Amato's publications fall into two basic categories,
cultural and intellectual explorations and rural and regional studies.
This is evident in more than a dozen essays and prefaces on a range
of local topics from Danilo Dolci, a history of Marshall, the striking
bank women of Willmar, Minnesota, and Minnesota culture, to such philosophical
subjects as European historiography, anarchism, and philosophy. This
division and variety equally display themselves in his approximately
50 popular and academic reviews and review essays that have covered
the gamut of his interests in peasants, France, Italy, the Middle Ages,
and European intellectual life as well as in Midwestern culture and
Cultural and intellectual books:
Mounier and Maritain: A French Catholic Understanding of the
Modern World. University of Alabama Press, 1975, soon to
be republished by Ave Maria Press.
Ethics, Living or Dead? Portals Press/Venti Amati, 1982.
Guilt and Gratitude: A History of the Origins of Modern Conscience.
Greenwood Press, 1982.
Death Book. Ellis Press/ Venti Amati, 1985.
Victims and Values: A History and Theory of Suffering.
Praeger Press, 1990.
Golf Beats Us All (And So We Love It), Crossings Press,
Bypass: A Memoir, Purdue University Press, 2000.
A History of the Small and Invisible, University of California
Press, 2000, first choice non-fiction, Los Angeles Times; widely
reviewed and translated into German, Italian, and Spanish
Rural, regional, and local books:
Countryside, Mirror of Ourselves. Crossings Press, 1980.
When Father and Son Conspire: A Minnesota Farm Murder.
Iowa State University Press, 1988; republished toExcel, 2000.
The Great Jerusalem Artichoke Circus. University of Minnesota
Press, 1993, offered as an e-book in 2001.
A New College on the Prairie: Southwest State University's
First Twenty-Five Years, 1967-1992. Crossings Press, 1991.
Servants of the Land: God, Family, and Farm, The Trinity of
Belgian Economic Folkways. Crossings Press, 1990.
The Decline of Rural Minnesota, with John Meyer. Crossings
At the Headwaters, edited with Janet Timmerman. Minnesota
Conservation Corps / Southwest State University Flood Recovery Project,
To Call It Home: The New Immigrants of Southwestern Minnesota,
with John Meyer, John Radzilowski, Donata DeBruyckere, and Anthony
Amato. Crossings Press, 1996.
Community of Strangers: Change, Turnover, Turbulence & the
Transformation of a Midwestern Country Town, with John Radzilowski
and assistance of John Meyer. Crossings Press, 1999.
Southwest Minnesota: The Land and the People,
edited with David Pichaske. Crossings Press, 2000.
The Draining of the Great Oasis: An Environmental History of Murray
County, Minnesota, ed. with Anthony Amato and Janet Timmerman. Crossings
Home: The Case for Local History. University of California Press,
published February 2002; It has been widely reviewed and featured at
several regional and national conferences, most notably the joint national
conference of the American Association of State and Local History and
the National Council on Public History, Providence, RI, September 2003.
It has also been the subject of a lengthy interview with Amato in Speaking
Historically (Fall 2003) and the subject of talks he has given regionally
A Place Called Home: Writings on the Midwestern Small Town anthology
edited by Richard Davies, Joseph Amato and David Pichaske University
of Minnesota Press, 2003.