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Edward Renehan is a consultant who has ghosted 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.

More than one Wall Street (and/or entrepreneurial) legend has trusted Ed with his (not hers as of yet, sorry) story.

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 the primary publishing agenda of New Street has been narrowed to focus on audiobooks. 

In 2022, Ed founded the New Street division illume Media, a boutique a la cart publishing agency offering ghostwriting, writing, editing, book-doctoring, design, audiobook creation, eBook creation, and hybrid- and self-publishing guidance 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 the MBCI Division of Macmillan Publishing, and its successor firm, Newbridge.)

Check Ed's LinkedIn profile for past client comments and reviews.

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)


Ed has appeared on PBS, NPR, and C-Span’s BookTV, 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.

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