James Reston, Jr.

" A treasure trove of invaluable insights from an unimpeachable source."----Frank Langella, star of Frost/Nixon

"Boldly written...Can the last millennium enlighten the next? Reston...gives us the question dipped in blood."---Atlantic Journal-Constitution

"A spellbinding story and a vivid provocative portrait of a Galileo we have not seen before. James Reston, Jr. throws important new light on Galileo's vital place in the history of world politics, science, and religion.---Michael R. Beschloss, author of The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Krushchev, 1960-63

Three additional books by the author are published by the Author's Guild and iUniverse.
  • The Innocence of Joan Little: a Southern Mystery, 1977

  • Our Father Who Art in Hell: The Life and Death of Jim Jones, 1983

  • Sherman's March and Vietnam, 1985

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My Works


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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."
--Forbes FYI

"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."
--Business Week

"Boldly written.....Can the last millennium enlighten the next? Reston...gives us the question dipped in blood."
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[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."
--Red Barber

"An uncommonly intelligent book about two fascinating, uncommon (if flawed) men."
--Chicago Tribune

Selected Works

History, Crusades
"Remarkably intimate and engagingly detailed."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Splendid and thrilling....a wonderfully told story."
--The New York Times Book Review
"It is the triumph of the book that Reston himself is able to offer a convincing imitation of a Renaissance man-stepping beyond the Arts/Science dichotomy of the 20th century to tell the story of a society where not only were science and religion regarded as the same side of the coin, but in which their union made sense....a brilliant biography."
--The Washington Post Book World
"Sifting through court poems, Norse sagas, Hungarian folk takes,....Reston constructs a colorful and dramatic story."
--The New York Times Book Review
History of Sport
A dual biography of the great, but flawed hit leader in major league baseball and the former Yale President and Baseball Commissioner who banned Rose from baseball for betting