History Book Reviews (page 5)

HURRICANE STREET by Ron Kovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2016

"Sobering reflections on past treatment of America's injured war veterans."
The author of Born on the Fourth of July (1976) recounts the brief 1974 movement he initiated to change how Veterans Affairs hospitals cared for wounded soldiers. Read full book review >
JACOBITES by Jacqueline Riding
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2016

"Riding provides an exciting account of a doomed rebellion and ably explores the psyche of the fierce, devoted Highlanders."
Riding (Mid-Georgian Britain: 1740-69, 2010, etc.), a specialist in 18th-century British history and culture, delivers a comprehensive history of the events of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Read full book review >

AMIABLE SCOUNDREL by Paul Kahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"A fine political biography that does not entirely rehabilitate its subject."
Biography of a politician whose name "has become synonymous with corruption and graft during the Civil War." Read full book review >
ANGELA MERKEL by Matthew Qvortrup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today."
A biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (b. 1954) that provides insight and clarity into Germany's often underreported role in shaping the European political landscape. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 30, 2016

"In a book that is more nuanced and far more entertaining that the revelations of Edward Snowden, Budiansky does not ignore the NSA's accomplishments but reveals plenty of unsettling behavior that has so far persuaded Congress and the president, always anxious to demonstrate their patriotism, to enact mild reforms."
A skillful history of America's World War II code-breaking and the rise of the National Security Agency. Read full book review >

HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA by Winifred Gallagher
HISTORY
Released: June 28, 2016

"The future of the post, Gallagher argues in this readable, straightforward history, depends on citizens' awareness of its history. For a somewhat livelier, personality-driven account of the USPS, see Devin Leonard's Neither Snow nor Rain (2016)."
A history of the United States postal system, which George Washington believed would "tranquilize" the country's restless citizenry. Read full book review >
HITLER'S COMPROMISES by Nathan Stoltzfus
HISTORY
Released: June 28, 2016

"A lucid work of historical argumentation that succeeds in establishing compromise as a crucial instrument in Hitler's political arsenal."
An in-depth examination of the tactical compromises Hitler made in order to consolidate power. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A cogent, detailed policy review, effectively studded with first-person recollections, that probably won't sway Obama's conservative critics."
A measured insider's account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, arguing that the very aspects that bring conservative derision represent subtle, long-term strengths. Read full book review >
MY FATHER AND ATTICUS FINCH by Joseph Madison Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A poignant and warmly engaging memoir."
A distinguished Atlanta attorney remembers his lawyer father, who defended a black man against charges that he raped a white woman in pre-civil rights era Alabama. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"From interviews and archival documents, Lascher creates a seamless narrative of daring and dedication."
Two journalists caught in war and love. Read full book review >
WHITE TRASH by Nancy Isenberg
HISTORY
Released: June 21, 2016

"A riveting thesis supported by staggering research."
A rigorously researched study of the entrenched system of racial classification that dispels many myths about American national identity. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S FIRST FOLIO by Emma Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2016

"Perfect for the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2016 'First Folio!' tour celebrating the book's 400th anniversary."
A biography of the most valuable English-language book in the world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >