Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author James B. Stewart combines the skills of an investigative reporter with the style and sensibility of a novelist, examining events in finance, law, and politics that shape American society. The San Francisco Examiner called him "the journalist every journalist would like to be," and The Daily Beast named him one of the 15 "most important writers on business and economics."
Stewart's New York Times column, “Common Sense,” appears weekly in the Business Day section. He provides skillful coverage of corporate America and Wall Street, often exploring the use and abuse of power at the highest levels of business and government. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and front-page editor, Stewart received two Gerald Loeb Awards, the George Polk Award for financial reporting, and a Pulitzer Prize with his deputy editor during his time at the paper.
As a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Stewart has written penetrating profiles of Blackstone Group's Stephen Schwarzman and Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue trader who lost billions of euros for Société Générale. His acclaimed cover story, "Eight Days: The Battle to Save the American Financial System," captured behind-the-scenes dealings that prompted unprecedented government intervention following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
The author of 11 books, Stewart’s New York Times bestseller, DisneyWar, about Michael Eisner’s reign at the company, won the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book. Heart of a Soldier was named the “Best Book about 9/11” by TIME magazine. His other bestsellers include Blood Sport and Den of Thieves, the definitive account of 1980s Wall Street insider trading scandals.
Stewart’s latest book, Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff, analyzes America’s perjury trend, which he suggests is symptomatic of an ethical breakdown compromising the country’s judicial system as well as business, government, academia and medicine.
A Harvard-educated lawyer, Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. In 2011 the New York Financial Writers Association honored Stewart with the Elliott V. Bell Award for lifetime contributions to the field of financial journalism.
- James B. Stewart discusses Tangled Webs on Charlie Rose (2011)
- Excerpts of James B. Stewart's media and lecture appearances
- James Stewart at the SAS Financial Services Executive Summit 2011 (2011)
- James B. Stewart on The Colbert Report (2011)
An unprecedented series of corporate scandals, many investigated by journalist James B. Stewart, have left Americans deeply troubled by the ethical lapses of top business leaders. What explains these ethical failures? And why does crisis also bring out highly ethical, even self-sacrificing behavior in some people, as exemplified on Sept. 11, 2001?Read More >
Mr. Stewart will take a look at the key interventions, how they did or didn’t work, and what we may learn from them. This would include proposed regulations on corporate governance and executive compensation. He also addresses how the economy has responded and where it’s headed now. An intriguing look at leadership, corporate responsibility and economic prospects.Read More >
America faces a crisis: an epidemic of perjury and false statements, occurring at the highest levels of business, politics, sports and culture. How and why has this happened? What are the consequences? What can be done? Pulitzer Prize-winning author James B. Stewart applies his investigative reporting and story-telling skills to four dramatic cases, all involving people at the top of their fields: Martha Stewart, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Barry Bonds, and perhaps the most notorious liar in financial history, Bernard Madoff. Drawing on extensive interviews with participants, many speaking for the first time, and previously-undisclosed documents and transcripts, Stewart shows how such celebrated and successful role models found themselves accused of lying – with devastating consequences not just for them but to an ever-widening circle that ultimately includes everyone who cares about the truth. James Stewart answers the many questions that remained unresolved, shows how far-reaching perjury’s corrosive influence is, and explores the age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty.Read More >
How to Read Financial Statements
They may seem like just numbers, but financial statements can reveal an amazing amount of information, from profit opportunities to fraud. By examining balance sheets, income statements, and common strategies for concealing problems, Stewart reveals his insights into the world of numbers.
Corporate Strategy: How and Why Some Companies Fail and Others Succeed
Principles of Investing
An analysis of value investing, growth investing, principles of asset allocation, risk and return.Read More >
- Tangled Webs
- Den of Thieves
- New Yorker Cover Story: Eight Days: The Battle to Save the American Financial System
- Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September 11th
- Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder
- Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries
- Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction