Books

“As readable as a novel.”
—The Economist

“Two of the most significant writers of their generation, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway, are described by Morris in his evocative, lively volume about how differently they emerged from the crucible of WWI…Morris’s narrative demonstrates how, despite jealousies and differences, the two men found common ground…Dos Passos will be the less recognizable name to most readers, and Morris does a great service by reinserting him into the picture of post-WWI American writers.”
Publishers Weekly
“Morris has written a fast-paced, engrossing biography, weaving the details of Payne’s personal and infinitely intriguing professional life against the backdrop of 20th-century race relations, the civil rights movement and Cold War anticolonialism. . . Morris’s fine biography shows that through Ethel Payne’s life, the black press helped change America and the world.”
New York Times Book Review

“A riveting biography of a groundbreaking African American journalist . . . In James McGrath Morris’s compelling biography Eye on the Struggle, this ‘first lady of the black press’ finally gets her due.”
O Magazine
“Well-researched. . . . Reads like a novel. . . . Morris paints a vivid picture, portraying his subject as an ambitious, hotheaded, at times violent, often charitable man; a perfectionist, shrewd in matters of business yet cold in matters of the heart.
The New York Times Book Review

“An excellent book. . . . There have been other biographies of Pulitzer, most notably W.A. Swanberg’s published in 1967, but James McGrath Morris’s is the best. It is authoritative, lucid and fair to its complicated subject.”
Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Chapin was quite a characrter, and Mr. Morris describes him with verve and an eye for colorful detail (not to mention occasional breathlessness) that match the riproaring tabloid era he lived in.”
The New York Times

“Morris’s impressive achievement will enthrall readers.”
Publishers Weekly

“James McGrath Morris’s well-researched narrative has the pace and detail of an engrossing historical novel.”
Boston Herald
“An impressively researched history of a vital, neglected aspect of prison culture.”
Punishment & Society

“Belongs in the permanent collection of anyone interested in prisons or journalism.”
The Angolite
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