Books by Lawrence Goldstone

Lawrence Goldstone holds a Ph.D. in American Constitutional Studies and is the co-author, with his wife, Nancy, of the highly-praised works of narrative history, Out of the Flames and The Friar and the Cipher. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.

UNPUNISHED MURDER by Lawrence Goldstone
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Difficult and necessary. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An account of a little-known Reconstruction-era massacre, how it came about, and its influence on U.S. history. Read full book review >
GOING DEEP by Lawrence Goldstone
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor."
A history of the attack submarine and its inventor, who "would never know that he had helped create one of the defining killing machines of two world wars." Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 2017

"For those who love history, aviation, or stories of great daring, this is pure pleasure. (timeline, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
The author's passion for his subject infuses this richly detailed history of the daredevil years in flying. Read full book review >
DRIVE! by Lawrence Goldstone
Released: May 24, 2016

"'Horse Is Doomed,' read one headline in 1895. This highly readable popular history tells why."
The creation of the American automobile. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 2014

"A powerful story that contrasts soaring hopes with the anchors of ego and courtroom."
At the dawn of powered flight, the warfare for the air was as intense, if not as sanguinary, as war in the air would one day become. Read full book review >
LEFTY by Vernona Gomez
Released: May 15, 2012

"An amiable portrait of a baseball great—like Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige—whose outsized personality looms even larger than his considerable athletic achievements."
A veteran author teams with the daughter of Vernon "Lefty" Gomez (1908-1989) for a biography of the Yankee legend. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A creditable condensation of a library of material into a dense 200-page narrative, which an annotated timeline would have helped untangle."
A furious indictment of the Supreme Court as an accessory to the anti-democratic machinations of Gilded Age elites. Read full book review >
THE ASTRONOMER by Lawrence Goldstone
Released: May 1, 2010

"Goldstone keeps his 16th-century themes—murder, religious fanaticism, espionage and court intrigue—moving at a 21st-century pace."
The "astronomer" of the title refers to Copernicus, and this novel of intrigue centers on the controversy about his heliocentric theory, especially as that controversy spills over into violent conflict between Catholics and Lutherans. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Many scrambled historical eggs conceal the Bacon. (32 b&w illustrations)"
Did Roger Bacon (c. 1214-92) compose a mysterious manuscript featuring drawings of plants that don't exist, some with naked women inside and symbols never satisfactorily explained by some very dedicated and imaginative cryptanalysts? Who knows? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Regrettably, this story of close-mindedness and redemption still resonates today."
The tale of a 16th-century genius who made the mistake of running afoul of John Calvin at the height of the Reformation in Geneva. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2001

"That inspiration aside, Warmly Inscribed doesn't amount to much."
Miscellaneous adventures in the book trade, some exciting, most not. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1999

"Rather than pulling the uninitiated into the exciting and beautiful world of book collecting, the Goldstones are writing here for the converted."
Slightly Chipped is the second volume of book collecting anecdotes by the husband-and-wife team the Goldstones (Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World, 1997). Read full book review >
OFFLINE by Lawrence Goldstone
Released: May 1, 1998

"Just don't expect as much originality as you would from Patel IV."
A scant 20 years into the future, humans square off against computers that don't mind committing the odd murder en route to their customary goal of total world domination. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 1997

"A sort of Year in Provence for book lovers: an entertaining armchair introduction to an esoteric but captivating subject."
The Goldstones (Lawrence: Rights, 1992; Nancy: Mommy and the Murder, 1995; etc.) offer a sprightly paced travelogue that records their education in literary connoisseurship. Read full book review >
RIGHTS by Lawrence Goldstone
Released: March 1, 1992

"An amusingly overplotted Bonfire of the Vanities knockoff, minus Wolfe's epic sense of despair or fun."
The untidy Rube Goldberg aftermath to the shooting of ghetto beauty Lawanda de Bourbon by rookie cop James Rodriguez, traced in satiric detail by first-novelist Goldstone. Read full book review >