Books by Alan Axelrod

THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR by Alan Axelrod
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2016

"Students of American history who are not familiar with the artist's work can find these paintings elsewhere but will appreciate the showcase—more, likely, than they do the sketchy narrative accounts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A broad overview of the American Revolution's causes and course, paired to select works from a renowned and prolific history painter. Read full book review >
LOST DESTINY by Alan Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Within the frame of this sad family drama, the author delivers deeply technical details of aviation and bomb-making."
A probing, technical exploration of the competition between the two eldest Kennedy brothers that probably drove Joe Jr. to volunteer for his last fatal flying mission. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A solid exposition of the struggles for the peltries of North America as they established the economy and the politics of the new country and wrote its history."
In a conversational style, Axelrod (Generals South, Generals North: The Commanders of the Civil War Reconsidered, 2011) explains how the beaver's pelt was the impetus that brought the English and French to North America and instigated their quarrels as they strove to control the New World. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2009

"A useful exhumation of an almost forgotten piece of American history and a timely meditation on the conflict between free speech and security."
The little-known story of George Creel and the Committee on Public Information, "America's first and only ministry of propaganda." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Another example of how miraculous the Union's ultimate win really was."
Prolific military historian Axelrod (Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps, 2007, etc.) takes a powerful look at one of the Civil War's more grotesque episodes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"Readers depressed after four years of ambiguity in Iraq may cheer up at this chronicle of a battle in a war in which our allies appreciated us, and the enemy fought according to the rules."
Despite the book's claim, the Marines' bloody 1918 victory did not turn the tide of World War I, but it remains an impressive achievement. Axelrod (Patton, 2006, etc.) offers a worshipful but lively account. Read full book review >
PATTON by Alan Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Like Patton at his best: polished, precise and persuasive."
George Patton revolutionizes warfare while struggling with his inner demons during times of peace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"If Barbera had been able to step up to the podium, maybe his memoir would read less like a long acceptance speech. (Author tour)"
Barbera's animated characters—Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, and the Jetsons—may have kept American kids entertained for the past 30 years, but don't expect a side- splitting memoir here. Read full book review >
SONGS OF THE WILD WEST by Alan Axelrod
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 31, 1991

"Full citations to the art; index. (Nonfiction. 4+)"
Using art from both collections, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, collaborate on a glorious combination of 45 songs with historical significance and real appeal for children (including all their many verses and simple arrangements by Dan Fox); beautifully reproduced art—wide-ranging, vibrant, and crammed with fascinating detail; and a generous amount of intelligent commentary, providing the context for both. Read full book review >