All My Books (1972 through 2017.)

Think Tanks--1971

The Great American Ice Cream Book--1972

The Future of the Workplace--1975

The Electronic Battlefield--1976

The Mature Person's Guide to Kites, Yo-Yos, Frisbees and Other Childlike Diversions--1977

Out of This World: American Space Photography--1977

The Future File: A Guide for People with One Foot in the 21st Century--1977

The Official Rules--1978

Chow: A Cook's Tour of Military Food--1978

The Official Explanations--1980



There are Alligators in the Sewers & Other American Credos (With Joseph C. Goulden)--1983


On Our Own: A Declaration of Independence for the Self-Employed--1985


The Library in America--1986

Family words: The Dictionary for People who Don't know a *Frone from a *Brinkle--1988

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary--1989

The New Official Rules--1989

What Do You Call a Person From ....? A Dictionary of Resident Names--1990

Slang! The Topic-by-Topic Dictionary of Contemporary American Lingoes--1990 (updated and expanded--1998 and 2006)

Timelines: Day by Day and Trend by Trend from the Dawn of the Atomic Age to the Gulf War--1990

Baseball's Greatest Quotations--1991 ( updated and expanded in 2007)

Dickson's Word Treasury--1992

Dickson's Joke Treasury--1992

On This Spot: Pinpointing the Past in Washington, D.C. (With Douglas E. Evelyn)--1992 (Revised and Updated--1999 and revised again 2008)

Baseball: The President's Game (With William B. Mead)--1993

Myth-Informed (With Joseph C. Goulden)--1993

The Congress Dictionary: The Ways and Meanings of Capitol Hill (With Paul Clancy)--1993

War Slang: American Fighting Words and Phrases from the Civil War to the Gulf War--1994

The Worth Book of Softball--1994

The Book of Thanksgiving--1995

The Volvo Guide to Halls of Fame (With Robert Skole)--1995

The Joy of Keeping Score--1996

The Official Rules at Home--1996

The Official Rules at Work--1996

What's in a Name?--1996

The Official Rules for Lawyers, Politicians
and Everybody They Torment--1996

The Official Rules for Golfers--1997

Labels for Locals--1997

The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary--1999

From Elvis to E-Mail: Trends, Events, and Trivia from the Postwar Era to the End of the Century--1999

Firestone: A legend. A Century. A Celebration (With William D. Hickman)--2000

The Official Rules of Life--2000

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century--2001

The Hidden Language of Baseball--2003

War Slang (2nd edition, Updated to the present)--2003

The Bonus Army: An American Epic (With Thomas B Allen)--2005

Label For Locals: What to Call People From Abilene to Zimbabwe--2007

Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms--2007

The Joy Of Keeping Score--2007

Family Words: A Dictionary of the Secret Language of Families--2007

The Dictionary Baseball Dictionary, Third Edition-- 2009

The Unwritten Rules of Baseball--2009

A Dictionary of the Space Age--2009

Drunk: The Definitive Drinkers Dictionary--2009


Baseball Is … Defining the National Pastime—2011

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick—2012

Courage in the Moment: The Civil Rights Struggle, 1961-1964 (The Photographs of Jim Wallace)—2012

Golf is … Defining the Great Game—2012

Journalese: A Dictionary for Deciphering the News (with Robert Skole)—2012

Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Created by Presidents of the United States—2013

The Official Rules: 5,427 Laws, Principles, and Axioms to Help You Cope with Crises, Deadlines, Bad Luck, Rude Behavior, Red Tape, and Attacks by Inanimate Objects—November, 2013

Authorisms—Words Wrought by Writers -- April 2014

Contraband Cocktails--How America Drank When it Wasn't Supposed to.--March 2o15.

Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son --March, 2017.

Selected Works

A dictionary of the secret language of families
The only slang dictionary arranged by topic--now substantially revised and expanded.
In our globally interconnected age, misnaming where someone is from or the cultural group to which they belong often constitutes more than a harmless social gaffe. Labels for Locals provides guidance on the preferred, and sometimes disdained, names for selected locales, cities, regions, countries, and ethnic groups worldwide.
American Fighting Words and Phrases Since the Civil War--Recommended by William Safire in his New York Times Magazine "On Language" column.
American History: narrative non-fiction
The all but forgotten but dramatic story of WWI vets from their historic march on Washington in 1932, to demand the bonus promised them for their wartime service, to the passage of the GI Bill which was their lasting legacy.
"... an old-fashioned whiz-bang: Dickson's most complicated, most rewarding book yet." -James H. Bready, The Baltimore Sun, July 6, 2003
Baseball fans young and old are certain to enjoy this book. Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
"That rarest of sports books, a valuable reference work that provides absorbing and enlightening reading." -Sports Illustrated
"Paul Dickson's indefatigable research and reportorial lucidity have given us a fascinating history of the event that forever changed our world." -Walter Cronkite
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