Books by Robert Dallek

Robert Dallek was a winner of the Bancroft Prize for his book FDR and American Foreign Policy. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, published in 2003, sold 230,000 copies in hardcover in the United States and Canada and an equal number of copie


CAMELOT'S COURT by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"More than a little admiring of Arthur, but there's cleareyed criticism of his Round Table."
The author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963 (2003) returns with descriptions and assessments of the fallen president's principal advisers. Read full book review >
THE LOST PEACE by Robert Dallek
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A sage scholarly study."
A well-reasoned examination of the poor decisions made by post–World War II world leaders. Read full book review >
HARRY S. TRUMAN by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"A solid summary of Truman's life and presidency that is ultimately too cursory to provide much deep analysis or reading pleasure."
Concise biography of the 33rd Chief Executive by one of the nation's preeminent presidential historians. Read full book review >
NIXON AND KISSINGER by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"In the end, a fine, readable and often disturbing look at power and its infinitely corruptible ways."
Two men strive to be somebody, and nearly take down a nation along the way. Read full book review >
LET EVERY NATION KNOW by Robert Dallek
HISTORY
Released: April 17, 2006

"Useful for students of presidential history, and worthy of emulation: a selected Ford, anyone?"
Excerpts of selected speeches, interviews and debates delivered by the last president (but one) not to speak from note cards or in sound bites; packaged with an audio CD. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2006

"Readable and easily navigated and bookmarked—a first-rate introduction to the Kennedy presidency."
A well-made enhanced e-book that collects some 30 speeches by John F. Kennedy from January 1960 until the day before his assassination in November 1963. Read full book review >
FLAWED GIANT by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1998

"But this remains a fair, impressively researched reassessment of this most complicated of presidents. (Feature in the Atlantic Monthly; $50,000 ad/promo; Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selection; author tour)"
Presidential historian Dallek (History/Boston Univ.; Hail to the Chief, 1996) has all the dogged persistence of the scholar, but little of a master biographer's panache. Read full book review >
HAIL TO THE CHIEF by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A provocative analysis of success and failure in the nation's most difficult job. (Author tour)"
 Dallek (History/UCLA; Lone Star Rising, 1991; Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Symbolism, 1984; etc.) thoughtfully finds some common denominators of effective presidential performance. Read full book review >
LONE STAR RISING by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Johnson for the foreseeable future,'' but certainly isn't the most readable or vivid one. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
 Readers who find Robert A. Caro's LBJ too Manichaean can turn to this hefty study (first of a projected two volumes), which covers the life and career of the young politico-in-a-hurry through the 1960 election. Read full book review >