John Wareham is a leadership psychologist, lecturer, writer, and poet whose work transcends genre. His 2015 work, Exposed, presses the memoir format. His poetry anthology How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart fits neatly into the self-help genre, and his Pulitzer nominated Sonnets for Sinners examines the lives and dilemmas of sinning lovers. His previous work, a bestelling psycho-political thriller, The President's Therapist, explored the troubled psyche of the 43rd United States President, George W. Bush. Earlier works include Secrets of a Corporate Headhunter, a popular business bestseller, The Anatomy of a Great Executive, a 13-language reference classic, How to Break Out of Prison, a life-changer, and Chancey On Top, a critically acclaimed novel that explores themes of leadership, love, and enlightenment.

John draws upon vast experience, having counseled top business leaders on three continents, and, at the other end of the social spectrum, transformed the lives of prison inmates in New York's toughest prisons. His firm, Wareham Associates, specializes in corporate leadership selection and development. He is also founder and chief executive of The Eagles Foundation of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing leaders within the prison population. He divides his time between New York and Wellington, New Zealand.

Piercing insight and trenchant wit hallmark his writing. “If I’d not entered the consulting world I flatter myself that I might have been a full time novelist,” he says. “I wrote my first book to promote my firm. When it was nominated for a national award I got hooked on the process, and just kept on going. It was a treat to see my business books become bestsellers, and I also got a lot of pleasure from the reaction to How to Break Out of Prison. It was a challenge to write a cross-over self-development work for overachievers and prison inmates alike. It’s always satisfying when people say that you helped them get what they want from life.

"All in all, however, I’m proudest of my novels, The President's Therapist and Chancey On Top, both of which chronicle the psychological journeys of flawed leaders. My publisher says the only good poet is a dead poet, but the chance to inject a little poetry into the passion seemed too good to miss, and I’ve been excited by the warm reaction of literary critics to this conceit. I was happy, too, with how both books played out. The test of a novel is credibility and a denouement that satifies and surprises the reader, and critics say I reached that lofty plateau. I just have to confess that, even to me, both endings came as shockers."

Selected Works

A distinguished Manhattan-based maverick accepts an invitation to share ‘a few inspiring words’ with a visiting class from his former New Zealand high school, where sexual abuse was an open secret, and sadistic masters ran rife. How much truth should he share? With unerring wisdom and dark wit, John Wareham revisits the swirling inner life of a child with a crippling stutter, whose emotional, sexual and spiritual journeys pass through rivers of despair in New Zealand, to a flood of enlightenment in New York. ‘Brilliant and compelling ... reveals the mind, heart and soul of boyhood ... touched me deeply.’ Brian O’Dea, author, High: Confessions of An International Drug Smuggler
Literary Non Fiction
“Victims abide at both ends of a gun. Bullets fly to the heart and from the heart. Wounds that exist before the pulling of the trigger are the wellspring of crime and the font of redemption.“--John Wareham, Chairman & CEO Eagles Foundation New lives for Old. That’s the lofty mission of the Eagles Prison Program. But is that just a pipe dream? Judge for yourself as maximum security prison inmates share their journeys from innocence to criminality, arrest to bewilderment, conviction to incarceration, despair to hope, defeat to victory, vice to virtue, and lawlessness to love.
A Life Changer Disguised as a Poetry Anthology
A Life Changer for Anyone Trapped in a Love Triangle
A deadly serious, exhilarating first-person psychological thriller destined to command a unique place among the upcoming analyses of the 43rd United States Presidency.
An irreverent novel that exposes with wicked insight and aplomb the strikingly similar hypocrisies that underlie romantic love and modern business. “A literary bonbon that ranks among the finest novels ever.”
--The New York Observer
Shows how individuals from every walk of life become trapped in mental prisons, and reveals precisely how to break free and create the life you were meant to live.
Leadership Psychology
The 13-language reference classic on the psychological makeup and behavior of authentic leaders.
A wise, witty, spellbinding compendium of personality profiles that reveals who wins and who loses in the corporate world, and why.