Books by Susan Dunn

1940 by Susan Dunn
Released: June 18, 2013

"A sympathetic, entertaining portrayal of two presidential opponents and ultimate colleagues—a nice complement to Lynne Olson's more comprehensive, sweeping Those Angry Days (2013)."
A warmly characterized study of Franklin Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie as they battled for the presidency of 1940 within a yawning national chasm over the war. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2007

"A lucid, provocative work of historical inquiry, though unlikely to win any praise among the First Families of Virginia."
Virginia went from cradle of presidents to political backwater in a couple of generations—mostly for reasons of its own making, argues Dunn (Humanities/Williams College; George Washington, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"In other words, a second revolution instead of civil war. A well-made, always interesting study in the complex politics of the early Republic."
A ripping tale of political intrigue, slander, mayhem, mudslinging, and powdered wigs. Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON by James MacGregor Burns
Released: Jan. 7, 2004

"A great president, then, if with a few blemishes. Good reading for students of the office and the time."
George Washington: a so-so general, at least at the start; a capable politician, even if he didn't particularly enjoy pressing the flesh. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A thoughtful reconsideration of the never-ending, grave challenges of governance and power vouchsafed to the modern world by revolutions two centuries ago. (20 b&w illustrations, not seen.)"
Dunn (Williams Coll.; The Deaths of Louis XVI: Regicide and the French Political Imagination, not reviewed) compares the American and French revolutionary traditions and, not surprisingly in this presentist extended essay, finds the latter deficient. Read full book review >