Matthew Price, writer and book critic
Selected Articles

The Long Trail: Vermont's venerable hiking challenge
Newsday, August 23, 2015

Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South
The Boston Globe, July 23, 2015

India's Second World War
The National, July 9, 2015

Stalin's Daughter
Newsday, June 4, 2015

The Tears of the Rajas
The National, April 30, 2015

Joseph Mitchell: Man in Profile
Newsday, April 28, 2015

Erik Larson's "Dead Wake"
Newsday, March 10, 2015

Lincoln Assassinated
Newsday, February 19, 2015

In These Times: Grocery List History
The Boston Globe, January 18, 2015

The Real Life Downton Abbey
Newsday, December 30, 2014

When Books Went to War
Newsday, December 4, 2014

Crime and the City
The Boston Globe, November 12, 2014

Stalin: The Paradoxes of Power
The National, November 6, 2014

Hitler's First Victims
The Boston Globe, October 25, 2014

Midnight at the Pera Palace: Istanbul Between the Wars
The National, October 9, 2014

Rebel Yell: The Life of Stonewall Jackson
Newsday, September 30, 2014

When The United States Spoke French
The Boston Globe, August 16, 2014

Hampton Sides' "In The Kingdom of the Ice": A Book of the Year, 2014
The Boston Globe, August 2, 2014

Kim Philby: A Spy Among Friends
The Boston Globe, July 26, 2014

The Zhivago Affair: A Book of the Year, 2014
Newsday, June 22, 2014

The Great War: Books for the Centenary
Newsday, June 15, 2014

Adam Tooze's "The Deluge": A Book of the Year, 2014
The National, May 29, 2014

Check-in Time at the War
Newsday, May 2, 2014

Hell Before Breakfast
The Boston Globe, April 26, 2014

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
The Boston Globe, March 15, 2014

The French Intifada
The National, March 13, 2014

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France
The Boston Globe, February 1, 2014

Scott Stossel's "My Age of Anxiety"
Newsday, December 30, 2013

The Wine Savant; Or Why You Shouldn't Settle for Two Buck Chuck
The Boston Globe, December 21, 2013

Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain
Newsday , December 8, 2013

Bertie: The Life of King Edward VII
The Boston Globe, December 7, 2013

Joe Sacco's "The Great War"
The National, November 28, 2013

1914-2014: The First World War, One Hundred Years On
The National , November 28, 2013

Falling Upwards: How We Took To the Air
Newsday, October 27, 2013

O My America! Six Women and their Second Acts in a New World
The Boston Globe, September 22, 2013

Eric Schlosser's "Command and Control": A Best Book of 2013
Newsday, September 10, 2013

Scott Anderson's "Lawrence in Arabia"
The Boston Globe, August 16, 2013

Careless People: Fitzgerald and the making of The Great Gatsby
The National, July 13, 2013

The Deserters: A Hidden History of WWII
The Boston Globe, June 29, 2013

The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys
The Boston Globe , June 4, 2013

Small Wars, Far Away Places
The National, May 9, 2103

Eric Hobsbawm's "Fractured Times"
The National, April 13, 2013

Butterfly People by William Leach
The Boston Globe, April 13, 2013

The Victory Season: Baseball's Big Year After the War
Newsday, March 28, 2013

The Man Who Was George Smiley
The National, March 23, 2013

Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
The National , February 13, 2013

Wine and Spirits: From "Ho Bryan" to the Vesper Martini
The Boston Globe, December 31, 2012

How Europe Went to War in 1914
The National, January 10, 2013

Did He or Didn't He? The Great Charles Dickens Scandal
The Boston Globe, December 8, 2012

Governing the World: The History of an Idea
The National, November 10, 2012

When America First Met China
The Boston Globe , September 22, 2012

Buried in the Sky: Disaster on K2
The National, September 22, 2012

Double Cross: The Crazy World of the D-Day Spies
The Boston Globe, July 29, 2012

Two Wheels Good: Gino Bartali, Tour de France champion who rode for the Italian Resistance
The National, July 21, 2012

Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Diary of a Victorian Lady
The Boston Globe, July 8, 2012

A Spanish Holocaust?
The National, July 7, 2012

La Roja: Soccer's Reign in Spain
The National, June 8, 2012

Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh and His Rivals
The Boston Globe, May 27, 2012

Sic Transit Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
The Boston Globe, May 6, 2012

Tony Judt's 20th Century
The National, April 26, 2012

Edward Burne-Jones: The Last Pre-Raphaelite
The Boston Globe, February 22, 2012

Europe's Vanished Kingdoms
The National , January 27 2012

An Honourable Englishman: The life of Hugh Trevor-Roper
The Boston Globe, December 25, 2011

The Price of Life is Death: Mallory on Everest
The National, December 8, 2011

Why The Nazis Fought On: Ian Kershaw's The End
The National, November 11, 2011

South with the Sun: Amundsen at the South Pole
The Boston Globe , October 23, 2011

The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
The National, July 1, 2011

Hugh Thomas and Spain's Golden Age
The National, February 4, 2011

Blood on the Tracks: The First Global Jihad
The National, July 23, 2010

Arms Across the Atlantic: Norman Stone's Cold War
The National, May 27, 2010

1688 and All That: The First Modern Revolution
The National, December 24, 2009

Bared Minimalist: The Life of Raymond Carver
Bookforum, December/January 2010

The End Was Nigh
The National, August 20, 2009

Commuter Literate: The Life of John Cheever
Bookforum, April/May 2009

Alan Wolfe on Liberalism's Future
The National, March 20, 2009

Read All About It: The Rise of William Randolph Hearst
The National, February 6, 2009

Cash Money: Niall Ferguson’s Financial History of the World
The National, November 20, 2008

Bosnia’s Haunted Past
The New York Times Book Review, October 3, 2008

It’s Just War: The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention
The National, September 12, 2008

The James Gang
The National, August 14, 2008

A Zany Inside-out Novel: Adam Thirlwell on Translation
The Boston Globe, August 3, 2008

Kingsley and Martin Amis: The Family Firm
The National, July 24, 2008

V.S. Naipaul: The World Is Not Enough
The National, May 15, 2008

Louis Ferrante: The Wiseguy Who Got Wise
Newsday, April 27, 2008

John Quincy Adams: Lousy President, Great Congressman
The Boston Globe, February 24, 2008

The American Way of Eating
Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2008

Outsider Artist: The Ecstasies of Alfred Kazin
Bookforum, February/March 2008

Pablo Picasso: The Master and His Muses
Vogue, November 2007

Ralph Ellison: A Tribe of His Own
Bookforum, April/May 2007

Clive James: The Omnivore
Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2007

A Confrontational Enthusiast: The Criticism of Lee Siegel
The New York Observer, December 24, 2006

Pittsburgh Plutocrats: The Lives of Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon
The New York Observer, October 22, 2006

The Splendors and Miseries of Slackerdom
Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2006

Marching On: How Penguin Became a British Institution
Bookforum, April/May 2006

Who the Devil Made It? Writers vs. Directors
The Boston Globe, January 29, 2006

France and America: The Very Best of Enemies
The Boston Globe, April 10, 2005

V.S. Pritchett: A Happy Man of Letters
Bookforum, February/March 2005

Graham Greene: Sinner Take All
Bookforum, October/November 2004

Terry Eagleton: The Self-Critic
The Boston Globe, December 28, 2003

Eric Hobsbawm: The Historian Who Won't Say Goodbye to All That
The Boston Globe, March 2, 2003


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