History Book Reviews

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 >
THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM by Timothy Snyder
Released: April 3, 2018

"A highly distressing, urgent alarm to awaken Americans to the peril of authoritarianism."
How Russia's campaign to undermine democracies threatens the European Union and the United States. Read full book review >

Released: April 3, 2018

"An important and fascinating examination of American slavery's aftermath."
"Americans do not share a common memory of slavery," write California State University, Fresno, historians Kytle (Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery Struggle in the Civil War Era, 2014) and Roberts (Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, 2014) in this eye-opening history. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Just like Revolution on the Hudson, a wonderful addition to the literature on the American Revolution, full of enlightening facts and figures."
A readable history of the first battle of the American Revolution and the militiamen "who risked everything to defend their way of life and the freedom of future generations." Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2018

"An essential work of congressional history."
A compelling account of a vital era in the history of the U.S. Congress. Read full book review >

THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE THIRD REICH by Robert Gellately
Released: April 1, 2018

"Essential for students of modern history, marked by fresh scholarship and little-seen photographs."
A richly illustrated and textually dense assessment of the Hitler regime. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF MARK TWAIN by Gary Scharnhorst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2018

"A lively, richly detailed, and sharply perceptive biography."
The transformation of newspaperman Samuel Clemens into popular essayist and entertainer Mark Twain. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Enough time has passed for some of Kaplan's forecasts to develop cracks—e.g., China has not yet stumbled—but much rings true, and all are presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years."
The veteran political affairs journalist returns with a collection of essays that have been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and other venues. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS MYSTIC by Joel F. Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Extremely well-researched and fluidly written, Harrington's work will serve as a meaningful resource for students of mysticism and of late Medieval Christianity."
Insightful biography of German theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1328). Read full book review >
DISAPPOINTMENT RIVER by Brian Castner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A vital addition to the library of the far north and of exploration."
"Fierce winter never relented": searching for a little-known explorer who left his name on many places, themselves little known, in the Canadian Arctic. Read full book review >
GIBRALTAR by Roy Adkins
Released: March 13, 2018

"The story is as compelling as it is fantastic—page-turning history of one of the most important eras of Western civilization."
The husband-and-wife historian team once again exhibit their talent for enlivening British history. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY MEDICI by Mary Hollingsworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence."
A fascinating warts-and-all history of the rise and fall of the Medici. 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 >