Books by Philip L. Fradkin

Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Although he writes less passionately—and less interestingly—here than in his environmental works, Fradkin makes a good case for the importance of Wells Fargo in the larger history of the American West."
A chronicler of west-of-the-Pecos America turns up a tale of horses, cantaloupes, and hard cash. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Fradkin's detailing of that most roguish of events is rich and dramatic, and the lesson is clear: earthquakes etch not only frantic, dreadful images on seismographs, but on our psyches as well. (map)"
Fradkin (The Seven States Of California, 1995, etc.), a Pulitzer-winning journalist, captures the awesome power and monstrous consequences of earthquakes—and in particular the crazy, wild jiggerings of the San Andreas fault—in this elegant, at times breathtaking, environmental history of the dangers of place. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 1995

"Fascinating, intimate, and readable in the extreme. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
With the light, revealing touch of a master reporter, Fradkin (Wanderings of an Environmental Journalist, 1993, etc.) takes the Golden State's measure, top to bottom. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not always as timely as when first published, perhaps, but these well-researched stories are still potent and varied enough to be both appealing and broadly informative. (Maps)"
Fifteen essays by Fradkin (Fallout, 1989, etc.), originally published in the Los Angeles Times and Audubon magazine during the 1970's. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 1989

It seems that today writers have replaced miners as the prospectors of the American West. Read full book review >
FALLOUT: An American Nuclear Tragedy by Philip L. Fradkin
Released: March 9, 1989

A meticulously researched recounting of the events sparked by the atmospheric testing of atomic weapons in the Nevada desert during the 1950's and 60's: a tale of governmental inefficiency (or worse), of human trust and duplicity and resultant suffering, of political cynicism and greed. Read full book review >