Alex Berenson

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Alex Berenson
Born (1973-01-06) January 6, 1973 (age 42)
Occupation Author, Former Reporter for New York Times
Language English
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Education Bachelor Degree
History and Economics
Alma mater Yale University (1994)
Genre Spy fiction
Subject Terrorism
Notable awards Edgar Award (2007[1])
Spouse Jacqueline
Relatives Parents: Ellen and Harvey Brother: David

Alex Berenson (born January 6, 1973) is a former reporter for The New York Times and the author of several thriller novels and a book on corporate financial filings.[2]


Berenson was born in New York, and grew up in Englewood, NJ.[3] He graduated from Yale University in 1994 with bachelor's degrees in history and economics. He joined the Denver Post in June 1994 as a business reporter. He published 513 articles through August 1996, when he left to join, a financial news website founded by Jim Cramer. In December 1999, Berenson joined The New York Times as a business investigative reporter.

In the fall of 2003 and the summer of 2004, Berenson covered the occupation of Iraq for the Times. More recently, he has covered the pharmaceutical and health care industries, specializing in issues concerning dangerous drugs. Since December 2008, Berenson has reported on the Bernard Madoff $50 billion Ponzi scheme scandal. He is now a full-time writer.

He has written eight spy novels, all featuring the same protagonist, CIA agent John Wells. His first novel, The Faithful Spy, was released in April 2006 and won an Edgar Award for best first novel by an American author. In February 2008, The Faithful Spy rose to #1 on the New York Times paperback bestseller list.

The same month, Berenson released his second thriller, The Ghost War. His third novel, The Silent Man, followed in February 2009. His fourth, The Midnight House, was released on February 9, 2010 and debuted at #9 on The New York Times bestseller list. The fifth, The Secret Soldier, was released on February 8, 2011 and debuted at #6 on the bestseller list. The sixth, The Shadow Patrol, was released on February 21, 2012, and debuted at #8. In July 2012, The Shadow Patrol was named a finalist for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, given by Britain's Crime Writers Association.

In 2010, Berenson left the Times to become a full-time novelist. He lives in the East Village of Manhattan with his wife, Jacqueline Berenson, a forensic psychiatrist and researcher at Columbia University. They have a daughter, Lucy.




John Wells series

Title Author Publisher Date Genre ISBN
The Faithful Spy Alex Berenson Random House April 25, 2006 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-345-47899-3
The Ghost War Alex Berenson G.P. Putnam's Sons dba Penguin Group February 12, 2008 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-399-15453-9
The Silent Man Alex Berenson G.P. Putnam's Sons dba Penguin Group February 10, 2009 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-399-15538-3
The Midnight House Alex Berenson G.P. Putnam's Sons dba Penguin Group February 10, 2010 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-399-15620-5
The Secret Soldier Alex Berenson G.P. Putnam's Sons dba Penguin Group February 8, 2011 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-399-15708-0
The Shadow Patrol Alex Berenson G.P. Putnam's Sons dba Penguin Group February 21, 2012 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-399-15829-2
The Night Ranger Alex Berenson G.P. Putnam's Sons dba Penguin Group February 12, 2013 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-399-15972-5
The Counterfeit Agent Alex Berenson G.P. Putnam's Sons dba Penguin Group February 11, 2014 Spy fiction ISBN 978-0-399-15973-2


Title Author Publisher Date Genre ISBN
The Number, 1st Edition Alex Berenson Random House March 4, 2003 non-fiction ISBN 978-0375508806
The Number Alex Berenson Simon & Schuster May 6, 2003 non-fiction ISBN 978-0743240147
Lost in Kandahar Alex Berenson Brilliance Audio November 13, 2012 non-fiction ISBN 978-1469230948


  1. ^ a b "The Edgars 2007 - Best First Novel By An American Author". The Edgars 2007. Mystery Writers of America. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Berenson, Alex. "Alex Berenson - The New York Times". Archived from the original on 4 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Alex Berenson Biography". Retrieved 12 September 2010. 

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