Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling investigative author of 45 bestselling editions in 13 languages in 60 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. Editors have nominated Black eight times for the Pulitzer Prize, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. 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. 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.

Edwin Black

Black's five award-winning bestselling books are 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), Banking on Baghdad (John Wiley & Sons and others worldwide 2004), and a novel, Format C: (Dialog Press and others worldwide 1999). 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. Blacks' articles are syndicated worldwide by Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Syndicate, JTA and Feature Group News Service.

In 2005, Black won the World Affairs Council's award for the Best World Affairs Book for Banking on Baghdad, and the Doņa 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 nominated Black for the Pulitzer Prize eight times, most recently for Banking on Baghdad, and twice 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.

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 exposé… 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 at www.ibmandtheholocaust.com

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 www.waragainsttheweak.com

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 was nominated by Macmillan for a Pulitzer; it has been recently optioned for film. More information on the book can be found at www.transferagreement.com

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 www.formatnovel.com

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 the Ford Foundation systematically funding hate groups, corrupt insurance companies, 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 has often worked undercover. His internationally syndicated investigation of the Ford Foundation financing of Mideast agitation groups, called "Funding Hate," resulted in Congressional investigations and a sea change in American private donations to Palestinian groups. He was the first to investigate and document improprieties and anti-Semitic conduct by the FBI counterintelligence chief David Szady in targeting Jewish individuals and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. His undercover investigation of the Cocos Island slave state propelled the last slave state to the world's attention and its subsequent dismantling by the United Nations.

For his articles and books, Black has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows worldwide, including Oprah, the Today Show, Wolf Blitzer, NPR's Weekend Edition, America's Most Wanted and the leading shows of England, Canada, Europe and Latin America. For his books, he has appeared in numerous documentaries, including The Corporation and King of Capitalism.

Edwin Black is represented worldwide by Lynne Rabinoff Associates and B'nai B'rith Lecture Bureau.


  1. World Affairs Council Award for Best World Affairs Books of 2004 for Banking on Baghdad.
  2. The International Society for Sephardic Progress' Doņa Gracia Medal for Best Book of 2004 for Banking on Baghdad.
  3. 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.
  4. World Affairs Council-Great Lakes, award for Best Book of 2003 for International Affairs for War Against the Weak.
  5. American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2003, best nonfiction book of the year for paperback edition of IBM and the Holocaust.
  6. American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2003, best article of investigative journalism on IBM at Auschwitz, entitled "Final Solutions," in the Village Voice.
  7. AOFAS Roger Mann Award, 1996, honorable mention for best article on healthcare.
  8. Folio Award, 1995 for publishing excellence.
  9. Folio Award, 1995, for an undercover story on the homeless.
  10. Computer Press Association, 1994, best new computer magazine.
  11. Rockower Award, 1988, excellence in Jewish commentary for a turning point commentary on the Jonathan Pollard Affair.
  12. 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."
  13. Carl Sandburg Award, 1984, best nonfiction book, 
    The Transfer Agreement.
  14. Eagle Award, 1978, excellence in editing.
  15. The Chicago Award, 1978, best feature article in the Chicago Reader for exclusive interview with Jewish attorney representing Nazis seeking to March through Skokie.

Past Nominations

  • Pulitzer Prize—eight times: Once by Macmillan in 1984 for The Transfer Agreement; three times between 1986 and 1990 by Jewish newspapers for investigations of terrorism, interviews with Louis Farrakhan, and 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;" his latest nomination was by John Wiley & Sons for Banking on Baghdad.

  • National Book Award—twice; by Four Walls Eight Windows for War Against the Weak, and in 2004 by John Wiley & Sons for Banking on Baghdad.

  • 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. Best Book of 2004 for Banking on Baghdad, plus Best Article for Dispossessed and the Arlenes Public Service Award, both based on Banking on Baghdad.

  • 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.

April 2005

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