Books by Ronald Wright

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An entertaining, highly tendentious account of where we've been and where we're headed."
A Canadian author examines America's historical sins. Read full book review >
A SHORT HISTORY OF PROGRESS by Ronald Wright
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2005

"Illuminating and disturbing, and expansively documented."
A provocative assembling of evidence from history, archaeology and anthropology that what we call civilization may carry the seeds of its own destruction. Read full book review >
HENDERSON’S SPEAR by Ronald Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2002

"Despite quite a few plots unfolding at the same time, the author manages to keep all his balls in the air at once and never lets the pace lag. Well done indeed."
A grand family saga, played out over several centuries, continents, and oceans, from novelist and nature writer Wright (A Scientific Romance, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE by Ronald Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 1998

An era-hopping first novel takes a lovelorn London curator on an escape to the future via an H.G. Wellian time machine—only to find humankind not at home. Canadian Wright (Stolen Continents, 1992, etc.), born in England, builds on his award-winning nonfiction and travel writing in this fast-forward fantasy. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Clear and concise history detailing the experiences of Native Americans on both continents from 1492 to 1990, from travel-writer and Mayan specialist Wright (Time Among The Maya, 1989; On Fiji Islands, 1986, etc.). Rather than attempt a comprehensive rendering of the centuries of genocide practiced by those who came in the wake of Columbus, Wright sensibly opts to present a few of the ``highlights.'' The savagery practiced against five major cultures—the Maya, Inca, Aztec, Cherokee, and Iroquois—and their responses appear in three stages, encompassing five hundred years: the initial periods of contact in each case; the hard and bloody struggles of these peoples once the battle was joined; and the modern phase, in which resistance continues along with the resolve to endure. Read full book review >


Wright (Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey in the Two Worlds of Peru; On Fiji Islands) is a journalist, travel-writer, and—significantly—a Maya scholar. Read full book review >