Books by Stanley Weintraub

Stanely Weintraub is a National Book Award finalist, Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, and the author of numerous histories and biographies. He is a regular book reviewer for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Weintraub expertly delineates the unraveling disaster for the entrapped, frozen, dispirited troops on the ground."
The tragic tale of how the arrogance of a general led to disastrous consequences for the American troops in North Korea in 1950. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A lively, insightful account of FDR's early years."
An account of Franklin D. Roosevelt's (1882-1945) first few years in politics. Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 2012

"A well-drawn political history of FDR's last days."
Historian Weintraub (Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941, 2011, etc.) looks at an ailing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's last campaign. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Erudite, sweeping and contemplative—classic Weintraub."
A vivid 11-day account of a World War II holiday. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2007

"A complex narrative that properly elevates Marshall to his rightful place in the American pantheon."
All-purpose historian Weintraub (11 Days in December, 2006, etc.) charts the interlocking careers of three five-star generals who were giants in war and peace. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 28, 2006

"A dark Christmas card from the middle of some frozen and very bloody ground."
One of war's most graceful chroniclers (Iron Tears, 2005, etc.) visits the troops in the winter of 1944 as the Germans planned and executed a fierce, desperate attack. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 18, 2005

"That aside, Iron Tears does a respectable job of sorting through the causes of the colonial break."
Prolific historian Weintraub (General Washington's Christmas Farewell, 2003, etc.) turns in a readable survey of the American Revolution, concentrating on political battles more than military ones. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A short, but complete look at the long adieu that moved the newly united states spiritually and politically."
Skillful and prolific pop historian Weintraub (Charlotte and Lionel, 2003, etc.) accompanies The Father of His Country for a few months at the end of 1783. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE AND LIONEL by Stanley Weintraub
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

"An unfortunate demonstration that, at least in this case, the people who lend are not nearly so interesting as those who borrow."
Popular Victorian biographer Weintraub (Edward the Caresser, 2001, etc.) returns with a languid account of a dynastic marriage between cousins in the famous banking family. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"A spicy subject, handled with scrupulous, academic attention to the facts—but with little inclination toward bringing a lively man to life. This will sit on library shelves to become an excellent reference for the next biographer who comes along."
Weintraub (Disraeli, 1993, etc.) continues his documentation of this era with a meticulous volume about the longest-serving Prince of Wales. Read full book review >
UNCROWNED KING by Stanley Weintraub
Released: June 9, 1997

"While providing a window into the private lives of 19th- century royalty, Weintraub also makes a critical historical point about the adaptation of the monarchy to the demands of a more democratic age."
A distinguished biographer of Queen Victoria demonstrates the political importance of her beloved husband. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 1995

"A fine book by a historian who has mastered his sources and interweaves his themes with a sure sense of their significance and drama. (16 pages b&w photos, 3 maps) (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Engrossing and skillful account of the Second World War's final month. Read full book review >
DISRAELI by Stanley Weintraub
Released: Oct. 7, 1993

"But the inner life eludes him—just as it seems to have eluded Disraeli. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Disraeli (1804-81) was an outsider who cultivated the art of letters as successfully as he practiced the craft of politics. Read full book review >
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO WAR by Stanley Weintraub
Released: Sept. 10, 1991

"A dazzling example of historical narrative, revealing the almost infinite variety of human responses—courage, fear, intelligence, idiocy, outrage, and sorrow—as the world trembled on the brink of war. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
Galvanic, hour-by-hour account that traces the events leading up to and following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >