Books by Philip McFarland

Released: July 16, 2012

"The still-relevant contrast between these two American powerhouses is well told. Both men were consumed by domestic and international problems that continue to reverberate."
What did two of the most famous Americans of the early 20th century have in common? Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Life and loves of a seminal figure in 19th-century American literature."
Portrait of the woman who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin and changed America. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

"A somber, important complement to Charles C. Calhoun's vibrant Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life (see above)."
Historian McFarland (The Brave Bostonians, 1998, etc.) paints a selective, complex, and ultimately enriching portrait of America's earliest psychological novelist in his middle years. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"A compelling narrative that reads like excellent fiction, but also a reminder of the suffering and moral dilemmas that Americans faced during the American Revolution."
Shunning caricatures of American revolutionary patriots as heroes and British loyalists as traitors or cowards, novelist McFarland (Seasons of Fear, 1983, etc.) shows in this absorbing narrative of three lives that the prerevolutionary crisis in Boston in 1774—75 had all the complexity and tragedy of a true civil war, and neither side had any monopoly on courage, virtue, or villainy. Read full book review >