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Meet John Bloom

John Bloom is a veteran investigative journalist, three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, long-term columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, has written for many other publications, and is the author of nine books. One of those, Evidence of Love, was made into an Emmy-award winning film.

He’s been a television personality, a film critic, a satirist, and the star of a one-man stage show. His latest book, Eccentric Orbits, was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s ten best books of 2016 and has been called “fascinating,” “a remarkable piece of story-telling,” “a monumental piece of nonfiction,” and both a “novelistic thriller” and a “cautionary tale.”


Books by John Bloom


Evidence of Love (with Jim Atkinson)

Edgar Award Winner: The “sensational” true story of two desperate housewives and the killing that shocked a Texas community.

“Superbly written” –Fort Worth Star-Telegram

[This] “carefully-researched account of the background of this middle-American tragedy should fascinate true-crime aficionados” –Kirkus Reviews



Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story

A rollicking, unforgettable tale of technological achievement, business failure, the military-industrial complex, and one of the greatest deals of all time.

One of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2016

One the Economist’s Best Books of 2016, Economics and Business

Best Book of 2016—Business Interest, Hudson Booksellers

“A spellbinding history of a massively impressive work of technology . . . A tireless researcher, Bloom delivers. . . a tour de force.” Kirkus Reviews

“[A] big, gutsy, exciting book.” The Wall Street Journal


Eccentric Orbits Past Speaking Engagements:

MIT Cambridge, MA 6/15/16

Google Talk, Kirkland, WA 6/29/16

Books Inc., Mountain View, CA 6/8/16

University Club, Washington, DC 6/24/16

Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), San Francisco, CA 9/9/16

Palm Beach Business Leadership Council, Palm Beach, FL 10/21/16

Coilcraft Inc., Cary, IL 10/26/16

Minner Distinguished Lecture, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 11/9/16

Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL, 11/15/16

Wells Fargo, Palm Beach, FL 11/17/16

Mid-Manhattan Library, New York, NY 12/21/16

The Forum, Palm Beach, FL 3/6/17

MSUA Mobility and Innovations Awards, Washington, DC 3/7/17

Aero Club, Washington, DC 3/31/17

The Army and Navy Club, Washington, DC 5/19/17

Florida State University, 9/15/17

Palm Beach Round Table, 11/15/17


"On behalf of the Army and Navy Club, I would like to thank you for presenting your book, “Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story at our club on May 19, 2017. We have received rave reviews from our members who joined us that afternoon. The event was a terrific success and will be a day to remember for all present. Your insights and knowledge provided a great evening of comradery. Your general good nature and professionalism were very much appreciated."

Col. Thomas F. Woloszyn, USA (Ret.)
Special Events Committee Chair, Army and Navy Club