Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

COMMANDER IN CHIEF by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"The book is strongly pro-Roosevelt, but Hamilton gives a solid inside view of the strategic thinking that went into the campaign against Hitler as America laid the groundwork for the D-Day invasion the following year."
A detailed look at Franklin Roosevelt's role in the Allied strategy midway through World War II, with an emphasis on his relations with Winston Churchill. Read full book review >
THE BURGER COURT AND THE RISE OF THE JUDICIAL RIGHT by Michael J. Graetz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Two powerhouse law historians/journalists deliver a major contribution to the history of the Supreme Court."
Two scholars, each distinguished in his or her respective fields, challenge received orthodoxies about the Burger Supreme Court while detailing how earlier breakthroughs in civil rights and criminal law were reversed or hollowed out. Read full book review >

DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >
FALLING by Elisha Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A profoundly moving memoir."
The children's book author shows masterful control in this memoir of a life careening beyond his control. Read full book review >
WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN by James Lee McDonough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A fine biography, welcome reading for any student of Civil War history."
A wide-ranging biography of the Civil War legend, a monster to some, a savior to others. Read full book review >

DOUGLAS MACARTHUR by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Featuring the use of new archives, a highly regarded historian offers a significant reappraisal."
A freshly critical life of the great American general, whose "spectacular successes were always haunted by his equally spectacular failures." Read full book review >
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A moving and penetrating inquiry into manifold struggles for identity, community, and authenticity."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist investigates the "fluidity and binaries" of "modern transsexuality." Read full book review >
BEING A BEAST by Charles Foster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A splendid, vivid contribution to the literature of nature."
In which an English author, tired of the high street, takes to the fens and burrows to learn how animals live. 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 >
HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year."
A Yale Law School graduate's account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America's angry white working class. 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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Indelible characters, adventurous spirit, and acute psychological insight combine in this multilayered debut."
A memoir of arctic adventure that goes deeper into self-discovery and finding a home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >