Rottenberg, Dan(iel) 1942-

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ROTTENBERG, Dan(iel) 1942-

PERSONAL: Born June 10, 1942, in New York, NY; son of Herman and Lenore (Goldstein) Rottenberg; married Barbara Rubin (a music teacher), January 4, 1964; children: Lisa Yellin, Julie. Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1964. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—1618 Waverly St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Office—1530 Chestnut St., Room 330, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Agent—Ellen Levine Literary Agency, 15 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010.

CAREER: Author and journalist. Commercial Review, Portland, IN, sports editor, 1964-66, editor, 1966-68; Wall Street Journal, Chicago, IL, reporter, 1968-70; Chicago Journalism Review, Chicago, managing editor, 1970-72; Philadelphia magazine, Philadelphia, PA, executive editor, 1972-75; Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, columnist, 1977-1996; Welcomat, Philadelphia, PA, editor, 1981-1996; Seven Arts magazine, editor, 1993-1994; Philadelphia Forum, editor, 1996-1998; Family Business magazine, editor, 2000—; freelance writer, 1975—.

AWARDS, HONORS: Penney-Missouri Newspaper Award from J. C. Penney Co. and University of Missouri, 1976, for article, "Fernanda"; Clarion Award from Women in Communications, 1977, for article, "Edison's Nuclear Gamble"; Peter Lisagor Award for financial writing from Chicago Headline Club, 1982, for article "The Bank That Couldn't Say No"; Peter Lisagor Award for magazine reporting, 1984, for article "The Last Run of the Rock Island Line"; Temple University Free Speech award, 1992; American Society of Business Publication Editors, National Gold award, 2002, for article "Where Old Money Meets New," 2001, for "When Retirement Needs a Cure."


Finding Our Fathers, Random House (New York, NY), 1977.

Fight On, Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985.

Wolf, Block, Schorr, 1988.

Main Line WASP, Norton (New York, NY), 1990.

(With Marshall E. Blume and Jeremy J. Siegel) Revolution on Wall Street, Norton (New York, NY), 1993.

(Editor) Middletown Jews: The Tenuous Survival of an American Jewish Community, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1997.

The Inheritor's Handbook: A Definitive Guide for Beneficiaries, Bloomberg Press, 1999.

The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

Author of monthly film column syndicated to city magazines, 1971-83, and weekly column in Philadelphia Inquirer, 1978—. Contributing editor, Chicago, 1971-86, and Town and Country, 1976—. Contributor to Jewish Life in Philadelphia, Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1983.

SIDELIGHTS: American journalist and author Dan Rottenberg has authored eight books during a career that dates back to the mid-1960s when he began as a sports editor for the Commercial Review in Portland, Indiana. Since then, Rottenberg has worked for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Journalism Review, and Philadelphia. He has worked as a freelance journalist since 1975, contributing articles to the New York Times Magazine, Town & Country, Forbes, Civilization, TV Guide, and Rolling Stone.

Rottenberg published his first book, Finding Our Fathers, in 1977. Many of Rottenberg's books describe the world of finance and investment, including his later work, The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance. Rottenberg once described to CA his areas of expertise as "business, the law, news media, movies, the super-rich, and Judaica."

In The Man Who Made Wall Street, Rottenberg describes the life and times of Anthony J. Drexel (1826-1893), one of the men, along with J. P. Morgan, who helped build Wall Street into the world's greatest financial center. The biography is the first published about Drexel, who founded Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since Drexel was a rather private man, Rottenberg had to track down what little information exists about him, including previously unknown letters and cables in Drexel's hand. Rottenberg also interviewed a number of Drexel's surviving relatives. The work led literary critic Patrick J. Brunet to describe Rottenberg as "an especially smooth literary stylist." Calling the book "a solid, scholarly biography," Brunet went on to characterize it as "well documented, thoughtful, and analytical but not uncritical." A reviewer for Publishers Weekly similarly described the book as "rigorously researched and solidly presented."



Library Journal, September 15, 2001, p. 88.

Publishers Weekly, September 17, 2001, p. 70.


University of Pennsylvania Press Web site, (May 22, 2002), description of The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance.