History Book Reviews (page 2)

ISLAND PEOPLE by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An eminently well-informed narrative."
A geographer's exuberant travel narrative about the nations and people of the Caribbean. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A book remarkable for its depth, breadth, and intellectual daring."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian examines the fanatical secular religion of American exceptionalism and why it is leading government officials and the electorate astray in an increasingly violent world. Read full book review >

ISTANBUL by Thomas F. Madden
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An illuminating journey through the history and culture of the metropolis that 'still towers over all other cities in Europe and the Middle East.'"
The author of Venice: A New History (2012) returns with the astonishing and sanguinary story of the iconic city on the Bosporus. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A largely untold, engrossing history of our nation's fraught, and unlikely, path to liberty."
European allies supplied arms, ammunition, uniforms, savvy commanders, engineers, and soldiers to aid the American Revolution. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 1 by Ed Ward
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A spry study that should inspire listening with newly informed ears to old tunes, from 'Bulldozer Blues' to 'Teenager in Love' and beyond."
A dean of rock journalism delivers the first volume of a magnum opus on a subject that never ceases to fascinate. Read full book review >

BUTTER by Elaine Khosrova
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A tasty but limited history of butter."
A pastry chef and food writer offers a detailed history of her favorite ingredient. Read full book review >
VICTORIA by Julia Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A well-researched biography sensitive to Queen Victoria as a woman."
Australian journalist and historian Baird (Media Tarts: Female Politicians and the Press, 2004) draws on previously unpublished sources to fashion a lively, perceptive portrait of the long-reigning queen. Read full book review >
THE VANQUISHED by Robert Gerwarth
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough explanation for the rise of the nationalist and fascist groups who set the stage for World War II."
The first study of the disorders that shook all the defeated states of Europe following World War I. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A lively contribution to popular histories of New York and its institutions, worthy of shelving alongside Robert Caro's The Power Broker and Edwin Burrows and Mike Wallace's Gotham."
An eye-opening history of the Manhattan hospital whose name is a byword for asylums everywhere. Read full book review >
WRITING TO SAVE A LIFE by John Edgar Wideman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book seething with the passion and sense of outrage behind the Black Lives Matter movement that also traces specific roots of the movement's genealogy."
The present illuminates the past—but can't provide resolution—in this generation-spanning meditation on injustice. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An interesting read but not an innovative history."
A retelling of the well-studied history of biblical translation. Read full book review >
SHADOW WARS by Christopher Davidson
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An exhaustively researched account that will find its most extensive readership in the academic and diplomatic communities."
Scholarly study of the reactionary counterterrorism patterns established for centuries—e.g., the Jacobite risings of 1688; the Thermidorian reaction to the French Revolution, etc.—now driving the Western reaction to jihadi terror. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >