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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edwin Black  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.edwinblack.com/
-- Edwin Black on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=edwin+black

E-Mail: -- inquiry@edwinblack.com


Illinois Connection

Born in Chicago, Edwin was raised in Jewish neighborhoods in the area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Edwin Black is a syndicated columnist, and journalist specializing in the historical interplay between economics and politics in the Middle East, petroleum policy, the abuses practiced by corporations, and the financial underpinnings of Nazi Germany, among other topics. Black's eight works of non-fiction have been translated into an array of non-English languages, including French, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Hebrew.[1]Black began working as a professional journalist while still in high school, later attending university where he further developed the craft. In the late 1970s he was a founder of the investigative magazine, The Chicago Monthly. He also was a frequent freelance contributor to the four major Chicago newspapers of the day, the Tribune, the Daily News, the Sun-Times, and Chicago Today, as well as such weeklies as Chicago Reader and Chicago Magazine


Awards


-- Carl Sandburg Award, ''The Transfer Agreement''
-- American Society of Journalists and Authors, Best Nonfiction Investigative Book , ''IBM and the Holocaust''
-- World Affairs Council-Great Lakes, ''War Against the Weak''

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Banking on Baghdad :
ISBN: 0471773492. OCLC Number: 56068808

John Wiley & Sons,. .

In Banking on Baghdad, Edwin Black chronicles the history of a land long the center of world commerce and conflict. Tracing the involvement of Western governments and militaries, as well as oil, banking, and other corporate interests, Black pinpoints why today, just as throughout modern history, the world needs Iraq's resources - and remains determined to acquire and protect them. Banking on Baghdad documents the many ways Iraq's recent history mirrors its tumultuous past. Black documents a long record of war profiteering in Iraq and takes a hard look at the corporations currently doing business there. With access to numerous oil company archives, the papers of a half dozen governments, and numerous other primary sources yielding some 50,000 documents, Banking on Baghdad tells a monumental story 7,000 years in the making. From the annihilation of Baghdad by the Mongol Horde in 1258 to the lightning charge of American battle tanks in 2003, Iraq's history is defined by the blood spilt on its soil. Now, Banking on Baghdad provides the historical context lacking from the political discourse in the news media and in Washington circles. It argues that Iraq's future is inextricably linked to its tempestuous history, and that the ongoing conflict there may become just another tragic chapter in that country's long and calamitous record.--Jacket.

British petroleum and the redline agreement /
ISBN: 0914153153. OCLC Number: 642840528

Dialog Press,. .

Format C /
ISBN: 1571290788. OCLC Number: 40776999

Brookline Books,. .

Reporter Dan Levin investigates murder in the computer industry and discovers a plot to control consumers' minds. The villain is a computer-software tycoon who is seeking world domination. A first novel.

IBM and the Holocaust :
ISBN: 9780914153283. OCLC Number: 784949407

Dialog Press,. .

IBM and the Holocaust :
ISBN: 0609607995. OCLC Number: 45896166

Crown Publishers,. .

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Internal combustion :
ISBN: 9781400123247. OCLC Number: 544713261

Tantor Media,. .

The tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in ten years, not in five years, but today. Investigative journalist Black mined corporate and governmental archives to assemble thousands of previously undiscovered documents and studies into this dramatic story. He traces a continuum of rapacious energy cartels and special interests dating back from wood to coal to oil, then to the bicycle and electric battery cartels of the 1890s, which created thousands of electric vehicles that plied American streets a century ago--but those noiseless and clean cars were scuttled by petroleum interests. Black also documents how General Motors conspired to undermine mass transit in dozens of cities and how Big Oil, Big Corn, and Big Coal have subverted synthetic fuels and other alternatives.--From publisher description.

Internal combustion :
ISBN: 031235908X. OCLC Number: 69021042

St. Martin's Press,. .

The tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in ten years, not in five years, but today. Investigative journalist Black mined corporate and governmental archives to assemble thousands of previously undiscovered documents and studies into this dramatic story. He traces a continuum of rapacious energy cartels and special interests dating back from wood to coal to oil, then to the bicycle and electric battery cartels of the 1890s, which created thousands of electric vehicles that plied American streets a century ago--but those noiseless and clean cars were scuttled by petroleum interests. Black also documents how General Motors conspired to undermine mass transit in dozens of cities and how Big Oil, Big Corn, and Big Coal have subverted synthetic fuels and other alternatives.--From publisher description.

Nazi nexus :
ISBN: 0914153099. OCLC Number: 221148871

. .

A scathing expos of the link between major U.S. corporations and the holocaust makes sobering indictments about such companies as IBM, General Motors, and the Rockefeller Foundation, revealing how some of their mid-twentieth-century agendas directly or indirectly supported Nazi activities.

The plan :
ISBN: 9780914153207. OCLC Number: 715191750

Dialog Press,. .

A controversial and bitter-pill crisis plan to rescue America once the oilstops. The must-have go-to book once the oil stops or perhaps justbefore it does. Companion to the best selling, award-winning InternalCombustion (St. Martins 2006). See www.Planforoilcrisis.com pluswww.internalcombustionbook.com. By the author of IBM and the Holocaust and Internal Combustion.

The plan :
ISBN: 0914153072. OCLC Number: 221148862

Dialog Press,. .

Edwin Black's controversial and bitter-pill crisis plan to rescue America once the oilstops. The must-have go-to book once the oil stops or perhaps just before it does.

The transfer agreement :
ISBN: 157129077X. OCLC Number: 41606229

Brookline Books,. .

"The Transfer Agreement is the stunning, compassionate account of the "deal with the devil" that saved 60,000 Jews from the Holocaust. The deal was made in desperation in 1933 between the Jewish leadership in Palestine and the Third Reich. The terms: that the Jewish-led boycott of German goods would cease in return for the transfer of German Jews to the Holy Land. Eventually one-tenth of Germany's Jews were saved, thus helping to form the seedbed of modern Israel." "Edwin Black reveals for the first time the inside details of the controversial pact and recreates the drama: the personalities, the cliff-hanger negotiations, and the anguish of world Jewry over their choice. And Black does more. He provides a true understanding of Israel's founding and the heartbreaking realities of the Jew's plight in Hitler's Europe."--BOOK JACKET.