About John J. Geoghegan
Writing isn't just a business for me, it's my passion. And one of my greatest passions is reporting on unusual inventions that fail in the marketplace despite their innovative nature. I call these inventions White Elephant Technology (WETech for short), and my articles on the topic have appeared in the New York Times Science Section, WIRED, Popular Science, Smithsonian Air & Space, American History, Aviation History, and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine among other publications. Click here to see some examples.
I am also author of the memoir, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption, (New Haven Publishing Ltd., 2018). Hear Today recounts what happens when a seemingly successful husband, father, and business exec suffers a hearing loss so severe it renders him deaf overnight. To learn more about Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow click here.
Additionally, I authored the nonfiction book, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of WWII (Crown, 2013). Operation Storm tells the true but little known story of Yamamoto's fleet of underwater aircraft carriers purpose-built to launch a surprise attack against New York City and Washington, DC as a follow up to Pearl Harbor. The Wall Street Journal called Operation Storm, “a fascinating, meticulously researched, and deft account.” Operation Storm has been published in hardcover and paperback, and translated into Dutch, Japanese and Mandarin. To see what the critics said about Operation Storm click here. To learn more about Operation Storm click here.
My follow-up to Operation Storm--When Giants Ruled the Sky: The Brief Reign and Tragic Demise of the American Airship, is under contract to The History Press for publication in 2020. For more information, or to pre-order a copy click here.
Finally, I helped shepherd into production, co-wrote, and served as technical consultant on Japanese SuperSub (2010), an hour-long documentary produced by PBS Television, National Geographic International and Britain’s Channel 5. The New York Times called Japanese SuperSub, a “consistently interesting program serving up fascinating history.” To learn more about Japanese SuperSub click here.
I began my writing career working for the Doubleday Publishing Group after which I joined Connecticut magazine’s editorial department where I wrote about the state's defense and aerospace industries. I've also served as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times and Editor of the Connecticut Business Journal. I currently serve as Director of The SILOE Research Institute’s Archival Division in Marin County, California where I conduct research on and write about WETech inventions.