly. He has lectured on the topic extensively around the United States. He was interviewed on numerous television shows such as the CBS Morning News and was the subject of a half-hour NBC documentary. The Transfer Agreement won the Carl Sandburg Award for the best nonfiction book of 1984 and Macmillan submitted it for a Pulitzer nomination; it has been recently optioned for film. More information on the book can be found at http://www.transferagreement.com/.
KIRKUS REVIEWS: Massively conceived, neatly chiseled... Black throughout shows great smarts and at times displays virtuoso rhetoric.
Edwin Black's first novel, Format C:, a kabalistic, technological thriller with echoes from the Holocaust, was met with critical acclaim. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called Format C: a "gripping, fanciful, fast-paced tale." Kirkus Reviews wrote: "Massively conceived, neatly chiseled... Black throughout shows great smarts and at times displays virtuoso rhetoric." Bookbrowser called the novel "a brilliant allegorical thriller". In 1999, the author toured twenty cities and lectured to groups and appeared on media throughout as the millennium approached. More information on the book can be found at http://www.formatnovel.com/.
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