Edwin Black is the award-winning,
New York Times and international bestselling investigative author of IBM and the Holocaust (Crown
Publishing and others worldwide 2001), The Transfer Agreement (Macmillan 1984 and Carroll-Graff
2001), War Against the Weak (Four Walls Eight Windows and others worldwide September 2003),
and a novel, Format C: (Dialog Press and others worldwide 1999). His latest book is
Banking on Baghdad (John Wiley & Sons and others worldwide).
In the past several years, Black has won numerous prestigious awards. In
2004, he won the coveted Rockower Award for Investigative Journalism--First
Prize from the American Jewish Press Association for his syndicated
investigation of the Ford Foundation's systematic funding of hate groups.
In 2003, Black received the International Human Rights Award from the
World Affairs Council for War Against the Weak. Plus, 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. Editors
have nominated Black for the Pulitzer Prize eight times, the most recently
for Banking on Baghdad. 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.
Black's enterprise writing has appeared in numerous newspapers across the
United States and Europe, from the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York
Daily News and Los Angeles Times to Sunday Times
(England), Frankfurter Zeitung (Germany) and Jerusalem Post (Israel).
The world's leading magazines have also carried his work, from Playboy and
Reform Judaism to Der Spiegel and L'Express.
Black's latest book is Banking on Baghdad, which 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. Black was granted access to the corporate
archives of numerous oil companies involved in Iraq and the Middle East. Sir Martin
Gilbert wrote, "Every hour spent reading Banking on Baghdad will be well rewarded.
The historical detail is fascinating;
Edwin Black's mastery of it reads like a detective story and thriller
combined, and the relevance of the past has seldom been so graphically
portrayed. This is a gripping expose... this is fact not fiction, more
endlessly intriguing and absorbing than any novel could be." Banking on
Baghdad has been nominated for a Pulitzer. More information on the book can be
found at www.bankingonbaghdad.com.
Edwin Black is probably best known for IBM and the Holocaust, an international bestseller 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 60 countries in 13 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. The book also received a Pulitzer nomination from Crown Publishing. More
information on the book can be found
War Against the Weak chronicles 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
The Transfer Agreement, originally published in 1984, was Edwin Black's first book. 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, Black was honored by Spertus Institute 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 was nominated by
MacMillan for a Pulitzer; it has been recently optioned for film. More information on the book can be found at
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
Edwin Black began his career as an aggressive enterprise and investigative reporter and editor in the
competitive Chicago journalism scene of the late seventies and early eighties. He was editor of the award-winning
investigative magazine Chicago Monthly and wrote extensively for all four daily newspapers of the day:
Chicago Tribune, Chicago Today, Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times, as well as
the weekly Chicago Reader and Chicago Magazine. Nationally, he wrote for leading magazines and
newspapers, such as the Washington Post, Playboy, Journal of the American Bar Association,
and Sports Illustrated. An avid movie music reviewer, he has written on soundtracks and music for
Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Downbeat, International Musician, and many other
publications in America and Europe; he has interviewed such leading composers as Dimitri Shostakovich, Aaron
Copland, Jerry Goldsmith and Hans Zimmer.
In 1984, Black began “The Cutting Edge,” a weekly enterprise column syndicated to newspapers in 50 cities,
first from Chicago and Washington D.C. and then as a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem. “The Cutting Edge” was
nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes. His hard-hitting enterprise articles include exclusive interviews with Minister
Louis Farrakhan, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. The column was noted for breaking stories
on the Skinheads, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Black Hebrews, and Israeli religious strife. Black was the only
non-Israeli print journalist to accompany Shimon Peres to his surprise February 1987 summit in Cairo. For the column,
Black also accompanied the South Lebanese Army on patrol in Lebanon, and the Jerusalem Bomb Squad during an outbreak
of terror bombings.
As an investigative journalist, Black has investigated HMOs, the homeless, the Jonathan
Pollard spy scandal, corporate misconduct, Microsoft antitrust activities, hate crimes, the
infamous Kathy Webb rape case, and the abduction of journalist Terry Anderson. His exclusive
investigation of the worldwide Bramson insurance empire led to numerous arrests and convictions
as a direct result of his disclosures. His investigation of Minnesota's powerful Senator David
Durenberger ultimately led to his indictment. Black often worked undercover. His internationally
syndicated investigation of the Ford Foundation financing of Mideast agitation groups, called
“Funding Hate,” resulted in Congressional investigations and sea change in
American private donations to Palestinian groups. For his articles, Black has appeared on
Oprah, America's Most Wanted and numerous other TV and radio shows. For his articles,
he has appeared on Oprah, America's Most Wanted and numerous other shows.
Edwin Black is represented worldwide by Lynne Rabinoff Associates and B'nai B'rith Lecture Bureau.
- American Jewish Press Association 2003 Rockower Award for best investigative article of the year, for the series "Funding Hate: syndicated internationally by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
- World Affairs Council–Great Lakes, award for Best Book of 2003 for International Affairs for War Against the Weak.
- American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2003, best nonfiction book of the year for paperback edition of IBM and the Holocaust.
- American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2003, best article of investigative journalism on IBM at Auschwitz,
entitled “Final Solutions,” in the Village Voice.
- AOFAS Roger Mann Award, 1996, honorable mention for best article on healthcare.
- Folio Award, 1995 for publishing excellence.
- Folio Award, 1995, for an undercover story on the homeless.
- Computer Press Association, 1994, best new computer magazine.
- Rockower Award, 1988, excellence in Jewish commentary for a turning point commentary on the Jonathan Pollard Affair.
- Smolar Award, 1987, excellence in public affairs journalism for an article on Jews and Hispanics in B'nai
B'rith Monthly and the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and then syndicated via the “Cutting Edge.”
- Carl Sandburg Award, 1984, best nonfiction book, The Transfer Agreement.
- Eagle Award, 1978, excellence in editing.
- The Chicago Award, 1978, best feature article in the Chicago Reader for exclusive interview with Jewish
attorney representing Nazis seeking to March through Skokie.
- Pulitzer Prize--seven times: Once by Macmillan in 1984 for The Transfer Agreement;
twice between 1986 and 1987 by various Jewish newspapers for investigations of terrorism and
interviews with Louis Farrakhan; once in 1990 by the American Jewish World in Minneapolis
for the investigation of Senator David Durenberger (which led to his indictment); once in
2002 by Crown Publishing for IBM and the Holocaust; twice in 2003, once by Four Walls
Eight Windows for War Against the Weak, and once by the JTA for “Funding Hate.”
- SDX Service Awards--twice: once by Playboy in 1987 for the investigation of the Gary
Dotson-Kathy Webb rape case; once by the American Bar Association Journal in 1994 for
investigating attorneys associated with a global malpractice insurance scam.
- IRE Award--once: by Staff Publications for the Bramson insurance investigation.
- ASJA--Best Book of 2003 for War Against the Weak and Best Investigative
Article of 2003 for the NY Sun series “Funding Hate” syndicated by JTA.
- Rockower Award, 2003, for “Funding Hate” syndicated by JTA.