My consulting/ghostwriting clients include the Publications Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) as well as the Ruth Mott Foundation of Michigan.
In his endorsement on my LinkedIn profile, the USHMM's Mel Hecker comments: "I could not have asked for a more cooperative and skilled writer/contractor to help us with a difficult project. Ed is what I would call a value-added provider, doing his work diligently while adding worthwhile suggestions to the mix and going the extra mile to make the project a success. The authors and I greatly appreciated Ed's fine ability to turn a phrase and make a dry historic account into a very good read."
I'm a 38+ year publishing industry veteran having held executive posts at Macmillan and several other large houses. I've also written more than 20 nonfiction books published by such imprints as Doubleday, Oxford University Press, and Basic.
My expertise lies in the areas of finance, tech, memoir, bio, and general adult non-fiction. I've as well written a number of biographical/historical books for adolescent readers, these published by Chelsea House. One of these is a biography of Pope John Paul II, with an Introduction by Arthur Schlesinger.
My books have been reviewed favorably in the New York Times, Esquire, KIRKUS, and other major media, and I myself have written book reviews for The Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle.
In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said of my DARK GENIUS OF WALL STREET: "Renehan's sumptuous prose and his dazzling research and style provide a window into [Jay] Gould's ambitions and offer a first-rate social history of the financial workings of his time."
In its review of my Theodore Roosevelt bio entitled THE LION'S PRIDE, the same publication commented: "Through previously unpublished family papers, judiciously chosen facts and a moving narrative that skillfully parallels the personal and political, Renehan reveals a great deal about American society and politics, and about the culture of war."
From 1980 to 1994, I served in various positions at Wiley, St. Martin's Press, Marcel Dekker, and Churchill-Livingstone, then spent seven years as Director of Computer Publishing Programs for Macmillan/Newbridge.
From 1994 to 2010 I wrote/packaged more than 20 nonfiction books for such firms as Doubleday, Simon and Schuster, Oxford University Press, Springer-Verlag, and Osborne/McGraw Hill.
Since 2010, I've continued to consult while also managing my own (very) small publishing start-up, New Street Communications, LLC. Please see my LinkedIn profile for further details.
My son is now taking the helm at New Street, and I will be focusing on ghost work.
I am based eight nautical miles from Newport, RI, but am readily available for meetings in NYC or Boston as necessary, or elsewhere via video-conferencing.
Though reviled for more than a century as Wall Street's greatest villain, Jay Gould was in fact its most original creative genius. Gould was the robber baron's robber baron, the most astute financial and business strategist of his time and also the most widely hated. In Dark Genius of Wall Street, acclaimed biographer Edward J. Renehan, Jr., combines lively anecdotes with the rich social tapes... read more
A dramatic, fascinating–and revisionist–narrative detailing how America’s first family was changed utterly during World War II. First-rate history grounded in scholarship and brought to life by a critically acclaimed author.From breathless hagiographies to scandal-mongering exposés, no family has generated more bestselling books than the Kennedys. None of them, however, has focused on the wate... read more
Windcheck Magazine (Nov/Dec 2016): Absorbing and insightful ... utterly unforgettable. Practical Sailor (Jan 2017): [DESPERATE VOYAGE] adds a new depth of storytelling to a tale of madness that many sailors are familiar with. Points East Magazine (July 2017): Crowhurst made his own bed, and unfortunately he lay in it, too. He flew too close to the sun, and his story done right, as it is in DES... read more
"John is so calm, so poised, so much at home with himself, so much a familiar spirit of the forests, " wrote Walt Whitman of his friend, the naturalist and writer John Burroughs. "He is a child of the woods, fields, hills - native to them in a rare sense (in a sense almost a miracle)." Henry James called Burroughs "a more humorous, more available and more sociable Thoreau. James wrote that "th... read more
In The Lion's Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his children and the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I. Drawing upon a wealth of previously unavailable materials, including letters and unpublished memoirs, The Lion's Pride takes us ins... read more
Pope John Paul II led the Catholic Church during a time of great upheaval. During his pontificate (1978-2005), the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall collapsed, and great strides were made for freedom worldwide. This biography follows the arch of the pontiff's life in the context of world politics.
"Excellent, a truly enjoyable and informative read." - STEVE BUSCEMI, actor/director"Edward Renehan does a great job of shining a light into this dark episode of American history." - BILLY BRAGG"Fascinating, surprising, moving, inspiring." - ARTHUR GOLDWAG, author of THE NEW HATE: A HISTORY OF FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE POPULIST RIGHTBlacklists. Political witch-hunts. Congressional inquisitions... read more
In 1823, President James Monroe expressed his opinion to Congress that European powers should not be permitted to interfere in the affairs of the sovereign states of the Americas. However, the United States did not follow the terms of its own policy. This work is suitable for students seeking to learn about the specific details behind this policy.
In Paris, during the spring, summer, and autumn of 1782, three remarkable Americans led the representation of the United States in negotiations that brought an end to the American Revolutionary War. This work offers a curriculum-based look at the people and events behind this extraordinary achievement.
Recruited to help find his notorious war criminal uncle, Jurgen Enkert confronts his family's dark past ... and an even more sinister present. Excellent, fast-paced, and engaging.- Charles Scribner III A page-turning work of fiction that ... looks into the face of evil without blinking - and finds that it is anything but banal.- Arthur Goldwag, author of The New Hate and Cults, Conspiracies, a... read more
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I write creative non-fiction about mental health, lawsuits, making tons of money, bodyguarding, London history, biography and good ideas.
I am the co-author of UNCONTAINABLE with Kip Tindell of The Container Store, a book editor for New Word City, and a freelance journalist.