Books

I have written 11 books (summarized below) on a broad variety of subjects. What’s the common thread? Each represents the definitive word on a subject rarely explored by other authors. I like to think of my books as halfway houses between journalism and scholarship: more rigorously researched than most journalism, and more accessible to readers than most academic writing. (Of course, a detractor could argue that they’re less rigorously researched than academic writing and less accessible than journalism!) You be the judge. Here are my 11 published books, listed in reverse chronological order.

The Outsider: Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2014.) Biography of a Russian Jewish immigrant (1887-1967) who built an awesome East Coast business empire and confronted Philadelphia’s entrenched business leadership. 380 pages, with pictures, endnotes and index.
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Death of a Gunfighter: The Quest For Jack Slade, the West’s Most Elusive Legend. (Yardley: Westholme, October 2008.) The true story of the “notorious” Pony Express superintendent Joseph Alfred Slade (1831-1864), one of the great tragic heroes of the opening of the American West. 535 pages, with pictures, endnotes and index. $29.95; paperback edition, $19.95. Winner of the Wild West History Association’s award for “Best Western History Book of 2008.”
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In the Kingdom of Coal: An American Family and the Rock That Changed the World (New York: Routledge, 2003). Narrative history of the U.S. coal industry, seen through the eyes of five generations of a family of coal operators, and four generations of a family of miners who worked for them. 343 pages with pictures, endnotes and index.
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The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2001; paperback edition, 2006). Biography of the 19th-Century financier who founded J.P. Morgan & Co. and Drexel University and mentored St. Katharine Drexel. 280 pages with pictures, endnotes and index. Chinese language edition published in 2012 by China Machine Press.
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The Inheritor’s Handbook: A Definitive Guide for Beneficiaries (Princeton, N.J.: Bloomberg Press, 1998. Paperback edition: New York: Fireside Division of Simon & Schuster, 2000). The first book on estate planning for those on the receiving end. 237 pages, with index..
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Middletown Jews: The Tenuous Survival of An American Jewish Community (Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1997. Paperback edition: 1998.). Oral histories of the Jews of Muncie, Indiana, who survived bigotry and the Ku Klux Klan during the first half of the 20th Century. 180 pages with pictures and index.
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Revolution On Wall Street: The Rise and Decline of the New York Stock Exchange (New York: Norton, 1993, with Marshall E. Blume and Jeremy J. Siegel). A critical narrative history of the investment industry since World War II. 320 pages with endnotes and index.
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Main Line WASP: One Man’s Journey Through the 20th Century (New York: Norton, 1990, with W. Thacher Longstreth). Memoirs of a Philadelphia civic leader who survived the Great Depression and World War II, sold ads for Life Magazine and twice ran for mayor. 310 pages with pictures and index.
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Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen: An Informal History, 1903-1988 (Philadelphia: Privately printed, 1988). History of a Philadelphia law firm that evolved from a firm of Jewish outsiders to the ultimate poliitcal insiders. 110 pages, with pictures.
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Fight On, Pennsylvania: A Century of Red and Blue Football (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania, 1985). Illustrated history of football at the University of Pennsylvania since 1876. 144 pages, with pictures.
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Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy (New York: Random House, 1977. Paperback: Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985 and 1995). The groundbreaking  guide to tracing Jewish ancestors that launched the modern Jewish genealogy movement. 415 pages, with pictures and index.
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