History Book Reviews (page 10)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A first-rate history filled with revealing incidents and informed analysis."
A 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge chronicles the centurieslong push/pull between the executive and the legislative branches over the conduct of America's wars. Read full book review >
THE PATH TO WAR by Michael S. Neiberg
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A valiant attempt to dispel 'America's collective amnesia over the First World War.'"
A fresh look at America's reluctance to enter World War I as a mass consensus rather than any single faulty decision by President Woodrow Wilson. Read full book review >

THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> DISUNION by Ted Widmer
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"An excellent teaching tool, perfect for libraries."
Noted academics, scholars, editors, and historians contribute to a collection of fresh, provocative essays on the Civil War, first published in digital form by the New York Times. Read full book review >
1777 by Dean Snow
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"While the narrative is initially slow, military history lovers will appreciate Snow's explanations of how battles are fought, especially regarding supply lines, geography, and leading characters."
A chronicle of 33 days in Saratoga, New York, in 1777 that turned the tide for the American Revolution. Read full book review >
THE FRAMERS' COUP by Michael Klarman
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A monumental project carried off to a high degree of excellence. Though it may be too lengthy for all but the most patient general reader, constitutional scholars will find this thorough and authoritative work indispensable reading."
A magisterial history of the creation of the United States Constitution. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A felicitous, informative story from a highly knowledgeabe author."
A study of four unconventional crusaders against America's obligatory godliness. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE by Russell L. Riley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Every chapter crackles with anecdotes and serious discussions for political junkies, including Clinton partisans and Clinton detractors."
A presidential scholar selects portions from 400 hours of conversations with insiders about the Bill Clinton White House campaign, tenure, and aftermath to present a densely informative oral history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Though written as if in a first-thought, best-thought reverie, there's useful wheat among the chaff."
This ain't your grandpa's reefer madness but instead a swirling, energetic, decidedly offbeat history of a man and a time history has largely forgotten, and not for any lack of effort of his own. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The author's research is commendable, but it swamps readers with too many details."
How an 1897 boxing match helped make cinema history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Heavy-handed enough at times to make readers wish someone out there might step up to Buchanan's defense; nonetheless, Strauss makes a firm argument for the essential doofusness of the 15th president."
An oddly entertaining study of "the first plodding-to-the-top president," a man mercifully forgotten by history. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A book that will make even readers with a strong knowledge of the war think about how it was fought and why it ended as it did. A winner for Civil War history buffs."
A genuinely fresh, persuasive perspective on the Civil War. Read full book review >
The Life and Times of the Great Danbury State Fair by Gladys Stetson Leahy
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A delight for anyone with an interest in agricultural fairs, the late 19th century, or rural Americana."
A charming chronicle of an annual fair in Danbury, Connecticut, begun by the late Gladys Stetson Leahy and recently finished by her grandson. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >