Books by Edward Humes

EDWARD HUMES is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has contributed to Talk, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, and others. Humes’s numerous books include School of Dreams and the bestselling Mississippi Mud, Mean Justice, an

DOOR TO DOOR by Edward Humes
Released: April 12, 2016

"A revealing look at the reality and impact of our 'buy-it-now, same-day-delivery, traffic-packed world.'"
The story of the massive, complex global system that transports people and things from door to door, day and night. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A well-rounded, absorbing narrative of entrepreneurship, wine and the extraordinary man who made it all happen."
How a midrange California chardonnay captured the market and transformed the wine industry. Read full book review >
GARBOLOGY by Edward Humes
Released: April 19, 2012

"An important addition to the environmentalist bookshelf."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Humes (Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution, 2011, etc.) examines how wastefulness is built into the American way of life. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2011

"The company's commitment is yet to be tested in the long-term, but for now, Humes provides a fascinating story of the evolution of corporate responsibility for the environment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Humes (Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet, 2009, etc.) chronicles how one man's vision transformed Wal-Mart into an industry leader for sustainability. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2009

"An optimistic book filled with genuine heroes, but it also reminds us that saving the planet is a war in which the bad guys show no signs of giving up."
Enthusiastic account of a dozen Americans currently making spectacular contributions to the preservation of the environment. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"An illuminating blend of science, religion and politics."
Inherit the Wind collides with the Woodstock Generation and true believers out of Babbitt, with strange—and highly readable—results. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2006

"Careful and colorful reporting renders this seldom-told part of the Greatest Generation's story every bit as inspiring as those recounting its survival of the Depression and triumph in war."
Some 60 years after the G.I. Bill's passage, Pulitzer Prize-winner Humes (Mean Justice, 1999, etc.) takes a look at one of the most spectacularly successful pieces of legislation in US history. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1999

"An eye-popping tale of justice miscarried that will shock anyone who believes our criminal justice system still works just fine."
Grippingly written, compellingly told, Mean Justice makes other tales on the miscarriage of justice look like pleasant little fairy tales. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 1996

"Must reading for law-and-order advocates as well as for those bleeding hearts whose worst suspicions will be confirmed here. (First serial to Glamour and Los Angeles Magazine)"
A convincingly reported, profoundly disturbing discussion of the Los Angeles juvenile court's multifarious failings, providing terrifying evidence of the underbudgeted system's inability to slow the explosion of juvenile crime or to make even a reasonable stab at rehabilitating troubled young offenders. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Not surprisingly, this engrossing case of Deep South corruption and murder is being adapted for a four-part NBC-TV miniseries, with Valerie Bertinelli as the spunky avenging angel. (16 pages of b&w photographs, not seen) (Author tour)"
A hothouse atmosphere of crime and political corruption flavors this true-crime tale from Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Humes (Murder With a Badge, 1992). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"One almost wishes that Humes were a novelist, so deft is his writing, but his story here is far stronger and more compelling than most crime fiction. (Photographs—not seen.)"
With this superbly crafted chronicle of one of the most complex, enigmatic criminals in memory, Humes (Buried Secrets, 1990) takes his place as one of our finest crime writers. ``Mild Bill'' Leasure was one of the LAPD's blandest officers- -well liked but hardly noticed. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1990

Miami becomes "America's new Salem" in this finely crafted foray into the unholy union between Latin border drug-trafficking and witchcraft. Read full book review >