Books by Philipp Blom

Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"An absorbing and revealing portrait of profound natural disaster."
A century of severe climate aberrations witnessed sweeping cultural change. Read full book review >
FRACTURE by Philipp Blom
Released: April 14, 2015

"A book to be absorbed, marveled at and admired for the wide range of research linking events and thoughts."
Blom (A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment, 2010, etc.) undertakes a massive work explaining the changes that took place in the years between the world wars.Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A swift, readable reminder that ideas are exciting—and have consequences."
Historian Blom (Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914, 2008, etc.) returns with a flowing, limpid account of an 18th-century French salon that housed the greatest names in French philosophy. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Offers rewarding insights into a period often obscured from view by the decades of conflict that followed."
As Queen Victoria passes, Vienna-based historian Blom (To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting, 2003, etc.) finds a Modern World breaking through the crust. Read full book review >
Released: March 17, 2003

"Learned but accessible, a pleasure for all readers bitten by the bug of impractical acquisition."
Bezoars, crocodile teeth, sextants, first editions: if it can be collected, it figures in the pages of this entertaining debut, a history of passion-driven accumulation. Read full book review >