Books by John Freely

THE HOUSE OF MEMORY by John Freely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A text that will appeal to those fond of memoirs about coming of age in the Depression and World War II."
The nonagenarian author of scores of books about travel and history returns with a memoir about his boyhood, youth, and World War II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"For specialists and students."
A history of science in the centuries before Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The first biography of Mehmet in decades finds the sultan a brilliant but elusive subject."
Turkey expert Freely (History/Univ. of the Bosphorus; Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) delivers an oblique portrait of the Ottoman ruler who considered himself another Alexander the Great. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"A chewy study of the preservation and transportation of classical Greek thought. See Jonathan Lyons' The House of Wisdom (2009) for a more accessible account of the Arab influence on Western civilization."
Freely (Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) profiles the various caliphates that fostered scholarship and scientific inquiry during Europe's Dark Ages. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2003

"Lacks critical perspective, but patient readers will be fascinated."
Physicist turned travel writer Freely (Inside the Seraglio, not reviewed) counts three decades spent tracking down a 17th-century rabbi who became one of the most curious figures in the history of Judaism. Read full book review >