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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, and was listed as one of the "Best books about Wall Street" by Yahoo Finance.
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.
Truth Matters: How Fake News and False Statements Undermine America
The campaign and election of Donald Trump have brought new attention to a longstanding issue in America: false statements – occurring at the highest levels of business, sports and culture, and now, with the emergence of fake news, the media.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James B. Stewart sounded the alarm on this issue in his book, Tangled Webs, applying his investigative reporting and story-telling skills to the dramatic cases of Martha Stewart, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Barry Bonds, and perhaps the most notorious liar in financial history, Bernard Madoff.
Now, Donald Trump has taken the issue to new and unthinkable levels. Stewart has met with and interviewed the President-elect, and he knows his tactics firsthand. Stewart’s New York Times column Common Sense was among the first to suggest that Trump paid little or no federal income tax, contrary to Trump’s assertions.
In “Tangled Webs,” Stewart explores the age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty. It is a deep look at the problem of falsehood, its consequences, and what can be done about it. It is an urgent reminder that truth matters.
Common Sense: Adventures of a Wall Street Columnist
Ethics and Leadership
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?
Corporate Governance & Transparency
Wall St. Today: Surviving the Financial Crisis and Beyond
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.
Temptation in the Workplace: The Allure of Crime and Cover-Up
Special Programs & Additional Topics: Available for half-day and full-day seminars
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.