Books by Benson Bobrick

THE CALIPH'S SPLENDOR by Benson Bobrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A valiant, if superficial, attempt at rendering in readable format this significant period in Muslim history."
A nonscholarly depiction of the cultured, cosmopolitan world of the early Abbasid caliphate. Read full book review >
Released: June 26, 2012

"A fascinating account of the Olympic Games and their place in history. (chronology, prologue, appendix, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
From the first Olympics in 776 B.C. to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a good portion of world history is told through the lens of sport. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Thomas, and only the final chapter is devoted to the Battle of Nashville itself, a missed opportunity to make this the first full treatment of the battle for young readers. (appendices, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
On the eve of the Civil War, two Virginians pledged their allegiances—Robert E. Lee to his state, George H. Thomas to his national government. Read full book review >
MASTER OF WAR by Benson Bobrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The author's unrestrained advocacy can be annoying, but he provides a strong portrait of an undervalued general."
Revisionist biography of the Union general who overcame long odds to win the war in the West. Read full book review >
FIGHT FOR FREEDOM by Benson Bobrick
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A must for libraries and classrooms. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
For a time period not lacking in resources, Bobrick manages to create one of the best for young readers, a volume that is attractive, informative, and accessible to history buffs and browsers alike. Read full book review >
TESTAMENT by Benson Bobrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"A fitting memorial to the farmboy turned soldier and intellectual: a must for Civil War enthusiasts."
The Civil War as seen by the author's great-grandfather, an Illinois infantryman on the Union side. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2001

"From alpha to omega, an engrossing account."
How one book changed English history. Read full book review >
ANGEL IN THE WHIRLWIND by Benson Bobrick
HISTORY
Released: July 4, 1997

"Readable, enlivened by many excerpts from the writings of participants famous and humble, this is a good primer on the revolution—but not a revolutionary one."
 A readable, comprehensive, but unsurprising history of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
KNOTTED TONGUES by Benson Bobrick
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1995

"If the book has a weakness, it's the final chapter on current understanding and treatment of stuttering: a touch lackluster compared with the lively and amusing history that precedes it."
 A surprisingly entertaining essay on stuttering, chock full of hey-listen-to-this and did-you-ever-know-that anecdotes, plus, for sufferers, an account of a therapy that worked for the author. Read full book review >
EAST OF THE SUN by Benson Bobrick
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Powerful and moving—it's difficult to imagine a book that could say much more about Siberia, or say it better. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations, maps—not seen.)"
 Well-written, vastly informative history of a largely unknown land, by Bobrick (Fearful Majesty, 1987). Read full book review >