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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edwin Black  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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

Published Works

  • IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation, Crown, 2001
  • Format C, Brookline Books/Lumen Editions, 1999
  • The Transfer Agreement--25th Anniversary Edition: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine, Brookline Books/Lumen Editions, 1999
  • IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation , Crown, 2001
  • War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race(Originally printed in 2003), Dialog Press, 2008
  • Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7,000-year History of War, Profit, and Conflict (Originally printed in 2004), Dialog Press, 2008
  • Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives, St Martin's Griffin, 2009
  • The Plan: How to Rescue Society the Day the Oil Stops--or the Day Before , Dialog Press, 2008
  • Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaust , Dialog Press, 2009
  • British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement: The West's Secret Pact to Get Mideast Oil , Dialog Press, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Crown Publishers,. New York :. ©2001.


Format C /
ISBN: 1571290788. OCLC Number:

Brookline Books,. Cambridge, Mass. :. ©1999.

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.

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

Brookline Books,. Cambridge, Mass. :. ©1999.

"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.

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

Crown Publishers,. New York :. ©2001.


Internal combustion :
ISBN: 031235908X. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 2006.

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.

The plan :
ISBN: 0914153072. OCLC Number:

Dialog Press,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2008.

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.

Nazi nexus :
ISBN: 0914153099. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

Dialog Press,. Washington, DC :. ©2011.


  • 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

    Speaking Engagements

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