Recent Books by David Laskin

The Long Way Home

Winner of the Washington State Book Award in 2011, The Long Way Home follows twelve men who were born in Europe, came to the United States in search of freedom and opportunity, and recrossed the Atlantic in uniform to fight in the Great War. Vivid and emotional, the book recounts how the crucible of war transformed the Ellis Island generation from immigrants into fiercely loyal American citizens.

The Children’s Blizzard

An award-winning classic of creative non-fiction, The Children’s Blizzard is the true story of an epic winter storm that hit the Upper Midwest on January 12, 1888. Laskin unfolds this blizzard of unprecedented suddenness and ferocity by focusing on half a dozen pioneer families – most of them immigrants from Germany and Scandinavia. Hailed by the Washington Post as “a vital addition to the lore of Western immigrant pioneering,” this national bestseller has sold over 100,000 copies and has been adopted in history and literature classes in high schools and colleges nationwide.

Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather

This cultural history of North American weather begins with the arrival of humans over the land bridge that connected Alaska and Siberia during the last ice age and ends with The Weather Channel. In between, Laskin covers how weather has influenced and interacted with American science, religion, war, politics, entertainment and news media. “Laskin has pulled off an amazing feat,” reports The Washington Post, “putting together a densely researched, fast-moving chronology…fascinating.”

Partisans: Marriage, Politics and Betrayal among the New York Intellectuals

The writers associated with the Partisan Review, including Mary McCarthy, Edmund Wilson, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, Diana and Lionel Trilling, and Hannah Arendt, were among the most brilliant – and contentious – intellectuals in American history. In this dazzling, sharply opinionated book, Laskin delves into the intersection between the private lives, politics and literary creations of this intense circle. Winner of the Washington State Book Award, Partisans brings to life an era when writers lived lives of passionate often self-destructive intensity.