Isabel Vincent is an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Post and the author of four books, including Gilded Lily: Lily Safra, The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows. The book is the unauthorized biography of the international philanthropist, whose fourth husband, the banker Edmond Safra, died in a mysterious fire in Monaco. Isabel spent several years researching her subject in Brazil, where the book has been banned by a local court.
She is also the author of the award-winning Bodies and Souls, which tells the story of impoverished Jewish women from the shtetls of Russia and Poland who were forced into prostitution in South America. Isabel won the National Jewish Book Award (Canada) for her work on Bodies and Souls, which has become a primer for activists fighting against sex trafficking around the world today. Her book on Swiss banks and dormant accounts in the Nazi era -- Hitler's Silent Partners -- was the recipient of the Yad Vashem Award for Holocaust History. Her first book, See No Evil, goes behind the scenes in one of Latin America's biggest kidnapping cases.
Vincent began her career in journalism as a correspondent in Rio de Janeiro, from which she covered Latin America and Africa. She once bought a house in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro's biggest shantytown, and traveled through the Amazon Rainforest with Avon ladies who peddled perfume and face cream in the world's remotest cosmetics market. She can sing "Girl from Ipanema" in Portuguese, and was the last journalist to interview bossa nova's greatest composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Her next book, Dinner With Edward, will soon be available from Algonquin Books.