Books by David Thomson

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A profound and richly satisfying reckoning with the movies and what they mean."
Thomson (The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder, 2009, etc.) brings his encyclopedic knowledge of film and idiosyncratic, allusive style to bear on this ambitious consideration of the history of motion pictures and their effect on the audience. Read full book review >
BETTE DAVIS by David Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Indispensable additions to any American film library."
The stars shine bright in this series of brief biographies of four of classic Hollywood's most enduring icons. Read full book review >
TRY TO TELL THE STORY by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2009

"Blends the techniques of film and fiction into a strong, evocative memoir."
Literate film buff Thomson (The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood, 2004, etc.) recalls his early days. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE EQUATION by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 10, 2004

"Disappointing, except for some flashes in selected short subjects. (Photos)"
A diffuse, uneven take on the American movie experience, rather surprising from the author of the cogent appraisals of US films and filmmakers in The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2002). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Compelling, clear-eyed examination of Scott's actions and larger notions of what makes a hero."
Better known today for his books of film biography, history, and criticism (Rosebud, 1996, etc.), Thomson initially came to attention in his native Britain with this vivid 1977 analysis of the great race to the South Pole and the character of the men who led the efforts. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 8, 1999

"Not a book to please Nevada tourism officials, surely, but one that will engage anyone interested in the literature of the so-called New West."
An idiosyncratic road trip into the American outback. Read full book review >
BENEATH MULHOLLAND by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 12, 1997

"But these are exceptions to the roil of self-indulgent, free-form folderol."
A poorly essayed collection of essays and flights of fancy on film and more. Read full book review >
ROSEBUD by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 1996

"A mulligan stew of a book that is best read as a complement to, rather than as a substitute for, other books on Welles. (69 photos) (First printing of 50,000)"
Eccentric biography of an even more eccentric genius. Read full book review >
SHOWMAN by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 9, 1992

"Pretty much a spellbinder, with a pathetic third act, despite Thomson's keen analyses of Selznick's glossy films and long fade- out. (Photographs—108—not seen.)"
Brilliant, immense life of the producer of Gone With the Wind, smartly done by film-historian/novelist Thomson (Silver Light, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
VISUAL MAGIC by David Thomson
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A dandy introduction to the concept of perception. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An intriguing compilation of optical illusions: images that sort themselves out when studied or that can be read more than one way; op art; an Escher; pictures that gain a third dimension when viewed through the special glasses provided, etc. Several of these have appeared elsewhere, but it's instructive to have them together in this handy eight-inch square book—especially with Thomson's brief but lucid explanations of what is happening when the eye and mind try to decipher images that are designed to confuse them. Read full book review >