Praise for In the Cauldron

​“The underbrush through which Mr. Paper cuts his way . . . would be challenging for any writer.  But Mr. Paper, with an eye for character and an easy narrative style, manages to keep his subject interesting. . . . And even though we know how it’s all going to end, Mr. Paper manages to add a measure of suspense to his narrative — a tribute to his abilities as a writer.”

— Washington Times

​"In the Cauldron tells one of the great overlooked stories of World War II. Lew Paper delivers a riveting tale with deep research and compelling prose."

– Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life, Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster, and The Luckiest Man: The Life and Times of Lou Gehrig

"Lew Paper’s In the Cauldron is simply the best treatment of Ambassador Joseph Grew and the run-up to the Pacific War.  Engaging writing and thorough research make the book a must read for both the historian and the general audience."

– Sidney Pash, author of The Currents of War: A New History of American-Japanese Relations, 1899-1941

​"Lew Paper's In the Cauldron is a compelling narrative of events leading up to Pearl Harbor.  Even though we know the end, the book is hard to put down.  Being a US ambassador is a tremendous privilege but can be very challenging.  Read this book and you will see why."

– Mark Gitenstein, Former Ambassador to Romania

"Lew Paper has produced the gripping story of Joseph Grew, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, as he fervently worked to prevent war between the United States and Japan. While Grew is the center of the story, Paper also brings to life the array of Japanese and American leaders with whom he interacted.  The book is incisive and vividly portrays the different perspectives and pressures which confronted these decision-makers."

– Ira Shapiro, former U.S. trade negotiator with Japan, and author of The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis and Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?

"A lucid and engaging narrative of misguided US-Japanese diplomatic negotiations.  The writing is smooth and easy to read.  This is a book that should be read by a wide audience."

– Noriko Kawamura, author of Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War

Praise for Perfect

"A home run.”

– Associated Press

"If you want to live inside the most famous statistical afternoon in baseball history, Perfect is . . . well, let's just say 'ideal.'”

– Chuck Klosterman, Esquire

"The author has succeeded in getting under the skin of the players, juxtaposing their stories with key moments.”

– Wall Street Journal

"One of the best books of 2009.”

– Washington Post

"This gem of a story brilliantly recreates one of the greatest moments in baseball history by interweaving the intense drama of the game with superb portraits of the key players who shared in the historic moment.  Perfect captures our hearts as it carries us back to the golden age of baseball and the more innocent world of the 1950s. Though it was a sad day for me as a Dodger fan, I am now mature enough to read and savor this wonderful account.”

– Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Wait Till Next Year

"If you think you know all there is to know about Don Larsen’s perfect game, think again. In Perfect, the true story of that historic game and the men who played it is revealed in all its imperfect glory. The Dodgers couldn’t come through against Larsen, but with this charming, meticulously researched book, Lew Paper has connected for a resounding hit.”

– Jonathan Eig, author of The Luckiest Man: The Life and Times of Lou Gehrig, and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season

"Lew Paper does something more than give you fresh details about Don Larsen’s perfect game.   He uses the game as a backdrop to tell you about the players who were there, and by the end of the book you will know each of them as a friend.  Special game  . . . . Special players. . . . Special book  . . . . I couldn’t put it down, and neither will you.”

– Joe Garagiola, former Major League baseball player, Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster, and author of Baseball is a Funny Game

"It’s an extraordinary book with a startling approach.  A fascinating pitch-by-pitch detail of the most famous game in World Series history with individual bios of the nineteen players in the game that give a penetrating picture of what major-league baseball and major-league baseball players were like in the game’s great Golden Age, the glorious middle of the Twentieth Century.”

– Robert W. Creamer, author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life & Stengel: His Life and Times

"So you think you know everything about Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series . . . . not until you have read Lew Paper's classic.”

– Tim McCarver, former Major League Catcher and Fox Sports Broadcaster

"Lew Paper masterfully captures the thoughts of ‘Gooney Bird,’ the supporting cast of players, and Don Larsen ‘s World Series masterpiece.  Perfect jumps out from that Fall afternoon in Yankee Stadium to you in your comfy old rocking chair.  It's real life.  Whatta writer!”

– Tony Kubek, former New York Yankee shortstop (1957-65), NBC Broadcaster, and co-author of Sixty-One

"A terrific book.  Don Larsen’s perfect game was one of those once-in-a-lifetime events for those of us lucky enough to witness it.  Lew Paper takes us behind the scenes and allows us to get to know all the participants.”

– Peter Golenbock, author of Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-1964 and Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

"A memorable book about baseball's most memorable game and the men who played it.”

– Michael Shapiro, author of Bottom of the Ninth and The Last Good Season


“Murder by jungle lion gets this CIA-laced story off to a rousing start . . . . As conspiracy theories go, Paper, a Washington, DC attorney, offers an intriguing one that links top-level U.S. officials to the assassination.  Dialogue and pacing are superb. . . . Catnip for conspiracy theorists and fans of fast-paced thrillers.”

– Kirkus Reviews

"The JFK assassination has attracted some big-name thriller authors over the years . . . . Now veteran nonfiction writer Paper throws his hat into the ring with a new interpretation of one of the most written-about incidents in American history . . . . Paper tells an engaging, well-structured, and briskly paced tale, and he makes us believe, at least in the context of the novel, that his particular conspiracy theory is plausible."

– Booklist

Praise for Empire: William S. Paley and The Making of CBS

“Paper's book is an anecdotal delight and a starter kit for understanding the American phenomenon that is television”

– Chicago Tribune

“. . . the most penetrating biographical look thus far at a complex man whose CBS boots are still firmly on.”

– Washington Post

“. . . Paper’s mix of broadcast history and anecdotal style serves to flesh out a story of power, ambition, and influence."

– Duluth News-Tribune & Herald

“. . . straightforward and compelling . . . ” 

– Los Angeles Times

“. . . a rather fascinating account of the CBS Chairman’s life and times.”

– Booklist

“ . . . you’ve gotta read the book . . . ”

– Toledo Blade

“. . . an extraordinary and first-rate study of the exercise of power.”

– Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star

“Paper . . . writes with balance and good taste, as well as with a sharp ear for anecdote.”

– Palm Beach Life

“Balanced, well-researched, and highly readable . . . . This deserves a high place among the essential books on TV.”

– Publishers' Weekly

Recipient of the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Award from the School of Journalism of the University of Missouri

Praise for Brandeis

“A comprehensive triumph of interpretive scholarship . . . . a landmark contribution to the oral history of this century.”

– Los Angeles Times

“Urbane in style and solid in content, it offers not only superb history but classic biography.”

– St. Louis Post Dispatch

“A tour de force of what judicial biography should really be.”

– American Bar Association Journal

“ . . . Paper delivers a story so intimate that the reader begins to feel like a Peeping Tom.”

– Cleveland Plain Dealer

“ . . . comprehensive and readable.  It should be the definitive work on Brandeis for many years to come.”

– Sunday (Newark) Star Ledger

“. . . readable . . . Paper successfully walks a difficult path in providing enough details about legal issues to satisfy legally trained readers while writing in language that is understandable to non-lawyers.”

– Portland Oregonian

“. . . this well-told life of jurist Brandeis takes pains to show the whole man, both public and private . . .”

– Publishers Weekly

“Paper’s work deserves full tribute for an admirable combination of objectivity and scholarship, leavened with an appropriate sense of irony.”

– Sunday Peninsula Herald

“Paper’s central accomplishment is the respectful, non-debunking humanization of a great American.”

– Los Angeles Daily Journal

“. . . an authoritative and readable biography . . .”

– Sunday Knoxville News-Sentinel

“ . . . it will be a very long time before someone writes a more concise and consistently interesting biography of ‘the people’s attorney’ . . . ”

– Constitutional Commentary

Praise for John F. Kennedy: The Promise and the Performance

“An excellent piece of scholarship and one of the most useful works on JFK.”

– Tom Wicker, New York Times

“This interesting book sets John Kennedy in the framework of our great expectations of past Presidents, their fulfillment of those hopes and their tragic failures.”

– Anthony Lewis, New York Times

“Paper has chartered some much-needed fresh thinking on President Kennedy . . ."

– CBS Radio

One of the “more thoughtful of the current reappraisals . . .”

– Newsweek

“Paper has succeeded, his reward for years of painstaking research and thought and, not incidentally, his good writing . . . . a fine addition to the history of our times.”

– Hartford Courant

“ . . . a new and different kind of ‘Kennedy book’ that is well worth reading. . .”

– Sunday (Newark) Star-Ledger

“Paper delivers. This is a balanced study of a pragmatist who seldom allowed his political progress to be burdened by the excess baggage of ideology.”

– National Review

“. . . an intriguing analysis of the intricacies of presidential leadership.”

– Chattanooga News-Free Press

“The great merit of  Lew Paper’s work is to put the Kennedy presidency into both an historical and political framework.”

– James MacGregor Burns

“For thoughtful Americans, who ponder why Kennedy’s presidency is so much greater than the facts seem to warrant, and why the impact he has made confounds objectivity, this book is essential reading.”

– Senator Bill Bradley

“Congratulations [to the publisher] in identifying so valuable a work; given the recent distress of our presidencies, the Kennedy experience – examined, warts and all, has much to offer.  It is fortunate that you were willing to bring out a book that makes this contribution.”

– Fred I. Greenstein, Henry Luce Professor of Politics, Law and Society, Princeton University

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