History Book Reviews (page 10)

CHRISTENDOM DESTROYED by Mark Greengrass
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A tour de force of scholarship that begins with a gradual and accessible buildup and then descends, like the century, into a convulsion of dynastic entanglements."
Greengrass (Emeritus, Early Modern History/Univ. of Sheffield; Living with Religious Diversity in Early Modern Europe, 2009, etc.) reaches deeply behind the early myth of a united Europe.Read full book review >
SNOW AND STEEL by Peter Caddick-Adams
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Filling over 800 pages, Caddick-Adams casts a wide net, delving deep into the background, conduct, consequences and even historiography of this iconic battle, so even experienced military buffs will find plenty to ponder."
A comprehensive account of the bloodiest battle in American history. Read full book review >

ONCE UPON A TIME by Marina Warner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Both a beguiling appreciation of and a fascinating tour through faery, this offers riches aplenty for lovers of fantasy fiction, children's literature and the tales themselves."
This literary and cultural history of our engagement with, mostly, European fairy tales may be short, but it is far from slight. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A well-documented, evenhanded work that will delight urban scholars and lay travelers."
Ten vibrant cities across the globe tell the story of British imperialism in terms more nuanced and complicated than simply being good or bad. Read full book review >
THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR by David Green
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Green holistically explores aspects of the war's effects with exceptionally thorough research on subjects as diverse as the Catholic Church, women, peasants and even language."
In this new, refreshing look at the Hundred Years' War, Green (Edward the Black Prince: Power in Medieval Europe, 2007) examines the resulting reconstruction of European culture.Read full book review >

DIRTY OLD LONDON by Lee Jackson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A well-researched, if unpalatable, picture of a filthy city and the different factions fighting for and against reform using class distinctions, gender inequality and horrendous poor laws. Jackson strongly warns us that the problem isn't solved; the great sewer project is desperately outdated, and the 'clean air' is anything but."
Victorianist Jackson (Walking Dickens' London, 2012) demonstrates the unimaginable filth that permeated London during the 19th century.Read full book review >
ARTISTS UNDER HITLER by Jonathan Petropoulos
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A persuasive, nuanced and surprising picture of German culture under the Nazis."
Petropoulos (History/Claremont McKenna Coll.; Royals and the Reich: The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany, 2006, etc.) questions the prevalent assumption that Nazis denigrated modernism and quashed evidence of avant-garde movements in the arts.Read full book review >
BEN-GURION by Anita Shapira
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A brief but full-color biography of an essential leader."
In her valuable new biography, Shapira (Emerita, Humanities/Tel Aviv Univ.; Israel: A History, 2012) provides a concise appraisal of a founding father of the nation that was once only the dream of generations.Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF ZION by Adam Rovner
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"A conceptually challenging intellectual history of the global search for a Jewish homeland."
Travel down some of the lesser-known roads to Jerusalem with an expert guide. Read full book review >
GAY BERLIN by Robert Beachy
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A brave new work of compelling research."
An elucidating, somewhat startling study of how early German tolerance and liberalism encouraged homosexual expression. Read full book review >
"LITERCHOOR IS MY BEAT" by Ian S. MacNiven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Sensitive to Laughlin's strengths and shortcomings, MacNiven offers a comprehensive, prodigiously researched biography of a transformative literary figure."
The adventuresome life of a literary maverick. Read full book review >
WHY HOMER MATTERS by Adam Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Nicolson's spirited exploration illuminates our own indelible past."
An archaeology of the Homeric mind. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >