Books by Michael D’Antonio

Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Producing a biography of a living, controversial politician is always difficult. D'Antonio and Eisner have succeeded in this well-documented, damning book. Cue the outrage from Sean Hannity et al."
Award-winning, veteran journalists collaborate on a well-researched and moderately toned yet searing biography of Vice President Mike Pence (b. 1959). Read full book review >
CANCERLAND by David Scadden
Released: July 10, 2018

"Illuminating reading on the legacy of a cancer authority."
Stories of loss and hope from distinguished Harvard oncologist Scadden. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sometimes overly gushing and perhaps premature but bolstered with enough evidence."
An overview of President Barack Obama's two-term presidency: his successes, failures, and incompletions. Read full book review >
NEVER ENOUGH by Michael D’Antonio
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An evenhandedly written and aptly timed glimpse of the man behind the mogul."
A straightforward biography of the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2013

"Riveting and fascinating—sure to serve future generations well as they look back on this era."
Nearly three decades of scandal, expertly exposed. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 2009

"First-rate cultural history from a writer who touches almost all bases."
In this revisionist version of the Dodgers' exodus from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, viewed by many as a journey from Eden to Sodom, the Prime Mover emerges as less like Satan and more like Moses—visionary, flawed and ultimately justified. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Recovers for a new generation the thrill of a pioneer quest and the spirit of an age that already seems like ancient history."
A genial look at the earliest days of the space race. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Wide-ranging social history underpins a well-told, balanced account of the candy man, his business and his milieu."
Pulitzer Prize-winner D'Antonio (The State Boys' Rebellion, 2004, etc.) provides a solid biography of the man whose name lives on through his eponymous chocolate bar. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2004

"Gross injustice wrought by pseudo-science seen intimately from the inside."
A dip into the appalling archives of an American movement to institutionalize the "feeble-minded" that persisted well into the 1970s. Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 2003

"'Perhaps the fact that I chased so many dreams explains why I ultimately fell from grace.' No, McNall fell from grace—if there was any—because he was a crook who got caught. (8 pp. b&w photo insert, not seen)"
A grim tale of the glamorous life and the fraud that kept it aloft until all came tumbling down, told with an annoying measure of self-serving drivel by wheeler-dealer and ex-jailbird McNall. Read full book review >
TOUR ’72 by Michael D’Antonio
Released: May 1, 2001

"A passionate, informed guide to the bellwether season that now can be seen as a turning point for golf, on the road out of the sporting shadows to become, remarkably, a glamour game."
From Pulitzer Prize-winner D'Antonio (Tin Cup Dreams, 2000, etc.), an enjoyable memory ride through the golf calendar of 1972, when Jack Nicklaus made a stab at the Slam. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2000

" D'Antonio does a remarkable job of unfolding Toledo's golf saga with drama and humor and provides a fresh perspective on an old game"
Esteban Toledo, one of professional golf's perennial "grinders," is the subject of this superb effort by Pulitzer Prize-winning Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

Downwind might be great for hunting, says Pulitzer-winning journalist D'Antonio (Heaven On Earth, 1991, etc.), but it's definitely not the place to be if you happen to live near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. In 1942, the US government chose a sere plain in eastern Washington to locate its principal nuclear-experimentation facility. Once the feds had secured the land from its residents (a nasty enough story in its own right, as D'Antonio makes clear), the scientists at Hanford managed, in less than two years, to put together the first atomic bomb. Shrouded in secrecy and exempt from outside monitoring, Hanford went its plutonium-enriching way with the advent of the cold war. But with a soaring cancer rate, infant mortality on a mean upswing, and the appearance of deformed sheep, a small number of locals demanded an accounting. Though stonewalled by the government and menaced by strangers, they kept digging, and it's their story that D'Antonio handles in thrilling fashion: how they secured secret documents, convinced the wary to speak out, and subverted the system from within (one of the principals was an inspector at the facility), all while under the watchful eye of the military establishment. What these citizens exposed was appalling: huge pools containing highly radioactive sludge; poisoned soil; vast airborne emissions of toxic gases (``in 1959, Hanford had released more radioactive iodine during every day of operation than the Three Mile Island accident had in total'')—and many of those living downwind will end up paying the highest price. Even in the notorious company of Love Canal, Three Mile Island, and Savannah River, Hanford can lay claim to the ugliest legacy of all—and D'Antonio chronicles it with such force that his pages fairly buzz with his outrage. (Eight-page b&w photo insert- -not seen) Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

A budding Marco Polo of religiosity, D'Antonio—who mapped Christian fundamentalism in Fall from Grace (1989)—now offers a cautiously enthusiastic survey of even further reaches of faith: America's outposts of New Age belief. In the best tradition of exploring, D'Antonio goes native as he travels—for instance (as told in a prologue that also includes a capsule history of the New Age), plunging his hand into fire to test his spiritual mettle during a visit to Long Island shaman Irene Siegel. From Long Island, it's off to the ``New Age bazaar'' of Sedona, Arizona, where he suffers through a sweat-lodge ceremony (``worried that I was literally being cooked alive, I sank to the dirt floor''), and then on to L.A., where he attends ``healing'' services for AIDS sufferers—and reveals a moral righteousness that balances his Scout-like eagerness. Listening to famed healer Louise Hay claim that, as D'Antonio paraphrases it, ``the poor of the world are [karmically] responsible for their plight, as are those afflicted with AIDS,'' the author bristles: ``Anyone who has seen real suffering would find this thinking repellent. I did.'' In Philadelphia, observing the channel ``Lazaris''; in California's yoga-fueled Ananda Village; and especially in Iowa, at Maharishi International University, D'Antonio finds plenty more that disturbs him (``TM, as practiced at like the worst of religion: unreasonable, repressive, authoritarian''). But he also finds much to admire—in Vermont, where he marvels at the happy employees of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream; in Detroit, where he basks in the ``psychospirituality'' of M. Scott Peck; and, most of all, in Upstate New York, where he plays ``mystic baseball'' at the Omega Institute and is ``transported back in time, to a moment when I believed.'' Congenial, colorful, without profound insight—much like, judging from this tour, most of the New Age movement itself. Read full book review >