Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
One of the eight "most noteworthy" works of history, 2001-2004
---Kansas City Star
"Reading this book, one sways between horror and exhilaration. The magnitude of human suffering is mind-boggling, but the warriors' adventures are the stuff of boyhood fantasy."
"A refreshingly unbiased popular history of the Third Crusade."
--The Washington Post Book World
Galileo: A Life
"Fresh, sinewy, and altogether admirable."
----Los Angeles Times
"Reston paints a vivid yet sensitive portrait of Galileo: his effervescent friendships in the rich intellectual milieu of the Venetian Republic, the brew of excitement and egoistic paranoia that accompanied his astronomical discoveries with the telescope, the annoyances of a derelict brother and the lawsuit over his sister's dowry, the agony of the trip to Rome to face the Inquisition. It is a dramatic story, often told, but never as compellingly as this."
---Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 A.D.
"Reston weaves the poetry of the age---many of the book's most pleasurable passages---into his narrative. A vivid tale."
"Boldly written.....Can the last millennium enlighten the next? Reston...gives us the question dipped in blood."
Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti
"A collision indeed--an atomic explosion of sorts---as intelligence, grace, and arrogance (Giamatti) meets stupidity, sweat, and arrogance (Rose) with fallout that will affect the world of baseball for decades to come."
"[Reston's book] touches on some of the great themes of literature---love, waste, regret."
--George Will, New York Review of Books
"Reston is a wonderful writer, and the book is a joy to read."
"An uncommonly intelligent book about two fascinating, uncommon (if flawed) men."