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After the events of September 11, Winn began a research project with colleague Ken Power to "uncover the roots of terrorism". They visited 120 countries and interviewed members of al-Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Force 17, the Palestinian Authority, the Knesset, IDF, and US generals, as well as Israeli secret service agents in the Mossad and Shin Bet. The two published their findings in the novel Tea With Terrorists.
Winn has made numerous appearances in the media around the United States, including 1500 radio interviews by his own count. Some of the shows are made available on his website. Winn has been interviewed by Business Week.BW Talk: The Spy Who Came In From...
Prior to becoming an author, Winn was a businessman who founded the now defunct ValueAmerica.com.
In 2010 Winn repudiated the letters of St Paul, in his online book Questioning Paul.
In 1977 Winn joined his father's company, Winn Co., after graduating from the University of Southern California with business degrees in marketing and finance. There he worked as a manufacturer's representative.
In 1986, he founded and built a lighting company called Dynasty which he brought public in 1990; it went bankrupt in 1993.
In 1996, he became a Dot.com entrepreneur when he founded Value America, an early sort of electronic mall that was briefly second only to Amazon.com. The company raised investments from Paul Allen and Frederick W. Smith, among others. By December 1999, Winn had resigned from the board after disagreeing with all but one of the rest of the board regarding restructuring. Value America filed for bankruptcy in August 2000, less than a year after its IPO. It was one of the first large dotcoms to fail.
Winn's book In the Company of Good and Evil: A True Story of Seduction and Betrayal is about his experience with Value America. Winn stated, "I, along with a small but great team of people, built a large and innovative retail company. But the founders turned the firm over to 'professionals' after taking it public in harmony with prevailing wisdom. They promptly ran it into the ground while lining their pockets. To cover their crime, they blamed it on me."
Views on Islam
Winn claims in Prophet of Doom and Tea With Terrorists, Islamic terrorists are inspired by the actions of Muhammad and the verses in the Qu'ran.
|“||The critics of this work will claim that Prophet of Doom is offensive, racist, hatemongering, intolerant, and unnecessarily violent. I agree - but I didn't write those parts. They came directly from Islam’s scriptures. If you don't like what Muhammad and Allah said, don't blame me. I'm just the messenger. . .
One last thought before you head down this perilous path. I pray that when you have reached the journey’s end, you will share my heart for the plight of Muslims. I want nothing more than to free them from Islam, and in so doing, free us from the terror their doctrine inspires.
|— Winn, in a letter to the readers on the Prophet of Doom website|
- Yada Yahweh: A Conversation with God, Cricketsong Books (? 2007)
- Prophet Of Doom: Islam's Terrorist Dogma In Muhammad's Own Words, Faithworks (April 2004)
- Tea With Terrorists: Who They Are, Why They Kill, What Will Stop Them Faithworks (October 2002)
- In the Company of Good and Evil: A True Story of Seduction and Betrayal Cricketsong Books (January 2002)
- Questioning Paul
- Chapter 0 Yada Yahweh
- Tea With Terrorists: Interview with the Authors
- Crazy Craig's C-Commerce
- Questioning Paul
- "Craig Winn, Netrepreneur," Businessweek 2000 article
- Craig Winn, Netrepreneur
- Value America Declares Bankruptcy: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, Aug. 11, 2000
- dot.bomb: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath. J. David Kuo, 2001
- "A Short Time Ago," Fortune, July 25, 2005
- Prophet of Doom: Questions and Answers
- Description of Tea with Terrorists
Winn's On-line Books
Audio and Video of Winn