Books by A. Roger Ekirch

Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The Robbins controversy featured arguments about alien rights, asylum, national identity, and the meaning and scope of American citizenship, all of which persist and all of which Ekirch handles with remarkable dexterity."
A historian revisits a little-remembered incident, the murderous 1797 mutiny aboard HMS Hermione, and traces its startling ramifications. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 25, 2010

"An engrossing familial and legal tale told with dash and clarity."
A contested inheritance, kidnapping, murder, revenge, a sensational courtroom trial—this true-life narrative by Ekirch (History/Virginia Tech; At Day's Close: Night in Times Past, 2005) sounds like an old-fashioned adventure tale. In fact, it "inspired at least five novels," including Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. Read full book review >
AT DAY’S CLOSE by A. Roger Ekirch
Released: June 1, 2005

"A fascinating tale but, unfortunately, often in need of more graceful telling. (60 b&w illustrations, 8 pp. color illustrations, not seen)"
Before the Industrial Revolution, the daily departure of the sun had effects on people far different from those we experience in our own brightly illuminated age. Why? A first-time author explains. Read full book review >