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Bancroft Press hardcover, 2022

Bancroft paperback, 2023

Kindle ebook, 2022

Audiobook, 2022


Selected reviews:  Kirkus, Clarion Reviews, Booklife/Publishers Weekly


HEARING HOMER'S SONG: The Brief Life and Big Idea of Milman Parry

Knopf hardcover, 2021

Random House ebook, 2021

Random House Audio, 2021


Selected reviews: London Review of Books, New Yorker, New York Times, New Republic, Kirkus, Library Journal, Booklist [starred], Publishers Weekly [starred], American Scholar, Wall Street Journal, Classics for All, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Classical Review, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Journal of Folklore Research, The Hudson Review, Folklorica, University Bookman


EYES ON THE STREET: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Knopf hardcover, 2016
Random House Digital ebook, 2016
Random House Audio edition, 2016
Vintage paperback, 2017
Russian edition, Delo, 2018
Taiwanese edition, Linking Press, 2018

Andrew Carnegie Medal in Nonfiction, longlisted, 2017
10 Best Books of 2016, Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

Other 2016 year-end compilations:


  Booklist, Top 10 Arts Books

  Eartheasy, 8 Books for a Sustainable Mind

  World Architecture, Top 10 Architecture Books of 2016

  The Australian, Books of the Year

  Passerbuy, Best Books of 2016

  Times Higher Education, Books of the Year 2016

  Englewood Review of Books, Best Books of 2016

  America Magazine, Ten Best Reviewed Books of 2016

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program, 2012

Selected reviews: Publishers Weekly [starred], Kirkus [starred], Booklist [starred], Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, American Scholar, AIA Architect, Atlantic/City Lab, Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wall Street Journal, New York Journal of Books, New York Times, The New Yorker, Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio/Fresh Air, Nature, The Gothamist, San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Review of Canada, Washington Post, National Book Review, Toronto Globe and Mail, Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review, New York Times Book Review, City Journal, America: National Catholic Review.


Knopf hardcover, 2012
Random House Digital ebook, 2012
Vintage paperback [subtitled The Lost World of the Great Blasket], 2013

Michael J. Durkan Prize, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2012
Nonfiction Must-Reads, Riffle World Lit list, 2012
Ten Must-Reads in New Nonfiction, Kirkus, 2012
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008

Selected reviews: Washington Post, Kirkus [starred], Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Booklist, Salon, Irish America, Irish Edition, Irish Central, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe.

FAUX REAL: Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes

Joseph Henry Press hardcover, 2007
University of Pennsylvania Press paperback, 2010
University of Pennsylvania Press ebook, 2011
Chinese edition, ZheJiang University Press, forthcoming

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program, 2005
Scientific American Book Club selection, 2007

Selected reviews: Design and Culture, Publishers Weekly online, Technology and Culture, Library Journal, Chemical Heritage, World Leather (U.K.), Technology Review

HIGH SEASON: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travelers for Two Thousand Years

Viking hardcover, 2002
U.K. hardcover [High Season in Nice] Little, Brown, 2002
U.K. paperback, Abacus, 2003
U.K. ebook, Hachette Digital, 2013

Newsweek, Best Beach Reads, 2002
Chicago Tribune, Summer Choice, 2002

Selected reviews: New York Times Book Review, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Sunday Telegraph (U.K), Sunday Times (U.K.), Daily Mail (U.K.), Spectator (U.K.), Time (U.K. edition), Irish Times (Ireland)


THE ONE BEST WAY: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency

Viking hardcover, 1997
U.K. hardcover, Little, Brown 1997
Penguin paperback, 1999
U.K. paperback, Abacus, 2000
MIT Press paperback, 2005

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Technology Book Series, 1997
Business Week, Best Business Books of 1997
Library Journal, Best Business Books, 1997
Amazon.com, Top 10 Biographies of 1997
New York Times Book Review, Notable Books of the Year, 1997
Global Business Book Awards (Financial Times/Booz-Allen & Hamilton), finalist, biography, 1998
Basis for PBS special Stopwatch, Kikim Media & Quest Productions, first aired 7 November 1999

Selected reviews: New York Times Book Review [front page], New York Times [daily], New Leader, Civilization, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Journal of Economic History, The American Enterprise, Commentary, New York Review of Books, Nature, Reason, New Republic, Times Higher Education Supplement [U.K.], New Scientist [U.K.], Journal of American History, Technology and Culture, Labor History, Isis, Science

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

Scribner's hardcover, 1991
U.K. hardcover, Scribner's, 1991
Washington Square Press paperback, 1992
U.K. paperback, Abacus, 1992
Indian (English-language) edition, Rupa, 1992
German edition, Vieweg Verlag, 1993
Cassette book, National Library for the Blind, 1993
Japanese edition, Kousakusha, 1994
Korean edition, Science Books, 2000
Chinese editions, Shanghai Scientific, 2002, 2008
Italian edition, Rizzoli, 2003
Thai edition, Matichon, 2007
Audio edition, Blackstone Audio, 2007
Greek edition, Travlos, 2008
Simon & Schuster Digital ebook, 2013
Indian-language editions published by Ramanujan Mathematical Trust, in Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, and Gujarati, 2013 and 2014
Malayalam edition, Kerala State Institute of Languages, 2013
Corriere della Sera "kiosk" edition, La Matematica Come un Romanzo, vol. 19, 2014
U.S. film tie-in edition, Washington Square Press, 2016
U.K. film tie-in edition, Abacus paperback, 2016
Polish edition, Swiat Ksiazki, 2017

Turkish edition, Epsilon, 2022

Book-of-the-Month Club selection
Quality Paperback Book Club selection
National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, 1992
Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, 1991
Library Journal, Best Sci-Tech Books of 1991
New York Public Library, Book to Remember, 1991
New York Times Book Review, Notable Books of the Year, 1991
Film adaptation, The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, 2016

Selected reviews: Kirkus (starred), Publisher's Weekly, Booklist (starred), New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Phoenix, Washington Post, New York Review of Books, Byte, Science, Indian Express (India), New Scientist, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Mathematical Monthly, The Independent (U.K.), Times Literary Supplement (U.K.), Far Eastern Economic Review, American Scientist, Isis, Sewanee Review

APPRENTICE TO GENIUS: The Making of a Scientific Dynasty

Macmillan hardcover, 1986
Johns Hopkins University Press paperback, 1993
Taiwanese edition, Commonwealth Publishing, 1998
Chinese editions, Shanghai Scientific, 2001, 2012

Japanese edition, Kousakusha, 2020

Library of Science Book Club selection
Library Journal, Best Sci-Tech Books of 1986

Selected reviews: Publishers Weekly, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, The Scientist, Chemical and Engineering News, Isis, Bioscience, Science, Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature

VINTAGE READING: From Plato to Bradbury, a Personal Tour of Some of the World's Best Books

Bancroft Press, 1998
Bancroft e-book, 2010
Audio edition, Audible, 2013

Literary Guild featured alternate

Selected reviews: Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Washington Post Book World, Book Report, Cleveland Plain Dealer