THE POPE WHO WOULD BE KING by David I. Kertzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A touch too long but a pleasingly encompassing view of the hapless papal reign that inspired Kertzer's early book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortaro (1997)."
A bulky but readable history of the last leader of the Papal States. Read full book review >
THE PEACEMAKERS by Bruce W. Jentleson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"An informative addition to the burgeoning field of leadership studies."
With John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage as a model, Jentleson (Public Policy and Political Science/Duke Univ.; American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 2003, etc.) offers portraits of 18 transformative leaders who advanced international peace, justice, freedom, and human rights. Read full book review >

PRESIDENT CARTER by Stuart E. Eizenstat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"An astute, often shocking, behind-the-scenes chronicle."
Jimmy Carter's chief domestic policy adviser tells all. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"By turns sobering, frightening, and thrilling, this meticulous account of the power and tenacity of officially sanctioned racism recalls a dark era that America is still struggling to leave behind."
A spellbinding true story of racism, privilege, and official corruption. Read full book review >
THE MORALIST by Patricia O’Toole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A balanced, welcome new addition to the Wilson shelf."
O'Toole (When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, 2005, etc.) adds to a long list of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) biographies with a skillfully crafted account of the president's life and legacy. Read full book review >

RETHINKING AMERICA by John M. Murrin
Released: May 1, 2018

"Writing primarily for other historians, Murrin provides some interesting insights but on topics too narrow to be of much interest to general readers."
Murrin (Emeritus, History/Princeton Univ.; co-author: Liberty, Equality, Power, 1995) presents 11 previously published essays on the period just before and after the American Revolution. Read full book review >
WORLD WAR II AT SEA by Craig L. Symonds
Released: May 1, 2018

"No revisionist but a solid storyteller and naval scholar, Symonds mixes politics, strategy, sea battle fireworks, technical details, and personal anecdotes to deliver one of the better single-volume histories of the naval portion of WWII."
A veteran maritime historian delivers a satisfying one-volume history of "the impact of sea services from all nations on the overall trajectory and even the outcome" of World War II. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S EMBROIDERER by Joan DeJean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Of interest for students of French history or the history of finance, if they can tie it all together."
The tale of two 17th- and 18th-century French families, a story that begins as a fairy tale and ends as a nightmare. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"Timely, given the resurgence of a protectionist, closed-door trade policy and all its likely negative consequences—but not a book for the faint of heart or the short of attention span."
Densely detailed study of trade agreements across the span of American history, written by a former U.S. trade representative. Read full book review >
RECONSTRUCTION by Allen C. Guelzo
Released: May 1, 2018

"Essential reading for the historically minded in a time of ongoing struggle for civil rights."
Eminent Civil War historian Guelzo examines the many reasons the Reconstruction era, "the ugly duckling of American history," ended in failure. Read full book review >
THE BLACK PRINCE by Michael Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times."
Jones (Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England, 2015, etc.) brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Read full book review >
RICHARD III by Chris Skidmore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"One of the least biased accounts of Richard III; the author acknowledges his subject's faults without justifying them."
A new biography of the alternately reviled and beloved king and his times. 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 >