History Book Reviews (page 10)

BOURBON EMPIRE by Reid Mitenbuler
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 12, 2015

"An illuminating, well-paced narrative that will interest students and imbibers of the wee drap, American-style."
"America was astonishingly drunk." So concluded just about every visitor to these shores in the early days of the republic. Read full book review >
33 DAYS by Léon Werth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An invaluable document of history as well as a riveting literary narrative, spirited out of France by Saint-Exupéry yet somehow 'lost.'"
An extraordinary account of a French couple's fleeing of Paris just in front of the Germans in June 1940, followed by a despairing stint among some eagerly appeasing villagers. Read full book review >

BORN BAD by James Boyce
HISTORY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Boyce successfully illustrates the ability of original sin to dominate Western culture for nearly two millennia."
Intriguing study of how the Christian concept of original sin weaves its way through Western history. Read full book review >
REAGAN by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An exemplary work of history that should bring Reagan a touch more respect in some regards but that removes the halo at the same time."
Monumental life of the president whom some worship and some despise—with Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, 2012, etc.) providing plenty of justification for both reactions.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2015

"A solid piece of research that reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of a now-forgotten man who loved a good story and could put a comic spin on important social issues."
A warts-and-all portrait of Harry Golden (1903-1981), founder of the North Carolina newspaper Carolina Israelite.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 11, 2015

"A bright, informative resource for readers seeking to understand science through the eyes of the men and women who shaped its history."
The prolific author of the Story of the World series explores the history of science through the prism of key scientific texts. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF ALICE by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2015

"The magic of the work is well-served here but with just a bit too much extraneous information."
Douglas-Fairhurst (English Literature/Magdalen Coll., Oxford; Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, 2011, etc.) delivers a biography of Charles Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, that might be better described as a sociological study of Victorian England.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"This is Ellis' ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner."
A brilliant account of six years during which four Founding Fathers, "in disregard of public opinion, carried the American story in a new direction." Read full book review >
WHIRLWIND by John Ferling
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A first-rate historian's masterful touch conveys the profound changes to colonists' 'hearts and minds.'"
From servants to citizens: a nuanced study of the American Revolution focused on how the war changed the way Americans saw themselves. Read full book review >
KIDNAP IN CRETE by Rick Stroud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"A stirring adventure with an exotic setting and a thrilling cast."
In 1944, undercover British operatives kidnapped German Gen. Heinrich Kreipe on Nazi-occupied Crete. This is the tale of that exploit. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"What the two women had in common was their writing talent, strength, and dedication to the fight for women's education and rights. While Gordon tells their stories well, moving back and forth between the Marys can be perplexing."
Gordon (English/Endicott Coll.; The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths, 2007) delivers a drama-filled dual biography of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) and her daughter, Mary Shelley (1797-1851).
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LUTHER’S FORTRESS by James Reston Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An intensive journey inside Luther's thinking as it was forming in opposition to the church."
An engaging study of a short but explosive period in the life of the great reformer and translator of the Bible. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >