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Peter Golden is an American award-winning journalist, historian, and author of non-fiction, historical fiction and historical romance novels.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, he attended Ohio University before transferring to SUNY Albany, where he graduated with a BA in Philosophy.

Throughout his decorated career as a journalist, Peter interviewed Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush; Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Shamir; and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, among others

He currently resides in Guilderland, New York, with his wife, who is a lecturer at the University at Albany.

More about Peter Golden

Genres: Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, Romance

Born: 1941

United States


Non Series

  • Comeback Love (2010)
  • Wherever There is Light (2015)
  • Nothing Is Forgotten (2017)


  1. Quiet Diplomat: A Biography of Max M. Fisher (1992)
  2. I Rest My Case: My Long Journey from the Castle on the Hill to Home (2000)
  3. O Powerful Western Star! American Jews, Russian Jews, and the Final Battle of the Cold War (2012)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Comeback Love

Nearly four decades ago, Gordon Meyers, a promising writer, took all his possessions and hesitantly drove away, leaving behind the smart and stunning Glenna Rising that meant the world to him.

Now many years later, Gordon—an ex-globetrotting consultant with a divorced wife and an adult son—suddenly wants to lay eyes on Glenna once again.

Shocked when Gordon unexpectedly breezes into her office in Manhattan, Glenna and her old flame head out for a drink, only for long-held passions to erupt in the New York winter.

And as the two enjoy their evening together, Gordon eventually reveals what prompted his return.

Author: Peter Golden
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1451656329
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Wherever There is Light

When fifteen-year-old Julian Rose leaves his family behind in Germany to look for greener pastures in the U.S during the 1920s, he is consumed by loneliness upon his arrival, until he joins forces with Longy Zwillman; eventually becoming a renowned bootlegger on the East Coast.

Kendall Wakefield is a lively college senior who dreams of becoming a painter.

Her mother, who started an African-American college in South Florida despite being the daughter of a slave, would love nothing more than to find a fitting mate for her lovely daughter.

When Julian meets Kendall, love takes centre stage.

This book is about a Jewish family and an African American family brought together by love.

Author: Peter Golden
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1501107634
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Nothing Is Forgotten

It’s the 1950s in New Jersey.

A youthful man named Michael Daniels begins a radio show in a room of his half Russian half Jewish grandmother’s shop; a show that immediately becomes a local favorite thanks to humorous jabs on USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Meanwhile in a tiny Soviet city, a young orphaned girl named Yulianna Kosoy works as a bootlegger, along with her boss, Der Schmuggler.

However, Michael’s grandmother is brutally killed in her shop just when his radio show begins soaring.

Who could have wanted such a friendly old woman dead?

In order to find the answer, Michael journeys to Europe where he uncovers a shocking family secret.

Author: Peter Golden
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1501146817
Publisher: Washington Square Press


Quiet Diplomat: A Biography of Max M. Fisher

This book is by Peter Golden is a biography of industrialist and political-insider Max M. Fisher.

Some of the prominent people that Fisher had a sit-down with throughout his career include, Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush; Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, and George Shultz; and Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin.

Author: Peter Golden
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-0845348468
Publisher: Cornwall Books
I Rest My Case: My Long Journey from the Castle on the Hill to Home

This memoir follows the life of J. Stanley Shaw, from the time he was a young kid under the watchful eye of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum in the 1930s, to his rise to being one of the most exceptional bankruptcy attorneys in America.

The vibrant and touching memories take readers through Brooklyn during the Great Depression, to Shaw’s time at Columbia University and New York Law School, to his early disappointments after an exploitative property developer left him with a debt of one million dollars, to his time in politics as a leader of the New York Liberal Party from the 1960s and 1970s, to his trailblazing work as a bankruptcy attorney.

NB: This book has been co-authored with J. Stanley Shaw.

Author: Peter Golden
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0967779607
Publisher: Chestnut Street Press
O Powerful Western Star! American Jews, Russian Jews, and the Final Battle of the Cold War

This book by Peter Golden follows the activities on three continents that pushed American Jews into the midst of the Cold War.

From the killing of President Abraham Lincoln and what it meant to a Russian Jewish grain dealer based in Rostov-on-Don, this fascinating book takes readers through the spectacular cultural and political changes in America and Russia, the effects of the World War II, the Holocaust, the birth of Israel, and how the social changes of the 1960s affected American and Soviet Jewry.

The author borrows from his personal interviews with Gorbachev, Reagan, Nixon, Kissinger, George Shultz, Eagleburger, among others.

Author: Peter Golden
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-9652295439
Publisher: Gefen Books