History Book Reviews

STORMTROOPERS by Daniel  Siemens
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A considerable work that promises to be the preferred text in English on the brown-shirted stormtroopers for some time to come."
An exhaustive examination of Hitler's Sturmabteilungen, aka the SA. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A careful, circumstantial study that compares favorably to Theodore H. White's presidents series and that politics junkies will find irresistible."
An excellent account of the 1968 presidential race, a political season of spoilers, outsiders, and broken machines eerily like our own time. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An excellent complement to recent work by other Russian journalists who have turned to history, and to brilliant purpose."
A vivid, character-driven reconstruction of the period leading up to the overthrow of the Romanovs and the birth of modern Russia. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL RELATIVE by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book."
The bestselling immersion journalist embarks on a world-spanning journey of family and genealogy. Read full book review >
LENIN by Victor Sebestyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A compelling, cleareyed portrait of a dictator whose politics have unfortunate relevance for today."
An illuminating new biography of the cold, calculating ruler on whom the subsequent Soviet state modeled itself. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion."
An ambitious, kaleidoscopic history of race and politics in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
THE FATE OF ROME by Kyle  Harper
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"There is much to absorb in this significant scholarly achievement, which effectively integrates natural, social, and humanistic sciences to show how the fall of the empire caused the decline of Rome."
A view of the fall of Rome from a different angle, looking beyond military and social collapse to man's relationship to the environment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully."
Blood is thicker than water, but friendship is perhaps thickest of all, particularly when it acts as a poultice for seemingly unhealable wounds. Read full book review >
FRIENDS DIVIDED by Gordon S. Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An illuminating history of early Americans that is especially timely in the ugly, partisan-filled age of Trump."
The acclaimed historian engages in a compelling examination of the complex relationship of the Founding Fathers who eventually served as the second and third presidents of the United States. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An exemplary contribution to the history of the Civil War and its aftermath."
The renowned historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction continues the story begun in his Bancroft Prize-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies (2003), recounting those events as they played out beyond the Blue Ridge. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS VOLUME TWO by Simon Schama
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A fluid history lesson from an always engaging guide."
The second volume of the award-winning author and documentary producer's history of the Jews. Read full book review >
MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS by Christopher  de Hamel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history."
A palaeographer's fascinating investigation of medieval culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >