James Srodes


My Books

ON DUPONT CIRCLE; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World
Published by Counterpoint Press of Berkeley, CA in hardback in August 2012; a paperback version will be released in May 2013. A twelve character biography of women and men whose committment to world peace mde them key players in the struggles to create the League of Nations and the United Nations international forums to prevent war.

FRANKLIN:The Essential Founding Father
In his lifetime, Benjamin Franklin was celebrated all over the Western world. And with good reason, says award-winning biographer James Srodes in his riveting, comprehensively researched portrait of a man he calls "the essential Founding Father."
Having plumbed archives and other sources neglected by previous biographers, Srodes debunks numerous myths that have gathered about Franklin---many of them spun by other Founding Fathers. Where John Adams---and his biographer David McCullough---had Franklin as indolent and careless, Srodes uses recently discovered documents to show that Franklin was keeping his colleague at arm's lengthy in order to conduct covert activities to help the American cause. Srodes also looks closely at Franklin's reputation as a philanderer and challenges many long-held assumptions.

Master of Spies

Allen Dulles took American spying from the back alleys of Europe to the forefront of American foreign policy as Director of Central Intelligence under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. His life spanned the American century: from his diplomatic service at America's embassy in Vienna during World War I to his running intelligence operations in the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
Fifteen years in the making---and written with the cooperation of the Dulles family and numerous previously untapped sources---Allen Dulles: Master of Spies is more than a tour de force biography, it is the dramatic story of how America became a world power through the life of its premier spy.

Who's Who in the Race for the White House

Veteran journalists James Srodes and Arthur Jones have direct access to all the major candidates. In Campaign 1996, they have created for voters a fascinating insider's look---the kind of bible that journalists usually share among themselves.

The high-risk, high-gain game of takeovers rocked Wall Street and the City of London to their foundations during the raucous Eighties. This book highlights the previously untold inside stories of the most colorful battles for corporate control of this epoch and highlights such characters as Ivan Boesky, T. Boone Pickens, and Carl Icahn.

The Rise and Fall of John Z. DeLorean

Internationally known financial writers James Srodes and Ivan Fallon were a thorn in John DeLorean's side for two years before his crash. They take you step by step through the story of how, with nothing more than his own forceful personality, DeLorean created a automotive empire that, at its zenith, controlled $500 million of other people's money---then threw it all away.



HARPERS MAGAZINE: Srodes is a journalist who has previously written a prize-winning biography of Allen Dulles, and his gift to the familiar Franklin is an accessible style that will see readers to the last page. He is also well-read in English history, able to provide vivid anecdotes of Franklin's life abroad. For those who last encountered Franlin in the eighth grade, one could do worse than to begin with Srodes's book before returning to the Autobiography, Franklin's own account of the pluck and luck by which he and America came of age.

RICHMOND (Va.)TIMES-DISPATCH: Monographs on aspects of Franklin's unusually long life abound, and every few years some intrepid writer undertakes a full-length biography. This latest one is well-written and, on the whole, pretty successful. One of the shorter of the Franklin biographies, it is still about 400 pages long. Srodes treats all aspects of Franklin's long and varied life and his engaging personality in a sympathetic fashion and an easy prose style. If your summer reading goals include finally getting acquainted with one of the most remarkable of all Americans, James Srodes's new biography of Benjamin Franklin will serve well.

ALBERT R. HUNT (Wall Street Journal)This fine-and fun-book will further the renewed interest in that extraordinarily bold and courageous band of believers who launched the great American experiment

ROGER G. KENNEDY (former director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History): Srodes's is Benjamin Franklin's kind of book--direct, no-nonsense, yet elegant in its thought and subtle in its reasoning. What was Benjamin Franklin like? Ask a writer who knows how power works, how private feeling penetrates into public policy, and how important it may be for a public person deliberately to decide how he wishes to be perceived---and then to spend a lifetime behind that mask. Srodes is the ideal writer of an accessible biography of Franklin. He knows the man and he knows the territory.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: Seasoned journalist James Srodes (Allen Dulles: Master of Spies) charts Benjamin Franklin's "evolution from striving craftsman to daring diplomat, spy, and national master builder" in an account that situates Franklin as the "essential American."


THE SPECTATOR (London): This full and fascinating biography deals with one of the century's formative figures, less in the public eye than his elder brother John Foster Dulles who was secretary of state and apostle of nuclear deterrence at the depth of the Cold War, but hardly less influential where it mattered. His surviving family have been a great help to the biographer. No secret is made of his reputation as a womaniser, which was extensive; it is also clear how much his marriage meant both to him and to his wife. This book would surely have pleased him, and will be a great help to historians.

WASHINGTON TIMES: (Allen Dulles's) remarkable story is engrossingly told in James Srodes's book. Srodes's strength is that he grasps what made Dulles an effective spy master.

JAMES SCHLESINGER, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director: This marveloously detailed biography of Allen Dulles, one of the few CIA directors who devoted much of his life to intelligence operations, traces much of the history of the United States in the twentieth century through these operations. Dulles's virtues---and weaknesses---are revealed. We are finally left with a full portrait of an authentic American patriot and statesman.

The Rise and Fall of John Z. DeLorean

WASHINGTON POST: Passionate, well-researched, and well-written, Dream Maker is a solid investigative work detailing DeLorean the Institution.

THE ECONOMIST: Mr. Fallon and Mr. Srodes, both financial journalists, excel in piecing together almost day by day how Mr. DeLorean set up and worked the deal in Northern Ireland and America. They trace his murky corporate and personal finances. They chronicle the secret trips to Geneva, the arm-twisting in Northern Ireland, the boardroom battles in New York, the increasingly frantic search for outside investors. And, finally, they tell of the end of the dream.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: A first-rate reportorial job, ferreting out the seamy details of Mr. DeLorean's attempt to build a personal business empire with other people's money, efforts and ideas.

THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT: As this excelent book makes plain---and it is much to the credit of the publisher's bold libel lawyers that it should have appeared---John DeLorean was, by the time he came to build his dream car, meglomaniac, incompetent and insatiably greedy for cash. Ivan Fallon and James Srodes have done a magnificent job of detective work, and they succeed in making the technicalities clear in their full detail without slowing down the narrative of what is, in the end, an adventure story---a rare achievement for a book about business.

FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, journalist Walter Lippmann, jurist Felix Frankfurter, diplomats Sumner Welles and John Foster Dulles, and spymaster Allen Dulles became famous figures in 20th Century global affairs. Yet their friendship began in 1916 when these very young strivers came together in houses in the fashionalbe Dupont Circle neighborhood of pre-World War I Washington, D.C. Their private lives and public ambitions make a fascinating tale that resonates in our lives today.
Publisher: Regnery Publishing-2002. Paperback edition-2003.
Publisher: Regnery Publishing, 1999 Paperback edition-2000 Winner: Award for Best Intelligence Book of 2000 from Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
Publisher: G. Putnam's Sons-1983 European Publisher: Hamish Hamilton-1983. Paperback edition-Coronet Co-author: Ivan Fallon
Publisher: HaperCollins Paperbacks-1996. co-author: Arthur Jones
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (UK) 1986. Paperback publisher: Pan Books. Co-author: Ivan Fallon.