Praise for Allegiance


Winner of the public vote for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction
A Richmond Times-Dispatch Book of the Year
Foreign Policy Research Institute Book of the Week

“My favorite World War II historical novel was Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War. Now I have two favorites. Kermit Roosevelt’s Allegiance is an instant classic.”
Nelson DeMille

“Allegiance is well worth reading. The profound questions that is raises–about the powers of the president in times of war, the tensions between liberty and security, and the role of the courts on resolving those those tensions–remain as important in today’s threat-filled world as they were three quarters of a century ago.”
David Lat, The Wall Street Journal  >>

“This sophisticated, multi-textured novel works both as a thriller to rival the best of Stephen Carter and as an insightful look at one of America’s darkest historical moments… The plot twists are both genuinely surprising and logical, and Roosevelt is subtle in illustrating how the liberty vs. security tensions of the 1940s foreshadow those of the post-9/11 era.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review >>

“Allegiance is a coming-of-age story, a love story, a story of betrayal and disillusionment and redemption.”
Lisa McElroy, SCOTUS Blog >>

“Roosevelt paints a disturbing picture of Washington at war as a place driven by patriotism and principle — and by cynicism and greed… a splendid, troubling and authoritative novel, conceived with a vision that sees beyond the years and resonates in the present day.”
Jay Strafford, Richmond Times- Dispatch >>

“Kermit Roosevelt’s Allegiance is an engaging historical mystery novel set during World War II against the backdrop of the Supreme Court and the Japanese American cases… the narrative moves along at a rapid pace and keeps the reader turning the pages.”
Bryan Niiya, Densho >>

“Allegiance is an enjoyable, thoughtful, informative and compelling novel that is certainly worth reading.”
Stuart Shiffman, BookReporter.com >>

“An insider’s view of a world at war, a rogue’s gallery with real-life rogues, an exploration of the limits of American idealism, Kermit Roosevelt’s Allegiance is also just a damn good yarn. It keeps you flipping pages even as it artfully and fruitfully complicates your understanding of the way we were. This is historical fiction as it should be.”
Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye

“This gripping narrative illuminates the moral dilemmas and torn loyalties of a Washington, DC insider who’s determined to do what’s right when everyone else isn’t. One of the great writers of his generation, Roosevelt masterfully brings key political figures to life and provides a thoughtful reflection on American ideals. An election year must-read.”
Published in Hampton Sheet Magazine

“A work of historical fiction that reads like a thriller. A deeply humanitarian book.”
John Fugelsang, host of Tell Me Everything on SiriuxXM

“Deftly written and carefully observed, Allegiance is an ingenious blend of history and imagination. Roosevelt’s novel vividly portrays a pivotal time in America’s past, luring the reader through a clever plot in which the very fate of the nation’s honor is at stake.”
Koethi Zan, author of The Never List

 “The perfect melding of the times of a young man and the times of a young country, as both struggle to delineate the parameters of justice during war… No one else but the immensely talented Kermit Roosevelt could have written Allegiance, and I cannot recommend it more highly.”
Lisa Scottoline, author of Betrayed and Keep Quiet

“A riveting tale of murder and conspiracy within the highest echelons of government in WW II Washington, D.C.”
Cordelia Frances Biddle, author of The Conjurer and Deception’s Daughter

“Roosevelt is an elegant writer and acute observer of life along the Beltway. Anyone who likes Scott Turow’s legal thrillers will like this one as well.”
Library Journal

“A marvelous and timely new legal thriller about a defining national moment … fast moving and intelligent … Highly recommended.”
Anniken Davenport, Bitter Empire

“Roosevelt combines the momentum of a top-notch legal thriller with a thoughtful examination of one of the worst civil rights violations in US history in Allegiance: A Novel.”
Joe Donahue, host of The Roundtable, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

“The book is peopled with real-life historical figures, including Justices Black and Felix Frankfurter, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and unsung heroes like Masaaki Kuwabara, who refused military conscription until his rights as an American citizen were restored.”
Japan Times