Books by Janet Wallach

Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"The dearth of diaries and personal correspondence available to the author has not prevented her from writing a thoroughly enjoyable biography."
The transporting tale of Hetty Green, who, after being rejected by her parents, learned business from her grandfather and amassed a fortune valued at $100 million in 1916. Read full book review >
SERAGLIO by Janet Wallach
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"An intriguing tale about a foreign world, written with a minimum of sentimentality and blessedly little heavy breathing."
Historical-romance debut by Wallach (Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, 1996, etc.): based on a true case, of the Sultan's harem in early 19th-century Constantinople. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"From the swarm of particulars emerges a curious soul—hard traveler, hack for Empire, cosmopolite, iconoclast, anti-suffragist—a complex, absorbing character, long overdue for study. (30 b&w photos, 4 maps, not seen)"
The life of Gertrude Bell (18681926)—bluestocking, Oxfordian, orientalist—told in mind-addling detail by Wallach (coauthor, The New Palestinians, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 14, 1992

"An informative study."
Extensive profiles of a dozen men and women who will probably play a role in any new Palestinian state, shedding light on how these leaders arrived at their divergent views on how to conduct the struggle for nationhood. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 1989

Twelve scrupulously objective (perhaps too objective) portraits of contemporary Palestinians and Israelis—by the foreign-affairs editor of the Hearst newspapers (he) and a feature writer for the Washington Post Magazine (she). Read full book review >