Matthew Price, writer and book critic

I write about books, history, and culture. My articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe's Ideas and Books sections, The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, The New Yorker (“Briefly Noted”), The National (Abu Dhabi), The New York Observer, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Salon, The New York Sun, Vogue, and Bookforum. Learn more about me here.

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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

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10 Years After Katrina: “The -ism part ain’t ever going to be over.”
“There’s Katrina and there’s Katrina-ism,” says Kenneth Ferdinand, a trumpeter who owns…

RIP V.A. Musetto
Vincent Musetto, one of the great newspapermen, will be remembered for his…

Neat Freak vs. Clutter King
Which one are you? Marie Kondo be damned, my office is a…

Nature Cure
One of the more remarkable English-language publishing stories in recent years is…

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Matthew Price, writer and book critic


Lincoln Assassinated


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