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Author Paul ErdmanPaul Emil Erdman (May 1932-April 2007) was one of the leading business and financial writers in the United States who became known for writing novels based on monetary trends and historical facts concerning complex matters of international finance.

Erdman was born in Ontario, Canada, to American parents. He graduated from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He received his PhD from the University of Basel (in Switzerland). In 1958 he worked as a financial analyst for the European Coal and Steel Community. Between 1959 and 1961, he worked as an economist at the Stanford Research Institute at Menlo Park.

Erdman returned to Switzerland where in 1965, he founded and was the president of a Swiss bank - the Salik Bank. In 1969, the United California Bank in California bought a majority stake and renamed it the United California Bank in Basel. The bank collapsed after taking large losses speculating in the cocoa market. Erdman and other board members were accused of fraud and Erdman spent time in jail awaiting trial.

While in jail, he wrote his first novel - The Billion Dollar Sure Thing (1973). It received a 1974 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel and was published in the UK as The Billion Dollar Killing. He was released on bail and fled from Switzerland. He was subsequently convicted in absentia. His second novel, the The Silver Bears (1974) was turned into a 1978 movie of the same name, starring Michael Caine. His books were well researched and contain convincing details. Despite the underlying complexity of his novels, his lucid writing style had enabled readers to learn complex concepts such as interest rate swaps, and his novels had often been bestsellers. The information in The Swiss Account is credited with providing a basis for helping track down the assets of Jewish victims of the holocaust.

Paul Erdman Book List
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Zero Coupon
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Zero Coupon by Paul Erdman

The Swiss Account
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The Swiss Account by Paul Erdman
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Crash of '79, The | Erdman, Paul | First Edition Book Erdman, Paul | Crash of '79, The | First Edition Copy

First Edition Hardcover Book 1988 NY: Simon & Schuster First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Set-Up, The | Erdman, Paul | Signed First Edition Book Erdman, Paul | Set-Up, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book 1997 NY: St. Martin's Press     First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Swiss Account, The | Erdman, Paul | First Edition Book Erdman, Paul | Swiss Account, The | First Edition Copy

1992 NY: Doubleday  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Zero Coupon | Erdman, Paul | First Edition Book Erdman, Paul | Zero Coupon | First Edition Copy

1993 NY: Forge  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Zero Coupon | Erdman, Paul | First Edition Book Erdman, Paul | Zero Coupon | First Edition Copy

1993 NY: Forge  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket.

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Zero Coupon | Erdman, Paul | First Edition Book Erdman, Paul | Zero Coupon | First Edition Copy

1993 NY: Forge  First edition, first printing, near fine in a fine dust jacket.

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Paul Erdman Bibliography


  • The Billion Dollar Sure Thing (1973)
  • The Silver Bears (1974)
  • The Crash Of '79 (1976)
  • The Last Days Of America (1981)
  • The Panic Of '89 (1986)
  • The Palace (1987)
  • The Swiss Account (1992)
  • Zero Coupon (1993)
  • The Set-up (1997)

Paul Erdman Awards

  • 1974 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel
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