Howard Blum

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Not to be confused with Howard Bloom.
Howard Blum
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Education Horace Mann School
Alma mater Stanford University
Genre Non-fiction
Notable works American Lightning
Notable awards Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime, 2009
Spouse Jane Davenport "Jenny" Cox (1991-)
Children Tony

Howard Blum (/ˈblʌm/) (born 1948) is an American author and journalist. Formerly a reporter for the The Village Voice[1] and The New York Times, Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair[2][3] and the author of several non-fiction books, including the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning.[4]


In 1986, Blum began working as a reporter for the New York Times, where he earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations.[2] Since 1994, Blum has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.[2] Several of his books were non-fiction bestsellers, including Gangland, Wanted, The Gold of Exodus, and The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and WWII.[3] Additionally, a number of his works have been optioned for film.[2] Miramax Films is in the process of making The Brigade into a major motion picture.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Blum is the son of Harold K. Blum (1917-1984), an executive at the Kane Miller Corporation in Tarrytown, New York,[5][6][7] and Gertrude Blum, a schoolteacher in New York City.[5] For high school, Blum attended the Horace Mann School and earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he also received an M.A. in government in 1970.[1][5] In January 1991, he married Jenny Cox, a book editor.[5] They currently reside in Sag Harbor, New York and Connecticut.[2] Blum is the father of three children: Tony, Anna and Dani.[8] Howard is the brother of celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum.


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  1. ^ a b Whitty, Stephen (September 2008). "Terror Then, Stories Now". Stanford Magazine. Stanford University. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Contributing Editor: Howard Blum". Condé Nast Digital. 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Howard Blum profile". Harper Collins. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Search the Edgar® Award Winners and Nominees". Edgars Database. Mystery Writers of America. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Jenny Cox Is Wed To Howard Blum". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 27 July 1991. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Obituary: Harold K. Blum". The New York Times. 13 November 1984. Archived from the original on 28 Jan 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Harold Blum, 'United States Social Security Death Index'". U.S. Social Security Administration - Death Master File. FamilySearch. November 1984. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Zarker, Karen (15 September 2008). "20 Questions: Howard Blum". Popmatters Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 

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