History Book Reviews

BROADWAY by Fran Leadon
Released: April 17, 2018

"A lively history of one of the most famous streets in America."
Four hundred years in the life of a road the original Dutch settlers referred to as Brede Wegh (Broad Way). Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"A fine history that is surely controversial in its view of how victims become victimizers and how professions of love turn to terror."
"The destroyers came from out of the desert": a vigorous account of a vengeful early Christianity that burned temples and books—and dissenters. Read full book review >

THE GIRL FROM KATHMANDU by Cam Simpson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A powerful work of investigative journalism, one that speaks volumes about the business of war and of human slavery alike."
How war profiteering in the Middle East tore apart a village in the Himalayan foothills. Read full book review >
THE BURNING SHORES by Frederic Wehrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the facts of the Benghazi attacks and in the future of a definitively troubled region."
A searing tale of violence, chaos, and unintended consequences in post-Gadhafi Libya. Read full book review >
FUTUREFACE by Alex Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A timely investigation that turns up 'sad confirmation that animus and violence and expulsion always end up screwing everyone, even the people doing the expelling.'"
A cultural commentator turns her acute observational skills and journalistic skills to the mystery of her own heritage. Read full book review >

Released: April 16, 2018

"A sturdy contribution to the history of science."
Why can't religion and science be reconciled? Because of math. Read full book review >
THE CHINA MISSION by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"The definitive history of a failure from which the U.S. seemingly learned nothing (civil war in Vietnam was already heating up)."
A comprehensive history of one of the United States government's greatest diplomatic failures, presided over by one of the country's greatest diplomats. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A vigorous, well-written book that distills a complex history to a clash between two men without oversimplifying."
"To the Cherokee, balance was everything": a broad-ranging history of a political rivalry that upset the Cherokee world for more than a century across the face of North America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A great book for history fans seeking illumination on the connections of European royalty."
The story of how one remarkable woman's drive to survive secured the succession of the British crown to this day. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A fine work of scholarly detection, turning up a story that deserves to be much better known."
Intriguing history of the only U.S. government agency ever founded with the express purpose "to save the lives of civilians being murdered by a wartime enemy." Read full book review >
Released: April 6, 2018

"As Cohen observes in this smart, useful account, the role of the U.S. in international affairs has been checkered, and it appears to be headed for a very bad patch indeed, given the current occupant of the White House."
Surveying American foreign policy and its discontents. 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 >