Hell Before Breakfast: America’s First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire (April 2014)

  • "Powerful …  colorful … outrageous … Sometimes vivid writing needs no technology other than words." - The Washington Post
  • "Highly entertaining. Patton tells the story with gusto, for he has a great tale to tell." - The Wall Street Journal
  • "Exploration of some of the unsung early war correspondents in New York and London who created a model for vivid prose and humanitarian alarm. Densely researched, swift moving account full of fighting detail." - Kirkus Reviews
  • A fascinating cast of characters; Patton details major conflagrations and social and technological changes amid the gore of war and the prose of reporters of another era.” - Booklist
  • "A lively look at the emergence of America’s first war correspondents and their dispatches from the front line. Patton’s spirited chronicle evokes a lost age of journalism." - The Boston Globe
  • Patton follows a half-dozen of the 19th century’s best war correspondents from the battlefields of the Civil War to the deserts of Central Asia. The portraits are sharply drawn, and some of the scoops, like the ‘Bulgarian Horrors’ of 1876, still send a chill up the spine.” - Geoffrey Wawro, author of A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire
  • An epic account of how America’s forgotten war correspondents risked their lives in some of the world’s most dangerous places to report their stories. In this splendidly written book, Robert H. Patton has once again proven that he is a gifted writer with a keen eye for chronicling their tales in a way that is both entertaining and insightful.” - Carlo D’Este, author of Patton: A Genius for War and Warlord: A Life of Churchill at War, 1874-1945

Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution

  • "Wonderfully told." - The Hartford Courant
  • "Entertaining and enlightening… . Patton has dug deep into Revolutionary War-era records and writes with verve." - The Washington Post Book World
  • Intriguing… . Patriot Pirates is not ‘revisionist’ or ‘alternative’ history. What it offers is neglected history, the study of a crucial theater of the Revolution that has been overlooked. - The Washington Times

The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family

  • "One of the best books of the year." - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
  • "A compelling narrative… . A book full of delicious characters in a prose style that is equal to their vigor." - The New York Times Book Review

Up, Down & Sideways 

  • "Assured and entertaining… . In this droll send-up of Wall Street, Patton nicely mingles sharp satire with an understated tale of a confused, not entirely pleasant, but very bright young man figuring out the nature and purpose of his life." - Kirkus Reviews
  • "A young man of considerable advantages and talent squanders everything in a paroxysm of debauchery, extravagance, and selfishness. Ultimately he gets exactly what he deserves and in doing so earns some glimmer of humanity and compassion. Patton pulls it all together here, marshaling his considerable talent into a fluid, ironic comedy of morals." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • "In this story of the American dream gone whacko, Philip Halsey can’t stop making money. Philip’s saving grace is that he’s slightly more charming than he is disgusting and the humor of his plight is but one of this novel’s delights." -

Life Between Wars

  • "Focusing on a homicide and its aftermath, with a large cast of strangely intertwined characters, Patton shows how unconventional but honest affections can displace vengeance. Recommended." - Library Journal
  • Patton writes piercing descriptions and displays a razor-sharp intelligence.” - Publishers Weekly
  • "An edgy, tough-minded portrait distinguished by Patton’s grasp of what life is like for some truly marginalized figures. A precise, powerful effort." - Kirkus Reviews