Books by Zachary Karabell

Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Readers of this intelligent introduction to iconic economic indices will agree that Karabell makes an excellent case."
Our leaders regularly agonize over unemployment figures, the consumer price index, gross national product and the balance of trade. These and other leading indicators are important but also overrated, writes journalist and Reuters "Edgy Optimist" columnist Karabell (Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It, 2009) in this lucid measurement of how the United States is faring. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A middling book in which many important issues are buried—harder figures and sharper analysis would have helped."
A think-tanky look at the geopolitical causes for the close financial integration of capitalist America and communist China. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 2007

"Thin compared to more closely focused works such as María Rosa Menocal's The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (2002)."
Against the clash-of-civilizations model, prolific writer Karabell (Parting the Desert, 2003, etc.) reminds readers that there was a time when monotheisms coexisted in relative peace. Read full book review >
CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR by Zachary Karabell
Released: June 21, 2004

"A dry life of a dry man, with a few intriguing glimpses into the Gilded Age."
An unmemorable president earns a fitting biography. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A notable effort, essential for the study of the civil-rights movement."
A collection of primary, hitherto unknown documents in the history of the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >
Released: May 28, 2003

"A middling effort, but likely of some interest to students of European imperial history and contemporary geopolitics."
The life of French diplomat and engineering mastermind Ferdinand de Lesseps, driving force behind one of the world's most celebrated canals. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2001

"Some compelling insights, combined with sketchy details, make for an uneasy historical mix."
An overview of six utopian dreams that have defined American society, beginning with the first European settlers and concluding with the present-day New Economy and our Internet-obsessed culture. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

"Reconnoitering a new front on the culture wars, Karabell takes some well-timed and well-aimed shots at the received notions of teaching's functions and professors' careers."
A worldly inspection of academe's ivory tower from the top floor of tenured professors and the Ivy League to the basement of adjunct teachers and community colleges. Read full book review >