Jonathan Yardley
Jonathan Yardley
Critic

Jonathan Yardley has been the book critic of The Washington Post since 1981. That same year he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He is the author of six books, and a seventh — a collection of his "Second Reading" columns for The Post — will be published in the summer of 2011.

Latest by Jonathan Yardley

The complex Thomas Jefferson in his place and time

The complex Thomas Jefferson in his place and time

John B. Boles portrays Jefferson as a man of vast accomplishments and rooted in his era.

Yardley’s favorite books

Yardley’s favorite books

The retiring critic lists his picks from the past 33 years.

Three decades, 3,000 reviews

Three decades, 3,000 reviews

Book critic Jonathan Yardley says goodbye to readers.

A book about decapitation

A book about decapitation

Frances Larson surveys the practice of beheading throughout history