Thursday, September 13
America's Primier Post-9/11 Global Crime Writer Left US in 1970
Jeffrey Robinson (born 1945) is a native New Yorker who has lived in Europe since 1970. Robinson is a recognized expert on organized crime and money laundering and has been labeled, by the British Bankers' Association, “the world’s most important financial crime journalist.”
Robinson is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia (1967). While still at school, he wrote for television and radio, including a popular weekly children’s show and was on the writing staff of The Mike Douglas Show, a nationally televised daily talk show. He continued working in the media during his four year stint as an officer in the United States Air Force. Charged with running a press and public relations office for five generals at the height of the Vietnam War, he hosted a weekly talk show, scripted and directed several film projects, wrote short stories for national magazines and moonlighted as a disc jockey on local radio.
When his military obligation was completed at the end of 1970, he took up residence in a small village in the south of France. Using that as his base, he vagabonded around the world, writing articles and short stories for leading North American and British periodicals. His magazine credits include Playboy, McCalls, Barrons, Gourmet, True, Ambassador, Mademoiselle, Reader’s Digest and TV Guide; his newspaper credits include The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, The Christian Science Monitor and The International Herald Tribune (for which he was a major contributor of features during the 1970s). In Britain his feature journalism has appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Independent and the Mail on Sunday, among others.
He came to the UK in 1982, with more than 600 published stories and articles to his credit, to concentrate on writing books.
Robinson is internationally known for his 1995 investigative tour de force, "The Laundrymen," in which he uncovered the true extent of global money laundering. The book reveals how hundreds of billions of dirty dollars are derived mainly from the drug trade, then reinvested throughout the world by otherwise legitimate businessmen, lawyers, accountants and bankers. Considered the definitive book on the subject, and now used in universities and law schools as a text, Business Week described it as, “An indictment of governments and banks.”
A headline-maker in 14 countries around the world, Robinson scripted and hosted several television documentaries on the back of The Laundrymen, including one for the BBC, and another for Arte in France and Germany. Both have been shown in the United States.
In 1998, he published a sequel to "The Laundrymen," titled "The Merger - How Organized Crime is Taking Over The World." In it, Robinson revealed the shocking and disturbing lengths that transnational organized criminals go in order to build multi-national corporations; explained why organized crime is the major beneficiary of globalization; and illustrated how transnational organized criminals have become the most powerful special interest group on the planet.
Five years later he published yet another book in this series: "The Sink," exposing crime, terrorism and dirty money in the offshore world.
Between 1986-1994, he published three major best-selling biographies: "Yamani - The Inside Story," described by the Wall Street Journal as the best book ever written about the oil industry; "Rainier & Grace," the only legitimate biography ever written about, and with the cooperation of, Monaco’s sovereign family; and "Bardot - Two Lives," also unique in that it was written with the cooperation of French icon Brigitte Bardot.
His other non-fiction titles include: "The Risk Takers" (his first UK best seller) which highlighted the high-flyers of City finance, recounting their tales of money, ego and power; "The Minus Millionaires," the off-beat sequel to "The Risk Takers," in which he told stories about ‘risk takers’ who had lost fortunes; "The End of the American Century," for which Robinson gained access to secret archives in the former Soviet Union to reveal the hidden agendas of the Cold War; "The Hotel," stories gathered over five months as a fly on the wall in what is, arguably, the best hotel in the world; "The Manipulators - A Conspiracy to Make Us Buy," exposing the marketing world’s “hidden persuaders” 40 years after Vance Packard; and "Prescription Games," a damning insider’s view of the global pharmaceutical industry, where science and marketing are deliberately kept apart and where, all too often, profit dictates who lives and who dies.....
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