Books by Thomas Cahill

THOMAS CAHILL is the author of four previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, and Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea. He and his wife, Susan, divide their time betwee


Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"The breadth of Cahill's knowledge and his jocular style of writing make for a remarkable book."
Cahill (A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green, 2009, etc.) sets his delightfully analytic mind to the major transformations prompted by the Renaissance and Reformation. Read full book review >
A SAINT ON DEATH ROW by Thomas Cahill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2009

"Sad and revealing, but less powerful than other prison sagas like Thomas Gaddis' classic Birdman of Alcatraz or, more recently, John Carlin's Playing the Enemy."
Digressing from his previous focus on the formative years of Western civilization (The Mysteries of the Middle Ages, 2006, etc.), Cahill gives a personal account of a Texan executed in 2004 for a 1992 murder. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"Not an original scholar, Cahill serves as an irresistible guide: never dull, sometimes provocative, often luminous."
A prodigiously gifted popularizer of Western philosophical and religious thought spotlights exemplary Christians in the High Middle Ages. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"Like having a worldly, well-versed, and imaginative uncle tell you a good story, tendering the known while fearlessly filling in the gaps with seamless, colorful graftings."
In highly readable fashion, Cahill explores the Greeks' great gifts to Western civilization, along with some less benign bequests that continue to grieve us. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"A straightforward, unremarkable rehash. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
A middlebrow history of Jesus and the development of the early church, the third of seven projected volumes examining what Cahill (The Gifts of the Jews, 1998, etc.) refers to as the —Hinges of History.— Almost every life of Christ since Renan's has been revisionist as a matter of course and has usually revealed far more about its author than its subject. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Nonetheless, in an age crowded with bloated, pedantic tomes, Cahill offers a refreshingly succinct, illuminating, and readable summary of the Hebrew Bible's enduring wisdom and influence. (Author tour)"
An engrossing overview of the values and sensibilities of the Hebrew Bible, and of how decisively they have influenced our own. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A delightfully written account, full of bold insights into the Irish character and its continuity through the ages."
Scholarship, humor, and a keen understanding of human nature combine in this history of Ireland and her rarely acknowledged contribution to European culture. Read full book review >