History Book Reviews (page 10)

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL by John Avlon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier."
Why George Washington's last message proves apposite to our own time. Read full book review >
THREE DAYS IN JANUARY by Bret Baier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A focused and timely study of Eisenhower's significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK's inherited new world."
A sobering return to Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address, arriving just before our own moment of uncertain presidential transition. Read full book review >

THE GENIUS OF JUDAISM by Bernard-Henri Lévy
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A philosophical celebration of Judaism that wanders but ultimately returns to hope and light."
A memoir and philosophical reflection on the renewed urgency to study the Jewish tomes. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A passionately presented book that offers sparkling tangents for further study."
A history of the startling scientific innovations that rose to meet disconcerting troubles in revolutionary France. Read full book review >
FINKS by Joel Whitney
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Another odd episode steps out from the Cold War's shadows. Riveting."
Who would have thought that the Zen-saintly author of The Snow Leopard might have been a spook? Read full book review >

THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD by Daniel Beer
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An eye-opening, haunting work that delineates how a vast imperial penal system crumbled from its rotten core."
An elucidating study of how Russia's east was won—by hard labor. Read full book review >
A CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT by Michael D’Antonio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sometimes overly gushing and perhaps premature but bolstered with enough evidence."
An overview of President Barack Obama's two-term presidency: his successes, failures, and incompletions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination."
The author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—The Creators of Superman (2013) returns with the astonishing story of the first female U.S. district attorney. Read full book review >
WAR AGAINST WAR by Michael Kazin
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An illuminating, if discouraging, account of a doomed attempt to pull America back from an abyss."
A history of the campaign to oppose American intervention in World War I. Read full book review >
THE EGYPTIANS by Jack Shenker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt."
A sharp jab at the neoliberal economics adopted by Egypt over the last decades, which ultimately spurred grass-roots revolt. Read full book review >
HIS FATHER'S SON by Tim Brady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A workmanlike biography of a relatively minor character in the vast Roosevelt saga."
Biography of Theodore Roosevelt's first son, Ted Jr. (1887-1944), who made a greater soldier than politician. Read full book review >
SPECULATION by Stuart Banner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A somewhat narrowly focused book that will not likely appeal to a broad swath of readers but will repay those who invest their undivided attention."
A mostly chronological history of a slippery financial concept combined with something akin to a lengthy law review article. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >