History Book Reviews (page 10)

THE LAST ESCAPER by Peter Tunstall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"An engrossing valediction to the tough, imaginative generation forged by the war."
A remarkable memoir of a British lad's salad days flying bombers against the Nazis and then repeatedly escaping their prison camps. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"It wasn't all the same, though: The Republicans had a moderate wing in those days. As with all Zelizer's books, this is a smart, provocative study."
A sort-of-liberal president faces an intransigent, obstructionist Congress: We mean Lyndon Johnson, of course, and the class of 1966. Read full book review >

THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >
YOUNG OVID by Diane Middlebrook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"In this inventive, hybrid biography, Middlebrook grounds Ovid's poetry in an insightful reconstruction of his life."
Discovering the author of the epic Metamorphoses. Read full book review >
HUCK FINN'S AMERICA by Andrew Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Delving deeply into 19th-century sources, generations of readers' responses and a wide range of Twain's writing, Levy complicates the possibilities of what the novel meant for its contemporaries and what it might mean for readers today."
Rediscovering Twain's most widely read novel. Read full book review >

THE REMARKABLE EDUCATION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by Phyllis Lee Levin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intimate, richly detailed portrait of a powerful political figure."
The formative experiences that shaped a political mind. Read full book review >
THOMAS CROMWELL by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner's-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation."
A mildly revisionist biography of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An elucidating intellectual history of an influential strategic sage that few outsiders have ever heard of."
A well-organized biography of Andrew Marshall (b. 1921), the architect of the Defense Department's "net assessment" strategy since the early days of the Cold War. Read full book review >
A MAN OF GOOD HOPE by Jonny Steinberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"For truly capturing the power of dreams and the resilience of human nature, this book deserves a wide audience."
Steinberg (Little Liberia: An African Odyssey in New York City, 2011, etc.) weaves together the many personas of a man whose story is at once unique and an archetypal example of an all-too-large collective.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This book is for those with a legal bent who enjoy the question more than the solution. While certainly erudite, the text is long and confusing, and many readers will wonder where the author is heading."
Herzog (Latin American Affairs/Harvard Univ.; Defining Nations: Immigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America, 2003) examines the border disputes between Spain and Portugal, comparing the players and difficulties of the two widely distant and differing situations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Compelling research within an overwrought presentation."
A romantic, rueful portrait of the Confederate general and the fatal decision that shut him out of history. Read full book review >
A THEORY OF THE DRONE by Grégoire Chamayou
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Chamayou does land some good points in this rather arid exercise, but one would rather have a Camus than a Derrida on this point."
If you are what you eat, then you are also what you kill with. Q.E.D. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >