Books by Evan Thomas

FIRST by Evan Thomas
Released: March 19, 2019

"An important biography of a trailblazing woman, the book illuminates its subject's strength at pinpointing a path forward in complex times."
The bestselling author delivers a new biography of Sandra Day O'Connor (b. 1930), the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Read full book review >
BEING NIXON by Evan Thomas
Released: June 16, 2015

"Even allowing for a little politicking, this is one of the better books on Nixon in the recent crop, worth reading alongside Rick Perlstein's decidedly less sympathetic Nixonland (2008) and Tim Weiner's One Man Against the World (2015)."
A sympathetic—unusually so—portrait of the disgraced president by accomplished biographer and historian Thomas (Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"An astute, thoroughly engaging portrayal."
The beatification of President Dwight Eisenhower continues in this keen character study. Read full book review >
Released: April 27, 2010

"A lively, well-rounded look at politics and personalities in late-19th-century America."
A dynamic examination of America's rush into the Spanish-American War. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A competent inquiry into a naval battle that, Thomas ably shows, deserves more study."
The paths of four different seaborne warriors—two Japanese, two Americans—collide at the now-overlooked Battle of Leyte Gulf, the "gory apex," mother of all sea battles. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2003

"Fine slice of American military and revolutionary history—good for commodores in the making, too."
Sturdy, seaworthy life of the Scottish-born hero of the American Revolution, whom John Adams characterized as "the most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A vivid, arresting work of journalistic history. (First serial to Civilization)"
Thomas (The Man to See, 1991, etc.), assistant managing editor at Newsweek, depicts a quartet of well-born spies and their role in the CIA's early days. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1991

"A skillful and lively portrait of a larger-than-life lawyer. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Engagingly, Newsweek Washington bureau-chief Thomas tells the colorful story of the controversial criminal lawyer who defended spies, mobsters, demagogues, and even industrialists from legal punishment, but who left moral judgments to the ``majestic vengeance of God.'' In many ways, Williams's career was unique. Read full book review >