Matthew Price, writer and book critic

I write about books, history, and culture. My articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe's Ideas and Books sections, The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, The New Yorker (“Briefly Noted”), The National (Abu Dhabi), The New York Observer, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Salon, The New York Sun, Vogue, and Bookforum. Learn more about me here.

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Stalin: The Paradoxes of Power
The National, November 6, 2014

Hitler’s First Victims
The Boston Globe, October 25, 2014

Midnight at the Pera Palace: Istanbul Between the Wars
The National, October 9, 2014

Rebel Yell: The Life of Stonewall Jackson
Newsday, September 30, 2014

When The United States Spoke French
The Boston Globe, August 16, 2014

Hampton Sides’ “In The Kingdom of the Ice”: A Book of the Year, 2014
The Boston Globe, August 2, 2014

Kim Philby: A Spy Among Friends
The Boston Globe, July 26, 2014

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“There’s Katrina and there’s Katrina-ism,” says Kenneth Ferdinand, a trumpeter who owns…

RIP V.A. Musetto
Vincent Musetto, one of the great newspapermen, will be remembered for his…

Neat Freak vs. Clutter King
Which one are you? Marie Kondo be damned, my office is a…

Nature Cure
One of the more remarkable English-language publishing stories in recent years is…

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Matthew Price, writer and book critic


Stalin: The Paradoxes of Power


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