History Book Reviews (page 3)

EISENHOWER'S ARMIES by Niall Barr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A detailed, entertaining history of a successful, if bumpy, military alliance."
Anglo-American cooperation during World War II worked, more or less. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A superbly lucid examination of a dramatic revolution in human thought that deserves a place on the shelf with Thomas Kuhn and David Deutsch."
Not exactly a history of science but of our idea of science: a shrewd, thoughtful analysis of how our view of finding truth held steady throughout history and then, over a century, changed and produced the dazzling progress we often take for granted.Read full book review >

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT by William E. Leuchtenburg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2015

"A top-notch historian brings together recondite research with felicitous prose. An excellent choice for students of 20th-century American history."
An acclaimed historian examines the American presidency from 1901 to 2001. Read full book review >
CONQUERORS by Roger Crowley
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An impressive history of global clashes, religious zealotry, and economic triumph."
Portugal's bloody, defiant imperial adventure. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"With high tension and as many plot twists as any fictional thriller, this book is hard to put down."
A step-by-step history of the Israeli army's 1976 rescue of hostages at Entebbe airport in Uganda. Read full book review >

FIGHTERS IN THE SHADOWS by Robert Gildea
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 30, 2015

"A masterly, painstakingly researched study incorporating the urgent stories of the resisters themselves."
Scrupulous, evenhanded reconsideration of the fighters of the French Resistance and how the patriotic myth became central to the identity of postwar France. Read full book review >
COVENTRY by Frederick Taylor
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"A superb portrait of some of the realities of World War II and the increasingly destructive technology created during that time."
Taylor (Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation and Denazification of Germany, 2011, etc.) exposes one of the 20th century's most savage military innovations, aerial bombing, in a well-researched, engaging book about a vicious Luftwaffe bombing in England at the beginning of World War II.Read full book review >
BATTLING THE GODS by Tim Whitmarsh
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"Though not for those seeking a light read, this is a seminal work on the subject, to be studied, reread, and referenced."
Whitmarsh (Greek Culture/Univ. of Cambridge; Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism, 2013, etc.) explores the evolution of atheism from Homer to the Roman Empire.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"An important book that warrants a place at the forefront of Prohibition histories. General readers will love it, and scholars will find much to ponder."
The surprising ways in which a failed social experiment helped shape modern America. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH by Lisa Hilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Mildly revisionist, well-argued, and thoroughly satisfying."
There is no shortage of biographies of Britain's Elizabeth I (1533-1603), but readers should pay attention to this thoughtful, often ingenious account. Read full book review >
S.P.Q.R. by Mary Beard
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Beard's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious and is well-reflected in her clever, thoroughly enjoyable style of writing. Lovers of Roman history will revel in this work, and new students will quickly become devotees."
The acclaimed classicist delivers a massive history of ancient Rome, which "continues to underpin Western culture and politics, what we write and how we see the world, and our place in it." Read full book review >
ABBA EBAN by Asaf Siniver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Based on interviews with dozens of people and research in more than 20 archival collections, Siniver's sympathetic, cleareyed biography deserves to be called definitive."
The biography of a defender of Israel who advocated diplomacy over war. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >