Howard Blum

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Howard Blum
Born1948 (age 73–74)
EducationHorace Mann School
Alma materStanford University
Notable worksAmerican Lightning
Notable awardsEdgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime, 2009
SpouseJane Davenport "Jenny" Cox (m. 1991; div.)

Howard Blum (/ˈblʌm/) (born 1948) is an American author and journalist. Formerly a reporter for 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 are divorced. He currently resides in Sag Harbor, New York and Connecticut.[2][8] Howard is the brother of celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum.


  • Wishful Thinking (1985), New York: Atheneum Books, ISBN 0689115431
  • I Pledge Allegiance--: The True Story of the Walkers: An American Spy Family (1987), New York: Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671626140
  • Wanted!: The Search for Nazis in America (1989), New York: Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671676075
  • Out There: The Government's Secret Quest for Extraterrestrials (1990), New York, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671662600
  • Gangland: How the FBI Broke the Mob (1993), New York: Pocket Books, ISBN 0671900153
  • The Gold of Exodus: The Discovery of the True Mount Sinai (1998), New York: Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0684809184
  • The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and World War II (2001), New York: HarperCollins, ISBN 0060194863
  • The Eve of Destruction: The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War (2003), New York: HarperCollins, ISBN 0060013990
  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century (2008), New York: Crown Publishers, ISBN 0307346943
  • The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush (2011), New York: Crown Publishers, ISBN 0307461726
  • Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America (2014), New York: Crown Publishers, ISBN 0307461750
  • The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal (2016), HarperCollins, ISBN 0062307673
  • In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies (2018), HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN 0062458248
  • Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin (2020), HarperCollins Publishers.
  • The Spy Who Knew Too Much: An Ex-CIA Officer's Quest Through a Legacy of Betrayal (2022), HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN 9780063054219

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  1. ^ a b Whitty, Stephen (September 2008). "Terror Then, Stories Now". Stanford Magazine. Stanford University. Archived from the original on 7 May 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 14 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Howard Blum profile". Harper Collins. Archived from the original on 11 December 2009. 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. 27 July 1991. Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Obituary: Harold K. Blum". The New York Times. 13 November 1984. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. 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 20 October 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2013.

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