In 2015, the Virginia Press Association which represents all the daily, weekly and university newspapers in the Old Dominion awarded author James Srodes its first prize for critical writing for his series of book reviews that appear in the Washington Times.
On Dupont Circle; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World, the sixth biography by author James Srodes, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2013. The paperback version was released in May 2013. It is a multi-character story of a dozen young Progressives who had the chance to change world history not once but twice. The book was selected by the Los Angeles Times as a nominee for its annual history book award that year.
In 2006, Franklin: The Essential Founding Father, the fifth biography by Srodes was honored by the Free Library of Philadelphia and Mayor John Street. The book was chosen for the One Book-One Philadelphia city-wide literacy promotion program for 2006. A special edition of the book was circulated in the public schools and nearly 60 public libraries in the city. The announcement came at a televised press conference at the Library.
The book's selection was linked to the U.S. Tercentenary Commission's official celebration of Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday. On November 30, Srodes served as moderator for a Franklin symposium at the Library that featured five other historians who wrote essays for the Tercentenary's official book, "In Search of a Better World," which is published by Yale University Press. Over a four month period Srodes participated in the One Book reading promotion program with appearances and book talks at the area's schools, libraries, and colleges. At the National Constitution Center where the Franklin Tercentennial Museum show was launched, Srodes and International Spy Museum Director Peter Earnest held the first of their lectures on "Benjamin Franklin, Master Spy," to a sold out auditorium. They repeated the conversation at the Spy Museum in Washington, DC a week later. Srodes also served as host for the launch of the Tercentennary program's Autobiography Project which kicked off on the main concourse of Philadelphia's 30th Street train station. Srodes and Earnest repeated the Franklin spy lecture when the Tercentenary Museum show moved to the Missouri Museum of History in St. Louis that summer. On October 20, he returned to Philadelphia to host an all-day seminar at the Tercentennary headquarters on "Franklin as a Social Entreneur."
In addition to his books, Srodes currently is the contributing editor for Industry Europe magazine in the U.K.and a regular contributor to The American Spectator magazine in the U.S. He also provides a weekly radio commentary program on business and finance for the BBC World Report. He is a regular reviewer of books for both The Washington Times newspaper and The Washington Lawyer magazine.
Srodes was born in Newcastle, Pennsylvania, March 12, 1940. After earning a journalism degree from the University of Florida in 1962, he worked for daily newspapers in Florida, North Carolina, and Atlanta before joining United Press International's Washington bureau in 1967 as White House economics reporter. He later worked as a financial journalist in the Washington bureaus of Business Week, Forbes Magazine, and Financial World, serving as bureau chief for the latter two. From 1973 through 1996 he wrote a weekly column on the American financial scene for The Sunday Telegraph of London and wrote regularly for newspapers and magazines in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Srodes was an organizing member of Washington Independent Writers, the regional writers alliance, and has served as its president. He also has been a longtime member of the National Press Club and has served on a number of its professional affairs committees. In June 2010 he was elected to membership in the prestigious Cosmos Club in of scientists, academics and authors. He also serves on the advisory board of the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. He and his wife Cecile, an attorney, live in Washington, DC.
During his promotion of On Dupont Circle, Srodes was invited to give author talks to a range of prestigous venues including the Library of Congess Center for the Book (a podcast), the Cosmos Club, and the National Press Club in Washington.DC.
July 14, 2009. Conocochegue Museum seminar on the French and Indian War, on Franklin and the Craft of Intelligence.
November 1-2, 2008. Braddock Road Historical Association seminar on the French and Indian War. Book signing and talk on Franklin's writing.
November 3-4, 2007. Braddock Road Historical Association seminar on the French and Indian War. Appeared with Lady Joan Reid at two day conference, spoke on Franklin's role in the war. Book signing.
August 6, 2006. Missouri Museum of History, St. Louis. Lecture (with Spy Museum CEO Peter Earnest) on "Franklin the Spy Master", plus media appearances and book signing.