Books by Stephan Talty

Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"A well-conceived work of military history dissecting a seemingly minor episode that still speaks volumes."
A taut study of the largest military search-and-rescue operation in history and the lessons learned. Read full book review >
Released: April 25, 2017

"Talty is an excellent storyteller, and this particular story is highly relevant as America's next set of immigrants struggles for acceptance."
A thrilling tale of the "Italian Sherlock Holmes." Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 2015

"A courageous and inspiring memoir."
A college student tells the story of how he survived an unimaginably difficult childhood and adolescence growing up in North Korea. Read full book review >
BLACK IRISH by Stephan Talty
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"This Buffalo-based novel turns out to be more notable for its area history, moody setting and occasional smart turn of phrase than for the thuggish heroine."
Talty harnesses his nonfiction skills to craft a novel that's centered on a feisty female cop in a history-rich Irish enclave in upstate New York. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2012

"A lively, rollicking good read."
The exciting, improbable adventures of a young Spanish spy who managed to become Britain's most effective tool in deceiving Hitler. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"A great read for Tibetophiles old and new."
A riveting, informed narrative about the current Dalai Lama's 14-day escape from Chinese-occupied Tibet in 1959. Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 2009

"Dark, intriguing military history."
Journalist Talty (Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign, 2007, etc.) examines how typhus became the primary killer in Napoleon's disastrous 1812 invasion of Russia. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2007

"A vivid portrait of pirate life, and even better as an analysis of why the ruthless outlaws were so peculiarly suited for success against hapless Spain."
Colorful history of the five-decade piratical assault on Spain's tottering New World empire. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2003

"An interesting, if uneven, blend of literary journalism."
Freelance journalist Talty examines encounters between white and black America that created what he labels a "mulatto culture." Read full book review >