Books by Alex Beam

THE FEUD by Alex Beam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A well-researched account of a literary dust-up marred by superficial writing."
A former Moscow correspondent chronicles one of the most famous literary spats of the 20th century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 2014

"A fascinating history that, while particularly appealing to those interested in religion, is sure to inform a far wider audience."
An account of the Illinois Mormon settlement Nauvoo and the events that precipitated the church's flight to Utah. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2008

"An engaging personal examination of a phenomenon that merits more scholarly attention."
Boston Globe columnist Beam (Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital, 2001, etc.) takes a witty look at the publishing program that aimed to bring high culture to the masses…or at least the aspiring middle class. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An admirable institutional history, and more so, a captivating social history, for what makes McLean distinctive, its style and sensibility, is part and parcel of what Boston, as a cultural instance, represents. (Photographs)"
A history of America's best-known insane asylum for the carriage trade. Read full book review >
THE AMERICANS ARE COMING! by Alex Beam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1991

"A mildly entertaining muddle that often relies too much on exaggeration, Mad magazine-fashion, to score its points about Russians and Americans."
Beam (Fellow Travelers, 1987) gets some rather obvious satirical mileage—but not many laughs—out of his second novel, this one about selling the American Way in a dusty corner of conquered Russia. Read full book review >