Books by Earl Shorris

THE ART OF FREEDOM by Earl Shorris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"To ask and answer the question "What would Socrates do?" may not cure the pathologies of poverty, but Shorris insists it's a necessary exercise for the poor to begin to free themselves."
A prolific author and founder of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free program designed to teach reflective thinking to the disadvantaged, tells stories about the students and teachers touched by the experience. Read full book review >
THE POLITICS OF HEAVEN by Earl Shorris
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Well-read ramblings of a bitter man."
Curmudgeonly view of how America got to where it is today. Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MEXICO by Earl Shorris
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 16, 2004

"As useful in its time as Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors was 20 years ago."
A superb portrait of Mexico, a nation still in the process of being built—perhaps, hopes Shorris (In the Yucatán, 2000, etc.), by "inserting freedom and fairness into its past in order to change its future." Read full book review >
IN THE YUCATAN by Earl Shorris
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 2000

" A doggedly earnest parable salted with the legendary cadences of the Maya."
A short but grueling novel in which an insurgent union leader jailed for organizing watches his Mexican-American lawyer starve himself.. Read full book review >
NEW AMERICAN BLUES by Earl Shorris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

 Sociologist Shorris (Latinos, 1992, etc.) uses anecdotal evidence to humanize this overview of poverty in America while presenting his own very personal point of view on how to remedy it. Read full book review >
A NATION OF SALESMEN by Earl Shorris
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"In this case, it seems, he's a better salesman than author. (First serial to Harper's)"
 A turgid, self-indulgent treatment of a rich topic: how ``selling has achieved dominion over the world in our time.'' Shorris (Latinos, 1992) long combined life as a writer with a top position at the N.W. Ayer advertising agency. ``I needed the job,'' he confesses. Read full book review >
LATINOS by Earl Shorris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Wide-ranging, groundbreaking, opinionated, and very important."
 Personal, impassioned overview of the fastest growing minority in the US. Read full book review >