Books by Carol Berkin

Released: May 2, 2017

"Roughly 60 to 70 pages on each of the four political crises, filled with speeches, letters, editorials, polemics, debates, and legislation, may daunt some readers, but Berkin makes a reasonable case that the Founders' resolve left the U.S. a viable nation."
A historian offers a "closer look at the 1790s" designed to "remind us that nationalism and patriotism once carried more positive meanings—and give us reason to believe they can do so again." Read full book review >
THE BILL OF RIGHTS by Carol Berkin
Released: May 1, 2015

"A highly readable American history lesson that provides a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, the fears that generated it and the miracle of the amendments."
Though we often take the Bill of Rights for granted, it took a monumental fight to get it approved. Berkin (History/Baruch Coll.; Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, 2014, etc.) deftly examines its passage.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 17, 2014

"A wonderful story of a woman who managed to achieve independence and leave her mark in a world not quite ready for her."
Biography of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1875-1879), who fought against the conventions of her time in "a country that lauded self-interest and self-fulfillment for its men but confinement and sacrifice for their wives." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 2009

"Berkin once again provides a fresh perspective on women in American history."
Biography of three important women from the Civil War era. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The oft-told story of the making of the Constitution always deserves retelling, and Berkin is just right for the job."
A lucid study in constitutional history and a meditation on the decline of small-r republican values in the age of the imperial presidency. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A wonderful introduction to this fascinating subject."
A marvelously readable yet scholarly history of women's social, economic, religious, and political roles in America from the founding of the Chesapeake Bay colonies through the Revolution. Read full book review >