Books by Paul Dickson

Paul Dickson is the author of more than forty books, including The Joy of Keeping Score, The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Baseball's Greatest Quotations, and Baseball: The Presidents' Game. In addition to baseball, his specialties include Americana an

LEO DUROCHER by Paul Dickson
Released: March 21, 2017

"Baseball buffs will enjoy this well-researched, smoothly written biography of a complex man, but readers lacking interest in the MLB may be inclined to dismiss the mercurial Durocher as an unpleasant individual not worth trying to understand."
Prolific author Dickson (Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed to Be, 2015, etc.) digs deep into the controversial baseball career and spicy extracurricular life of Leo Durocher (1905-1991). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A compendious, entertaining look at our nation's leaders through words and turns of phrase."
A prolific wordsmith dignifies our presidents' unique rhetoric. Read full book review >
BILL VEECK by Paul Dickson
Released: April 24, 2012

"Veeck is not as well remembered as he should be. Dickson's book is a skillful corrective."
Dickson (The Unwritten Rules of Baseball, 2009, etc.) delivers an engaging biography of Bill Veeck (1914-1986), an innovative, irascible and progressive gadfly within the staid world of baseball. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"The lesson the New Deal government took home: avoid ticking off discontented veterans, whence the GI Bill. A lively, engaging work of history."
Here a demonstrator is clubbed and tear-gassed, but there real reforms are won: thus unfolds this memorable story of a now-forgotten episode in 20th-century history. Read full book review >
SPUTNIK by Paul Dickson
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"An excellent treatment of one of the early chapters of the Cold War."
The devastating impact of a Soviet satellite on the American public in the '50s. Read full book review >