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Jeffrey Robinson (born 1945) is a native New Yorker who lived in Europe from 1970 to 2007, including 25 years in London. The author of 27 books, Robinson was labeled by the British Bankers' Association "the world's leading financial crime author."
Born in Long Beach, NY, Robinson is a graduate of Philadelphia's Temple University (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. In Britain his feature journalism has appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Independent, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday, among others. His US magazine credits include Playboy, McCalls, Barron's, Gourmet, True Magazine, Ambassador, Mademoiselle, Reader's Digest and TV Guide; while his US 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).
He moved to Britain in 1982, with more than 600 published stories and articles to his credit, to concentrate on writing books. In 2007, he returned to New York and now divides his time between the US and the UK.
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 "[a]n indictment of governments and banks".
A headline-maker in 14 countries around the world, and a Number 1 bestseller in the UK, 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.
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 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, about crime, terrorism and dirty money in the offshore world. In it he called the City of London one of the world's greatest laundromats for dirty money.
Between 1986-1994, he published three major UK best-selling biographies: Yamani - The Inside Story, about Saudi Arabia's former Minister of Oil Ahmed Zaki Yamani; 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-fliers 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, an 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.
In 2005, he wrote his first "as told to" with an old college friend, Joseph Petro: Petro's autobiography, Standing Next to History - An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service. Two years later, in 2007, Robinson ghost-wrote Ronnie Wood's autobiography, documenting Wood's years as a rock star and member of the most famous band in the world, The Rolling Stones. In 2009, he published his third "as told to": Leading From The Front, co-written with British entrepreneur and philanthropist, Gerald Ronson.
Robinson's book, There's a Sucker Born Every Minute - A Revelation Of Audacious Frauds, Scams, And Cons -- How To Spot Them, How To Stop Them, is a treatise on fraud.
And his latest, The Takedown - A Suburban Mom, A Coal Miner's Son and the Unlikely Demise of Colombia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel the dramatic story of two people's 15 year plight to bring down the most violent cocaine cartel of all.
Jeffrey Robinson has also written five much-praised novels: Pietrov and Other Games; The Ginger Jar; The Margin of the Bulls; The Monk's Disciples; and, currently under film option, A True and Perfect Knight.
Radio and television
Often seen as an American commentator on Sky News, Robinson has also appeared on BBC News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight, BBC World, ITN, Channel 4 News, in addition to NBC News, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, CBC, CNBC, NBC's The Today Show and Bloomberg Television.
He has scripted and hosted various series for BBC Radio, including one on American soap operas and another on the classic radio stars, Amos and Andy. His radio play "Rossum's Cyber Cafe" was a BBC Radio Drama of the Week.
His conceived and wrote the pilot for the British crime drama series, "Tightrope" for Yorkshire Television, and then completed the pilot episode for a British series on financial crime called "Follow The Money." Other television scripts include Sister Banjo and Notice of Claim. He has scripted a film version of his biography of Brigitte Bardot, called Bardot; and a made-for-television movie version of Standing Next to History, a dramatic re-telling of the special relationship between the president of the United States (Ronald Reagan) and his Secret Service agent (Joseph Petro), called Ronnie & Joe.
Robinson won the 1990 Benedictine Award as "After-Dinner Speaker of the Year".
* The Takedown
* There's a Sucker Born Every Minute (2010)
* The Sink - Crime, Terror And Dirty Money in the Offshore World (2003)
* Prescription Games - Money, Ego and Power Inside the Global
Pharmaceutical Industry (2001)
* The Merger - The Conglomeration of International Organized Crime (1998)
* The Manipulators - A Conspiracy to Make Us Buy (1997)
* The Hotel - Upstairs, Downstairs in a Secret World (1996)
* The Laundrymen (1995)
* Bardot - Two Lives (1994)
* The End of the American Century (1992)
* The Risk Takers - Five Years On (1991)
* Rainier & Grace (1988)
* Yamani - The Inside Story (1987)
* Minus Millionaires (1986)
* The Risk Takers - Portraits of Money, Ego and Power (1985)
* Teamwork - Comedy Teams in the Movies (1983)
* Bette Davis - A Filmography (1982)
* With Gerald Ronson: Leading from the Front - My Story (2009)
* With Ronnie Wood: Ronnie - The Autobiography" (Life as a Rolling Stone)
* With Joseph Petro: Standing Next to History - An Agent's Life Inside
the Secret Service (2005)
* A True and Perfect Knight (1999)
* The Monk's Disciples (1997)
* The Margin of the Bulls (1995)
* The Ginger Jar (1986)
* Pietrov and Other Games (1985)
Screenplays, teleplays and radio plays
* I Je t'Aime You (2008)
* The Wake (short film) (2008)
* Other Arrangements (short film) (2007)
* The Confession (2007)
* Notice of Claim (2005)
* Bardot (2005)
* Sister Banjo (2002)
* Tightrope (2002)
* Rossum's Cyber Café (2000)
* Les Blanchisseurs (1998)
* The Laundrymen (1997)
Journalism and short stories
More than 700 of his published articles and short stories have appeared in major periodicals. Newspaper journalism, specifically for the period 1970-1983 includes 250 feature articles, notably for The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and the San Francisco Examiner.
* Official website: http://www.jeffreyrobinson.com