Books by Tom Shachtman

Tom Shachtman has written books on a wide variety of historic, economic, and social subjects, such as World War II (TERRORS AND MARVELS), the 1929 Stock Market Crash (THE DAY AMERICA CRASHED), the 1960s (DECADE OF SHOCKS), a single block in New York (AROU


Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The author makes a convincing case that, without France, the United States may never have gained independence."
Financial support and the Marquis de Lafayette were only parts of France's contribution to America's success against England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A well-researched, lively entry into the current debate about the role of science in a democracy."
Shachtman (American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer, 2011, etc.) makes a strong case for the importance of science and technology in the creation of the United States. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

"A well-reported, fast-paced history lesson on the eternal conflict between ideologues and policymakers and the hubris that always accompanies success."
Chronicle of the decades-long battle between the pragmatists and the neocons for control of U.S. foreign policy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"A valuable case study of the effectiveness of NGOs when they are operated with care and confidence."
The story of communal American liberality 50 years ago and how it affected today's world, retrieved from the files of an almost forgotten nongovernmental organization. Read full book review >
RUMSPRINGA by Tom Shachtman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"Nevertheless, a riveting and instructive portrait."
Even Amish teenagers need to blow off steam. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"An unsettling narrative of 'business as usual' gone awry, and a timely warning for post-Cold War optimists."
A retired American naval intelligence officer chronicles his detention, trial, and conviction for espionage in Russia. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Remarkable view of a war that not only advanced but politicized science, perhaps forever."
A comprehensive analysis of how mobilization and management of scientists—and their research and resultant technologies—produced an array of weapons for the Allies that ranged from horrific to unbelievable. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTE ZERO AND THE CONQUEST OF COLD by Tom Shachtman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Despite Shachtman's uneven treatment, there emerges here a disarming portrait of an exquisite, ferocious, world-ending extreme."
An intriguing but ponderous history of controlled cold and the pursuit of absolute zero. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Despite the limitations of his pedestrian prose style, Shachtman conveys the drama of simple daily life in New York small business, and no one who reads this will ever walk down a city street and see it in quite the same way again. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Shachtman returns to the turf of his 1991 Skyscraper Dreams, the business world of New York City, for a study of one year in the life of an urban block. Read full book review >
I HAVE LIVED IN THE MONSTER by Robert K. Ressler
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"A disturbing catalog of facts lacking a strong context but terribly jarring just the same. (Author tour)"
More of the gory details from the former FBI profiler who coined the phrase ``serial killer.'' Among the other murderers he examines here, Ressler continues from Whoever Fights Monsters (1992) his discussion on John Wayne Gacy and includes new information on Jeffrey Dahmer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Gibbering horrors brought to heel, secrets of the serial- killer unveiled: a true-crime bonanza, though a bit more self- introspection would have iced the cake. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The FBI agent who coined the term ``serial killer'' boasts about his exploits—and for good reason. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"For a better-written, more compelling fantasy that considers the same themes, see Ruth Park's My Sister Sif (p. 675). (Fiction. 11-13)"
In the last of a trilogy, sea-lion Daniel au Fond achieves his heart's desires—gathering representatives of the 13 tribes of seagoing mammals, and finding Pacifica, where legend says his kind and humans once lived harmoniously together—only to discover that his quest has just begun. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 1991

"Overly respectful, perhaps, but captivating nevertheless."
A comprehensive history of the families who risked fortunes and occasionally lost them while working their designs on N.Y.C.'s skyline—by the author of The Phony War (1982) and The Day America Crashed (1979). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 1991

"A mildly interesting, indifferently written primer on image usagea book that's finally not much more than a hard-sell promotional brochure for Chajet's corporate decorating firm. (Sixteen-page four-color insertnot seen.)"
Here, top corporate-image man Chajet, with the largely invisible aid of Shachtman (Decade of Shocks, 1983, etc.), tells a little about his professional activities. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 1989

A mean-spirited and selective history of the star-crossed tobacco clan; from an estranged scion whose only significant claim to fame is his status as an antismoking activist. Read full book review >