Books by Ronald Kessler

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen non-fiction books. He began his career as a journalist in 1964 on the Worcester Telegram, followed by three years as an investigative reporter and editorial writer with the Boston


LAURA BUSH by Ronald Kessler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2006

"Why sully or smash icons when it's so fun to make new ones out of Silly Putty?"
The Bushes are wonderful; the Clintons are not. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Although Kessler tries to be nonjudgmental, the weight of accumulated anecdote paints a picture of narcissism and decadence that is both pitiable and unsettling. (16 pages photos)"
Money matters in this high-society resort, according to bestselling author Kessler; so do pedigree, the right wardrobe, the right restaurant—and bigotry and misogyny. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"With substance calculated to irritate frustrated taxpayers as much as to entertain, Kessler's tabloid style is effective in enticing the reader to keep turning the pages."
A mixture of juicy but hard-to-verify gossip and anecdotes about presidents from Secret Service agents (sworn never to reveal secrets), White House housekeepers, butlers, maids, and cooks, as well as media figures and politicians. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A revealing glimpse of an American institution in transition. (Photographs)"
The publisher is trumpeting how Kessler's revelations here of William Sessions's abuses of office led to the former FBI director's dismissal—but those revelations form only one small part of Kessler's comprehensive, largely approving examination of how today's FBI emerged from the shadow of J. Edgar Hoover. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Lack of historical perspective and of a serious overarching view of the international intelligence community doom this cheery bureaucratic tale to mediocrity. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Authorized history of the CIA, by Kessler (Escape from the CIA, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 1991

"A fascinating and painstakingly documented footnote to the history of cold-war espionage. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
The intriguing tale of Vitaly Yurchenko, a KGB colonel who returned to the Soviet Union barely three months after having defected to the US, giving his on-again, off-again masters a considerable propaganda victory. Read full book review >