Books by Gail Collins

Released: June 4, 2012

New York Times political columnist Collins (When Everything ChangedThe Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, 2009, etc.) zeroes in on what makes Texas so important and why the rest of the country needs to know and care about what's happening there.

Texans, writes the author, think they live in a wide-open empty space where carrying a concealed weapon is acceptable because people have to take care of themselves and the government has no business telling them what to do. In her inimitable style, the unabashed liberal examines the shenanigans of Texans from four angles: first, a hilarious look at some of Texas' past heroes and present politicos and at how the empty-space ethos has shaped the state's policies; second, a close-up examination of several areas where she says the state has gone wildly, sadly wrong (its deregulation of financial markets, attempts at reforming schools and funding, or defunding, education, and major missteps on sex education, energy, the environment, pollution and global climate change); third, a scathing report on the two-tiered, low-tax, low-service economy of the state; and finally, Collins' take on where Texas, soon to be a Hispanic-majority state, is heading. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Although more a journalist than a historian, Collins has done her homework and written a lively, opinionated portrait of early-19th-century America and the modestly talented general who briefly became president."
This splendid series of slim biographies nears completion with a satisfying life of our ninth and least important president. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2009

"A revelatory book for readers of both sexes, and sure to become required reading for any American women's-studies course."
The impressive sequel to America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (2003). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Informative and entertaining, full of vivid stories that reveal not only what women were doing but how they felt about it."
Illuminating cultural history of American women from the first colonists to the present day. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

If you think President Clinton is engulfed in rumor and innuendo, consider John Fremont. Read full book review >