Books by Philip Dray

THE FAIR CHASE by Philip Dray
Released: May 1, 2018

"While steering clear of taking sides in the matter of recreational hunting, Dray provides a lively history that can be enjoyed by hunters and conservationists alike."
A revealing history of recreational hunting in America and the numerous social and political complexities involved. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"In the end, Dray's account is evenhanded—not all bosses are bad, not all activists good—but it is clear where his sympathies lie, especially in his prescriptions for a renewed international labor movement for the future."
Exemplary history of the American labor movement, from its time-shrouded beginnings to its murky present. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"A welcome addition to the literature of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and important for students of the civil-rights movement and its origins."
Impeccably written study of the brief post-Civil War period in which African-Americans were admitted to Congress—with the door subsequently closed to them for the next century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

The author of an adult study of the history of lynching addresses a younger audience in this stirring tribute to an African-American journalist who, more than any other single figure, is associated with bringing the despicable practice to an end. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"Very little that shocks or illuminates. (Illustrated throughout)"
Yes, he actually flew that kite, and his greatest invention, the lightning rod, occasioned great debates about humankind's audacious interference with God's judgments. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2002

"This is history most fundamental, the kind that forces us to ponder the very nature of humanity."
The ghastly story of lynching, by the coauthor of We Are Not Afraid: The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, Chaney, and the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"At once fascinating and horrifying: a timely study of one scientific advance that proved to be a decidedly mixed blessing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Shifting from civil-rights history (We Are Not Afraid, 1988) to an especially tragic path of 20th-century progress, Cagin and Dray offer a well-written, devastatingly detailed chronicle of the widespread use of CFCs over more than 60 years. Read full book review >