Edward Renehan

Writer at work, sort of.

Edward Renehan is an editor, ghostwriter, bookdoctor, publisher, and general publishing and communications consultant. As a ghost and bookdoctor, he has worked on dozens of books for professionals and organizations in the tech, financial, and non-profit sectors. His specialties are digital technology, banking, business, Wall Street, innovation, leadership, and biography/memoir related to these fields.

Ed’s clients include billionaire investor/philanthropist Leon Cooperman, the Publications Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Ruth Mott Foundation. Click on Ed’s LinkedIn profile for client testimonials.

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Ed is also the founder (2010) and managing director of New Street Communications a digital-native publishing initiative. New Street currently has some 85 titles available in various formats (print/ebook/audio). In recent years, however, the primary publishing activity of New Street has been focused on audiobooks. At this time the paper/eBook aspect of the the firm is effectively moth-balled with regard to new publishing. The firm remains active, however, in the licensure/publication of new audio editions.

In 2022, Ed founded illume Media, an a la carte agency offering ghostwriting, writing, editing, book-doctoring, design, and hybrid publishing expertise to clients interested in any or all of these services.

A fifth-generation New Yorker, Ed now lives (and sails) near Newport, RI. Before moving to RI in 1994 he worked for 14 years in New York publishing, doing stints at St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan, etc., with an emphasis on books concerning computer science and business computing. (His tenure included seven years as Director of Computer Publishing Programs at Macmillan/MBCI and its successor firm, Newbridge.)

Ed’s critically-acclaimed books published under his own name include Deliberate Evil: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Daniel Webster, and the 1830 Murder of a Salem Slave Trader (The Chicago Review Press, 2022),  Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons (Basic Books, 2006), The Kennedys at War (Doubleday, 2001), The Lion’s Pride (Oxford University Press, 1998), The Life of Charles Stewart Mott (University of Michigan Press, 2019), John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (Black Dome Press, 1992), and The Secret Six (Crown, 1994). He has appeared on PBS, NPR, Bloomberg, and C-Span’s BookTV, has lectured at the NYU Stern School of Business, and has written for publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The San Francisco Chronicle. With Stewart Brand and others, he is a founding/charter member of The Long Now Foundation. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum.

“Renehan’s sumptuous prose and his dazzling research and style provide a window into Gould’s ambitions … ”
“Truth to tell, it’s the shenanigans that make this book worth reading — the intricate battles over the great stocks of the day, with the various robber barons trying to outbribe, outfox and outswindle each other. Renehan’s engaging descriptions of Gould’s exploits make the reader realize how much the markets have cleaned up in our age — and, alas, how much less fun they are to write (or read) about now.”

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