James L. Haley


James L. Haley is the author, most recently, of Wolf: The Lives of Jack London (Basic, 2010). His previous books include Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas (Free Press) and Sam Houston: A Biography (University of Oklahoma Press), which won the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission, the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize from the Texas State Historical Association, and the Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Haley’s new book, Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii, is forthcoming in November 2014 from St. Martin’s Press.

Advance praise for Captive Paradise

“James Haley is a brilliant storyteller, and he has never had a better story to tell. His remarkable characters struggle for the wealth, soul and future of a tropical paradise and its people. This is narrative history at its best.” —H. W. Brands, author of Traitor to His Class and The First American

Praise for Wolf

“A valuable London biography. It surpasses Irving Stone’s 1938 Sailor on Horseback, giving us a well-delineated picture of a singular, complicated figure. . . . These days we have little sense of the literary glory that was Jack London. Thanks to James Haley’s zeal, the fiercely imaginative author of Before Adam, not just the man of The Call of the Wild fame, is before us again.”

   —Wall Street Journal

Praise for Passionate Nation

“A masterwork that easily replaces Fehrenbach’s Lone Star as the best non-academic history of Texas.” —Austin American Statesman

“Well-informed, erudite and astonishingly comprehensive.... A folksy romp, replete with humorous asides, ironic commentary and sometimes uproarious and nearly forgotten anecdotes.” —Houston Chronicle

“With this rich and entertaining history, Haley adds his name, indelibly, to the list of native writers his state should be rightfully proud of.”

Publishers Weekly