Books by Paul William Roberts

Paul William Roberts is the author of Journey of the Magi: In Search of the Birth of Jesus; The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein; and Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India. He lives in Toronto where he writes for Harper’s


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2005

"Overwrought detective fiction style, lapsing occasionally into parody, doesn't obscure a gripping tale."
Fascinating account of an American recruited as an undercover agent by—of all things—the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to expose and bring down an international crime complex. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A light book with heavy undertones."
How can reading about something so horrible be this enjoyable? Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 1996

"In presenting his personal India, Roberts is an artful skeptic, a relativist with a sense of humor, and a crackerjack storyteller."
Roberts (In Search of the Birth of Jesus, 1995, etc.) cobbles together an absorbing pastiche of his India forays over a span of 20 years. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 5, 1995

"Frequently hilarious, Roberts, as he himself admits, is presenting a history that fits his own needs."
Vivid travelogue combines with a polemic that Christianity was originally a Gnostic offshoot of Zoroastrianism in this intriguing, but highly partisan, attempt to discover the significance of the mysterious Wise Men. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1993

"Informative and entertaining: Roberts is the sort of witty, knowledgeable, stimulating guide every armchair traveler hankers for but seldom finds."
Fine, quirky account of Roberts's recent travels through Egypt's teeming modern cities, Pharaonic monuments, ancient monasteries, and Edenic oases. Read full book review >