The Church of England in the First World War, Columbia University, 1968

Nicholas Murray Butler, Twayne Publishers, 1969

Sir Norman Angell, Twayne Publishers, 1979 

The Airman's War: World War II and the Invasion of Europe, Atheneum, 1982 

Victory in the Pacific, Atheneum, 1983

The Sea Rovers: pirates, privateers, and buccaneers, Atheneum, 1984 

War Clouds in the West: Indians & cavalrymen, 1860-1890, Atheneum, 1984


The Secret Armies: spies, counterspies, and saboteurs in World War II, Atheneum, 1985


1812: the war nobody won, Atheneum, 1985


Aztecs and Spaniards: Cortés and the conquest of Mexico, Atheneum, 1986 


The Yanks are coming: the United States in the first World War, Atheneum, 1986


Hitler, Viking Kestrel, 1987


Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars, 1690-1760, Atheneum, 1988


The War for Independence: the story of the American Revolution, Atheneum, 1988


Inca & Spaniard: Pizarro and the conquest of Peru, Atheneum, 1989 

Mao Tse-tung and his China, Viking Kestrel, 1989


The Spanish–American War, Atheneum, 1991


America and Vietnam: the elephant and the tiger, Viking, 1992 

Stalin, Russia’s Man of Steel, Puffin Books, 1993


Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars, Puffin Books, 1993


Cowboys, Indians, and Gunfighters: the story of the cattle kingdom, Atheneum, 1993


Virginia's General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War, Atheneum, 1994 

Unconditional surrender: U.S. Grant and the Civil War, Atheneum, 1994 


The Sea King: Sir Francis Drake and his times, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1995


Plains Warrior: Chief Quanah Parker and the Comanches, Atheneum Books for 

Young Readers, 1996 

Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Dutton Children's Books, 1997


Empires Lost and Won: the Spanish heritage in the Southwest, Atheneum Books for 

Young Readers, 1997


Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and his buccaneers

Dutton Children's Books, 1999 

Sitting Bull and His World, Dutton Children's Books, 2000


Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: the search for the smallpox vaccine

Dutton Children's Books, 2002


Secrets From the Rocks: dinosaur hunting with Roy Chapman Andrews, Illustrator Albert Marrin, Dutton Children's Books, 2002

George Washington, Dutton Children’s Books, 2003


Old Hickory: Andrew Jackson and the American People, Dutton Children's Books, 2004


Oh, Rats!: the story of rats and people, Illustrator C. B. Mordan, Dutton Children's Books, 2006


Saving the Buffalo, Scholastic Nonfiction, 2006


Commander and Chief: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, 2007

The Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America

Dutton Children's Books, 2008


Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl, 2009

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy, 2011

Little Monsters: The Creatures That Live on Us and in Us, 2011

Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives, 2012

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery, 2014

Thomas Paine, Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation, 2014

FDR and the American Crisis, 2015

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, 2016

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918, 2018

Comments on Some Recent Books

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II

Albert Marrin. Knopf, (256p) ISBN 978-0-553-50936-6

With masterful command of his subject and a clear, conversational style, Marrin (FDR and the American Crisis) lays bare the suffering inflicted upon Japanese Americans by the U.S. during WWII. Marrin delves into cultural, political, and economic strains leading up to Pearl Harbor, documenting extensive racist beliefs on both sides of the Pacific. Perceived as unacceptable security risks after the attack, Japanese immigrants living on the West Coast (issei) and their children (nisei), U.S. citizens by birth, were sent to desolate relocation centers. Only nisei trained by the military as linguists or who served in two segregated Army units in Europe were spared the humiliation of prisonlike confinement. Marrin admirably balances the heroism and loyalty of both groups with the hostile reception they received after the war and the legal battles of the few nisei who resisted; their convictions were only overturned in the 1980s. A prologue and final chapter questioning whether national security can justify the limiting of individual liberties, during wartime or as a response to terrorism, bookend this engrossing and hopeful account. Archival photos and artwork, extensive source notes, and reading suggestions are included. Ages 12–up.


—Publishers Weekly


Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Albert Marrin. Knopf, (208p) ISBN 978-1-101-93146-2

Marrin presents a gripping analysis of “history’s worst-ever health disaster,” the so-called Spanish Flu of 1918, which infected 500 million people worldwide (“one-third of the human race at the time”) over an 18-month period. Moving easily through relevant background, from the development of urban centers to contemporary medical practices, he identifies two primary factors: the wretched and overcrowded conditions of WWI battlegrounds, hospitals, and training camps, combined with ignorance of the cause of and best ways to contain influenza. Modern transportation methods, prioritizing war over health, a weakened civilian population, and a virulent mutation of the virus all contributed to the staggering death toll (estimated at between 50 million and 100 million). 

An engrossing chapter addresses the U.S. response, uncoordinated efforts to combat the pandemic that were often essentially “worthless.” Much of the current understanding of the contagion derives from research done since the 1930s; Marrin’s lucid presentation of it concludes with a sobering assessment of the risks of a similar pandemic, perhaps involving a mutated strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus as “the ultimate terrorist weapon.” Archival photos, notes, and reading suggestions are included. Ages 12–up. 

—Publisher’s weekly