Joseph Barbato

Joseph Barbato is an author and journalist whose books include Writing for a Good Cause and several literary anthologies. He is a former columnist and contributing editor at Publishers Weekly, and has written about books and authors for the Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the Progressive, Smithsonian, the San Francisco Chronicle, America, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A long-time contributor to Kirkus Reviews, he has served as a juror for the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction.

Mr. Barbato was born and raised in New York City and earned an M.A. in American studies at New York University, where he worked for many years as a writer and editor. He was co-editor of The Remington Review, a literary magazine, and served twice as president of Washington Independent Writers, a regional organization of freelance writers.

A former editorial director at The Nature Conservancy, he has been a consultant to MIT, the Brookings Institution, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the American Red Cross, Feeding America, Oxford University, and many other nonprofits. His work for clients has included writing projects on science, health, urban life, and cultural affairs as well as public policy issues.

He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Book Reviews by Joseph Barbato

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“a solid, valuable work on a critical aspect of America’s wartime quest for an atomic bomb.”

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“Few other books reveal the fascinating inner journey that transformed Eleanor from an emotionally choked-off young woman into a mature leader who inspired millions.”

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Official denial never goes out of style. In our own time, an Iraqi spokesman famously declared: "There are no American infidels in Baghdad.

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The Grifter’s Club will appeal to political junkies who can’t get enough of the present national moment.”

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“A small, fun, and insightful book, She Come By It Natural can be enjoyed on its own or as a perfect companion to Marsh’s Heartland.”

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Atlantic staff writer Olga Khazan tries to do much too much in her well-written, often absorbing work of memoir and reportage, Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World

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“Engaging and provocative, Diamond’s encyclopedic meditation will certainly help readers—no matter where they live—think about what lies ahead for the outlying areas of our cities.”

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“Highly readable, A Traitor to His Species ably details the ‘uncomfortable debate about the proper balance between animal rights and human interests . . .’”

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Jill Lepore, the Harvard historian and New Yorker writer, argues that a company you’ve never heard of “helped invent the data-mad and near-totalitarian twenty-first century.” Moreover, she

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A sobering, scarifying account that leaves the reader exhausted and in awe at the author’s endurance during these ritual gatherings of the MAGA tribe.”

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On May 10, 1869, as the last ceremonial rail was bolted down at Promontory, Utah, a San Francisco newspaper declared America’s first transcontinental railroad a “victory over space, the elements, a

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“Kerri Arsenault’s portrayal of the devastating impact of unregulated capitalism on the lives of poor, mainly dark-skinned people is a serious indictment of the American way.”