Gerald Posner

• Investigative journalist & 'NY Times' Bestselling author of many books including, Case Closed, Why America Slept & God's Bankers

“Explosively, even addictively, readable . . . Fraud, incompetence, conspiracy, avarice: it’s all here.”



Gerald Posner was one of the youngest attorneys (23) ever hired by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. A Political Science major, Posner was a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1975), where he was also a national debating champion, winner of the Meiklejohn Award. At Hastings Law School (1978), he was an Honors Graduate and served as the Associate Executive Editor for the Law Review. Of Counsel to Posner & Ferrara, the New York law firm he cofounded, he is a member of the NY and DC bars as well as the International Criminal Court. He is a New York Times best selling author of many books, including Case Closed, Why America Slept, God's Bankers and Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America (2020).

In the past, he was a regular panelist on HistoryCENTER, the History Channel’s Sunday current events program. He has been a freelance writer for many news magazines, and a regular contributor to NBC, the History Channel, CNN, FOX News, CBS, and MSNBC. In 2009 he was the Chief Investigative Reporter for The Daily Beast. A former member of the National Advisory Board of the National Writers Union, Posner is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN, The Committee to Protect Journalists, and Phi Beta Kappa. He is a regular lecturer about investigative journalism. His wife, author Trisha Posner, works with him on all his projects.

Speech topics

The Vatican Bank and the Third Reich: The Money Connection of the Catholic Church and the Holocaust

The Future of Investigative Journalism in a Twitter World


Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Gerald Posner traces the heroes and villains of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry.

"I could not put down Gerald Posner’s Pharma, the definitive story of how one family, the Sacklers, set out to get exquisitely rich on the back of unsuspecting Americans—then blamed the so-called 'abusers' instead of their own highly addictive drug. Posner has unearthed important new material that illuminates our national tragedy, crafting a meticulously reported page-turner that is as juicy as it is clear-eyed."


God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

A deeply reported, fast-paced exposé of the money and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican—the world’s biggest, most powerful religious institution—from an acclaimed journalist with “exhaustive research techniques” (The New York Times).

Miami Babylon: Crime, Wealth, and Power--A Dispatch from the Beach

Here, in all its neon-colored, cocaine-fueled glory, is the never-before-told story of the making of Miami Beach.

Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Saudi-U.S. Connection

The result of an intensive two-year investigation, Secrets of the Kingdom penetrates the innermost layers of the shielded House of Saud and presents indisputable evidence of complicity and deceit at the highest levels.

Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11

Since 9/11, one important question has persisted: What was really going on behind the scenes with intelligence services and government leaders during the time preceding that terrible day?

Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the three decades since April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot to death in Memphis, scores of books and articles have questioned whether James Earl Ray, King's killer, acted alone or was part of a larger conspiracy.

Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power

Set against the civil rights movement, the decay of America’s northern industrial cities, and the social upheaval of the 1960s, Motown is a tale of the incredible entrepreneurship of Berry Gordy.

Citizen Perot: His Life & Times

Citizen Perot is an absorbing examination of a man who has become an American icon.

Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK

Case Closed remains the classic account against which all books about JFK’s death must be measured.

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