Books by Edward Ball

THE INVENTOR AND THE TYCOON by Edward Ball
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A skillfully written tale of technology and wealth, celebrity and murder and the nativity of today's dominant art and entertainment medium."
National Book Award winner Ball (Writing/Yale Univ.; The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History Through DNA, 2007, etc.) returns with a complex story about railroad tycoon Leland Stanford and the murdering man who for a time was his protégé, pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Read full book review >
THE GENETIC STRAND by Edward Ball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Twists and turns that rival a well-plotted detective story, complete with a surprise ending."
A provocative meditation on the implications of scientific theories about genetic determinism. Read full book review >
PENINSULA OF LIES by Edward Ball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"Were it not for the risqué subject matter and the absence of a blue roadster, this piffle might well be a Nancy Drew called The Mystery of the Curious Plumbing. (45 b&w photos)"
National Book Award–winner Ball (Slaves in the Family, 1998) returns with a silly, salacious story of sexual identity and interracial marriage. Read full book review >
THE SWEET HELL INSIDE by Edward Ball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"An illuminating chapter in the history of African-American family life, and in the American story generally."
A welcome sequel, of sorts, to Ball's well-received Slaves in the Family (1998). Read full book review >
SLAVES IN THE FAMILY by Edward Ball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 1998

"Together, their searing, soul-searching grappling with past sins strikes deep at the heart of the country's enduring racial division. (First serial to the New Yorker)"
 A journalist's exhaustively researched, intensely personal quest confronts the legacy of slavery connecting his South Carolina family and the people they enslaved. Read full book review >