Books by Russell Shorto

REVOLUTION SONG by Russell Shorto
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An intimate look at life in tumultuous times."
Americans' struggle for freedom and independence affected a wide range of individuals. Read full book review >
AMSTERDAM by Russell Shorto
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Vigorous, erudite and eminently readable."
The dynamic historical account of a vibrantly complex European city and the legacy of social, political and economic liberalism it bequeathed to the Western world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Learning lightly worn but hard won; would that all philosophical history were so accessible."
An oddly enjoyable excursus into Enlightenment history, courtesy of René Descartes's dismembered cadaver and pop-science/history writer Shorto (The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2004

"A bright social history of New Amsterdam that gives the Dutch their due as the first facilitators of its fabled diversity."
The all-but-forgotten origins of Manhattan, told with humor and an acute eye for primary sources. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Psychiatry and psychology are disciplines that ostensibly study the soul ("psyche"), yet this emphasis was almost entirely absent from the time William James first took a psychiatrist's lens to the varieties of religious experience until M. Scott Peck came to dominate the bestseller lists with psychospiritual advice in the 1980s. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Shorto's rather breathless approach offers a simplified, and thus inadequate, portrait of the nature and history of the movement he is trying to legitimize."
An enthusiastic but overly sensationalized synthesis of ``historical Jesus'' scholarship. Read full book review >
CAREERS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS by Russell Shorto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"Glossary-index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Another in the ``Choices'' career series, presenting 14 animal-related jobs for men and women: zookeeper, pet-show operator, game warden, illustrator, dairy farmer, etc. While the many photos are appealing and the firsthand accounts may spark interest, the information here is scanty, and the ``Further Reading'' is dated. Read full book review >
CAREERS FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO PERFORM by Russell Shorto
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"The glossary-index is of little use. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In the ``Choices'' career series, brief interviews with 14 performers—e.g., a juggler, comedian, actor, dancer, and model. Read full book review >