Books by Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, How Not to Get Rich, and the national bestseller Rats. He is a contributing editor to Vogue and his writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Dwell. He lives in Brooklyn


THE STORY OF MANKIND by Hendrik Willem van Loon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"Still valid in broad outline if not detail and, as ever, a grand and thought-provoking read. Those early Newbery voters knew value when they saw it. (timeline) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Further cementing its status as a living classic, the first Newbery winner (1922) returns sporting an eighth update. Read full book review >
MY AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Robert Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Tailor-made for trivia lovers and readers who don't mind the scenic route. Those looking for a more straightforward narrative are likely to be frustrated."
In a roving, digressive memoir, Vogue contributor Sullivan (The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant, 2009, etc.) traces Revolutionary War history in and around New York and New Jersey. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"If this is the Thoreau you don't know, it's also a Sullivan you don't expect."
"What if the Thoreau you think of as a refuge-seeking mystic," asks literary journalist Sullivan, "is a humorist with the eye of a social satirist?" Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"A dazzling account of America's most archetypal odyssey, with much social history slyly and wryly inserted."
Rollicking, ironic chronicle of a family car trip from Oregon to New York, interlaced with stories about previous trips, Lewis and Clark, Jack Kerouac, varieties of coffee lids, and . . . well, see the subtitle. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"Sullivan tells all, writing, in prose worthy of Joseph Mitchell, a sort of 'Up in the Old Rat Hole': skittering, scurrying, terrific natural history."
A skillful nature writer goes on rat patrol and records a year with vermin. Read full book review >
A WHALE HUNT by Robert Sullivan
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"Digging deep beneath the headlines, Sullivan unfolds a complicated, politically charged story that will engage any reader concerned with the environment and indigenous peoples."
American Indians and whales collide in this resounding work of environmental and ethnographic reportage by the author of the quirky travel book Meadowlands (1998). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"The 20th century has done its worst by the Meadowlands, but as Sullivan superbly demonstrates, there is life in the old landscape yet, a friskiness that shakes off into the clayey muck the hellspawn of progress."
Outlandish, implausibly captivating explorations of New Jersey's untamed and godawful Meadowlands from freelance journalist Sullivan. Read full book review >