Books by Joe Jackson

A five time Pulitzer Prize nominee, Joe Jackson is author of the 2002 Edgar Award Nominated LEAVENWORTH TRAIN (Carroll & Graf, 2002), co-author of DEAD RUN: AMERICA’S ONLY MASS ESCAPE FROM DEATH ROW AND THE RETRIBUTION THAT FOLLOWED (Random House/

BLACK ELK by Joe Jackson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Of much literary and historical merit and a fine addition to the shelves of anyone interested in this part of America's unhappy past."
Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay "one of the twentieth century's most important documents on Native American culture." Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2012

"With stirring detail and perceptive insight about the pilots and the public, Jackson recaptures the tone and tenor of a frantic era's national obsession."
A talented storyteller re-creates the signature moment of aviation's golden age. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"Scientific history fluently recounted—just the thing for would-be alchemists."
Cracking the mysteries of the universe can get a person in trouble. Witness Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, the twin subjects of this lively study. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2004

"Ambitious, unpretentious, yet not memorable. There's just too much here, and Jackson's only-serviceable prose isn't up to the epic scale of the work."
A young woman flees the rural South in a kind of literary Guernica for American life in the '60s. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2003

"Good stuff for those who like their disaster-at-sea tales flavored with ideas."
Avast and arggh: another in a recent string of stories of things gone awry at sea—though with a smart spin that makes it better than most of the lot. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 22, 2001

"With an occasional lapse into a breast-beating aside, Jackson ably depicts a culture bent on fencing in men as well as rangeland."
An exciting, fast-paced account of crime and punishment at the close of the American frontier. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"And even those who've only thought about it as a passing fancy will find much delight in this touching musical journey. (Author tour)"
One of New Wave's original "angry young men," Joe Jackson highlights his journey from Portsmouth, England to the Royal Academy of Music to pop star in this lively musical memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Even jaded readers, attentions captured by the pyrotechnical escape plot, will recognize the likely injustice in Stockton's state-sanctioned fate."
Virginian-Pilot editor Burke and writer Jackson produce a dark epic chronicling the only multiple escape from death row, and the redemption of a man condemned for a killing likely not his own doing, in that rare volume that is at once a taut, gripping true-crime ride and a disturbing indictment of the nether regions of criminal justice. Read full book review >