Books by Matthew Parker

WILLOUGHBYLAND by Matthew Parker
HISTORY
Released: April 11, 2017

"An engaging pursuit through history and geography, terminating in the human heart of darkness."
A varied, often fascinating search for the history and remains of England's 17th-century South American colony in what is now Suriname. Read full book review >
GOLDENEYE by Matthew Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2015

"A well-written look at Fleming's life, though the book is even better as an indictment of the anachronistic colonialism of the 1950s and the end of the British Empire."
Parker (The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies, 2011, etc.) considers Ian Fleming's escape to Jamaica, where he created James Bond and did his best to avoid the high-society life that followed him there.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Parker follows a professor's advice to 'write it the same way you would tell it'—but his approach to the narrative, hopscotching from here to there and back again, isn't nearly as powerful as the story he has to tell."
There's an inspirational life story within this graphic memoir of a frequently incarcerated junkie who belatedly earned an MFA from Columbia University's prestigious creative writing program, but the framing and pacing of the narrative fall short of the material's potential. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Parker achieves admirable clarity and focus in this sprawling, ugly, complicated story of the sugar revolution."
A rich, multifaceted account of the greed and slavery bolstering the rise of England's mercantile empire. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: March 18, 2008

A history of the grand-scale madness attendant to—the lunar landing and the Manhattan Project notwithstanding—the 20th-century's greatest engineering feat. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2004

"An accomplished study of a battle that figures in all the standard WWII textbooks but is rarely given much more than a mention."
A careful reconstruction of the Allied campaign, throughout the winter of 1943-44, to break the Nazi hold on southern Italy. Read full book review >