History Book Reviews

PRAIRIE FIRES by Caroline Fraser
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A vivid portrait of frontier life and one of its most ardent celebrants."
A sensitive biography of the author of Little House on the Prairie. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"Readers will share Emery's lack of nostalgia for this half-forgotten weapon, but they will admire this satisfying combination of technical background, battlefield fireworks, biographies of colorful major figures, and personal anecdotes from individual soldiers."
An illumination of the "little understood and…poorly documented" story of a significant piece of the "history of chemical warfare in the United States." Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sparklingly intelligent and well-researched cultural history."
A New-York Historical Society historian examines the impact of 20th-century newspaper columnist and women's self-help guru Marjorie Hillis (1889-1971). Read full book review >
BLACK TUDORS by Miranda  Kaufmann
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An eminently readable book that offers contemporary readers valuable insights into racial relations of centuries past."
An intriguing history of Africans in Tudor England. 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 >

THE MAYFLOWER by Rebecca Fraser
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The story of the Winslows is an effective way to experience the emotions and fears of the small band who dauntlessly sailed off to the New World."
Fraser (The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present, 2005, etc.) personalizes the legend of the Pilgrims by focusing on Edward Winslow and family and their voyage from England to Holland to Plymouth. Read full book review >
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 >
THE DAWN WATCH by Maya Jasanoff
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An insightful perspective on Conrad's life and turbulent times."
An absorbing biography melds history and literary analysis. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A wonderful look into the beginnings of Australia and the remarkable strength of the survivors of these dangerous voyages."
A British historian recounts the links between the founding of the British penal colony in Australia and the mutiny on the Bounty. Read full book review >
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 lively one-volume treatment well-suited to libraries and schools."
This focused study of the four term-winning president emphasizes his instinctive feel for the public mood. 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 >