Books by Ken Burns

THE VIETNAM WAR by Geoffrey C. Ward
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Accompanying the PBS series to be aired in September 2017, this is an outstanding, indispensable survey of the Vietnam War."
A sweeping, richly illustrated narrative of a conflict fast retreating in memory, one that noted documentarian Burns calls a "lamentable chapter in history." Read full book review >
THE ROOSEVELTS by Geoffrey C. Ward
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Excellent, as we have come to expect from the team of Ward and Burns—an eye-opening look at a political dynasty worthy of the name and at a state of politics far better than our own."
The very definition of "lavishly illustrated"—an oversized volume containing nearly 800 photographs documenting the lives of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and (to a much lesser extent) their wives and families. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2007

"Excellent—an introduction to the war for the uninitiated, and a scrapbook of sorts for those who remember it."
Epic, lavishly illustrated accompaniment to the PBS series, of a piece with The Civil War, Baseball and other such overstuffed packages. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 22, 1999

"Heads up for those who think the women's movement started with a bra burning in Atlantic City. (150 color and b&w photos) (Book-of-the-Month/History Book club selection)"
A look at the friendship of two extraordinary women, leaders of the first wave of feminism, which produced women's suffrage. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 1997

"A charming if terse summary of the journey; readers wanting a detailed history should look elsewhere. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Duncan's second book on the Lewis and Clark expedition (Out West, 1987) is the companion volume to the newest documentary by Burns, scheduled to air on public television stations in early November. Read full book review >
BASEBALL by Geoffrey C. Ward
Released: Sept. 18, 1994

"This companion volume to an upcoming PBS series also stands on its own as a literary achievement. (First printing of 400,000; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
A magnificent, exhaustively researched chronicle in words and pictures of our nation's pastime, and how it came to be what it is. Read full book review >