Dance Hall: A Novel of Sing Sing (Paperback)

A Novel of Sing Sing

By David Pietrusza

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781440494055, 302pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2014


About the Author

Called one "of the best historians in the United States," "one of the great political historians of all time," and "the undisputed champion of chronicling American Presidential campaigns." David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history. Critics have compared his work to that of Eric Larson, H. L. Mencken, Theodore H. White, Edmund Morris, and Doris Kearns Goodwin. His "1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America," a study of the dramatic 1948 presidential campaign, is a selection of the History Book Club, the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the Literary Guild. ForeWord Magazine designated his book "1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies" as among the best political biographies. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro has termed "1960" "terrific." Pietrusza's "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" received a Kirkus starred review, was honored as a Kirkus "Best Books of 2007" title, and was named an alternate selection of the History Book Club. Historian Richard Norton Smith has listed "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" as being among the best studies of presidential campaigns. Pietrusza's biography of Arnold Rothstein entitled "Rothstein: The Life, Times & Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series" was a finalist for the 2003 Edgar Award. Rothstein's audio version won an AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. Pietrusza has edited three volumes on the career and works of Calvin Coolidge. Says Amity Shlaes: "an authority on the 1920s and [Calvin] Coolidge . . . David Pietrusza has brought Coolidge back to life with his volumes about the president . . ." Pietrusza's biography of baseball's first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis,""Judge and Jury," a Finalist for the 1998 Seymour Medal and a NASSH Book Award nominee, won the 1998 CASEY Award. Pietrusza collaborated with baseball legend Ted Williams on an autobiography called "Ted Williams: My Life in Pictures." Pietrusza served as president (1993-97) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), co-editor of "Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball," and as editor-in-chief of the publishing company Total Sports. His study of the 1932 elections, "1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR - Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny" will be published by Lyons Press in August 2015.