Books by Phil Patton

NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"With brio and dash, Patton (Dreamland, 1998, etc.) charts the long strange trip of the little bug that became a grand cultural totem."
A peppy, perspicacious cultural history of the Volkswagen. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A fascinating meditation on delusion and desire, this is an American tale."
Thomas Pynchon meets Hunter S. Thompson (stylistically) in a novelistic account of the US government's secret air base known as "Area 51." Read full book review >
HIGHWAY by Bernd Polster
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1997

"Much here seems rather superficial."
There is something distinctive, revealing, and often quite sad about the life along America's major highways. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Fine folklore, nicely balanced between information and fun."
The origins of American cultural artifacts and how they became what they are today, told with zest by Patton (Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway, 1986). Read full book review >