Books by Joseph Wheelan

Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Current-day readers, accustomed to an era of perpetual war with no end in sight, will find this expert, nuts-and-bolts history of a famous victory thoroughly satisfying."
A new history of the significant World War II battle in the Pacific, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2015

"Wheelan has combed entire libraries to make this thoroughly readable, lucid survey. Well-practiced buffs will welcome the book, but novices can approach it without much background knowledge, too."
First-rate study of the often overlooked closing months of the Civil War, which, though the impending end was visible, saw some of the fiercest fighting of the conflict. Read full book review >
BLOODY SPRING by Joseph Wheelan
Released: May 1, 2014

"Well-researched and -argued—a text that Civil War scholars and buffs will consume with glee."
The author of Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of Philip H. Sheridan (2012) and other works about the Civil War returns with a tactic-by-tactic, blow-by-blow account of the sanguinary actions between the forces of Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee near the end of the war. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A sympathetic portrait of 'Grant's most dependable troubleshooter.'"
A former reporter and AP editor examines the career of one of the Civil War's great commanders. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A true-adventure story that also documents how prisoner abuse and recriminations spurred the federal commitment to the 'total war' that ravaged the South."
The harrowing, little-known story of the 109 Union officers who escaped from a Richmond prison in 1864—an episode that deserves a higher place in Civil War lore. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A convincing brief for reconsidering this prescient, fearless public figure."
Wheelan (Invading Mexico: America's Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846-1848, 2007, etc.) gently rehabilitates John Quincy Adams, who after one disastrous presidential term embarked on a long career as the conscience of Congress. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2007

"A useful history of a war little studied on this side of the border."
Thorough account of the cynical, opportune US war against Mexico. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

Aaron Burr's sensational 1807 treason trial makes for good history packed with scandal, courtroom fireworks, and great men behaving badly. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The stuff of good historical fiction—and a treat for military buffs."
Lively recounting of the crusade, 200 years ago, that brought the Marines to the shores of Tripoli. Read full book review >