Books by David Robertson

Released: March 18, 2009

"A solid appreciation that restores Handy to his rightful place in America's music pantheon."
Poet and biographer Robertson (A Passionate Pilgrim: A Biography of Bishop James A. Pike, 2004, etc.) takes the measure of musical giant W.C. Handy, composer of such classics as "The Memphis Blues" and "Beale Street Blues." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 31, 1999

"Robertson's thoughtful chronicle restores to the record a powerful figure whose story continues to challenge America's vision of itself as a place of equality and harmony. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A fascinating historical detective story about an abortive 1822 slave insurrection in Charleston, S.C. Little survives in the historical record about Denmark Vesey, the free black who masterminded what could have been the most devastating uprising in American history. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Lively, colorful, but finally an uncomfortable mix of fact and fancy. (Illustrated with 12 b&w period photographs)"
A first novel about the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln, riveting in its depiction of time and place but less convincing in its characterizations. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Byrnes, an important figure, deserves a better biography."
This biography of South Carolina politician Byrnes offers historical insight but ultimately descends into hagiography. Read full book review >