Books by James Tobin

THE MAN HE BECAME by James Tobin
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Medical history, physical and psychological stress, and human ambition are the prominent strands in this rich narrative carpet."
A winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award (Ernie Pyle's War, 1997) returns with an account of Franklin Roosevelt's struggles with polio and how they shaped his political career. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2003

"A meticulous account of the grinding, day-to-day advances and setbacks, but also infected with the sheer wonder of taking wing. (Photos)"
Kitty Hawk was just the beginning for the Wright brothers, explains NBCC Award-winner Tobin (Ernie Pyle's War, 1997) in his history of their first flight and ensuing efforts to make flying practical and profitable. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"A fine addition to the sparse library of engineering histories."
Eight great American engineering achievements will be the subject of a major PBS series in 2002. Traditionally, publishers commission a densely illustrated coffee-table book to accompany such a show: here, happily, is a superior example of the genre. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1997

"Tobin's account is a balanced tribute to the quintessential war correspondent: In his ability to make war come alive and at the same time show its human side, Pyle was never to be bettered by any of the generation of war correspondents that followed."
From Detroit News reporter Tobin, the definitive biography of this country's great WW II war correspondent. Read full book review >