Books by Tom Chaffin

Tom Chaffin is the author of Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire (H&W, 2002). His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and other publications. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 26, 2019

"A must-have in the libraries of those who love this period and/or admire these two iconic historical figures."
An examination of the strong bonds and rewarding exchanges between the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Insightful and intriguing, meriting a place toward the front of the squadron of Civil War, naval and aquatic archeology titles."
Civil War historian Chaffin (Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah, 2006, etc.) plumbs the depths surrounding the creation and ultimate fate of the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Good reading for Civil War buffs, taking the naval aspect of the conflict well beyond the usual Monitor and Merrimac fare."
A saga of secessionists on the high seas, causing mayhem wherever they wandered. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Little remains blank in this thorough life, of great interest to students of Western history."
A comprehensive, lively study of one of America's greatest—and most controversial—explorers. Read full book review >