History Book Reviews (page 10)

SCARS OF INDEPENDENCE by Holger Hoock
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An accomplished, powerful presentation of the American Revolution as it was, rather than as we might wish to remember it."
The American Revolution was no festive musical. Read full book review >
OCTOBER by China Miéville
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing march to revolution, told here with clarity and insight."
The award-winning fiction writer revisits the exciting, messy story of an explosive Russia on the brink of civil war. Read full book review >

THE ROAD TO CAMELOT by Thomas Oliphant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"An excellent chronicle of JFK's innovations, his true personality, and how close he came to losing."
Accepting the challenge that Theodore White laid out in The Making of the President 1960: to "tell the story of the quest for power in 1960 in more precise terms with a greater wealth of established fact." Read full book review >
AGENT M by Henry Hemming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Hemming has uncovered a man determined not to be known and in so doing, has provided us with delightful reading."
The dramatic story of the remarkable British spymaster who may have been the model for the James Bond character M. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by Condoleezza Rice
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Some readers may not be convinced, but this book deserves a broad audience, especially in our current political climate."
George W. Bush's secretary of state returns to her academic roots with this accessibly written study of that imperfect but ideal form of government. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Good fuel for those who think that the sitting U.S. president is the worst thing to happen to democracy since Xerxes."
The West is premised on political and economic ideals that are under threat—from Beijing, from Moscow, and from Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
JACKIE'S GIRL by Kathy  McKeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"McKeon's delightful memories have been tucked away for 50 years, and thankfully, she has brought them out to share the enchanting magic of Camelot with us all."
In her first book, McKeon recounts her years of working for Jacqueline Kennedy. Read full book review >
YOUR YOSEMITE by Robert O. Binnewies
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"A solid, engaging history of a venerable institution."
An overview of Yosemite's past as a national park and as a part of American history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2017

"An informed, important exposé of the nation's institutionalized racism that would have been even more reader-friendly with the inclusion of more individual case histories."
How government policies have perpetuated the caste system of slavery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A stirring book that explores numerous aspects of racism in Alabama and the nation as a whole."
An examination of an infamous 1957 conviction of a young, black Army veteran for the murder of a white police officer that more broadly delineates the struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Engrossing history of a city with the enduring power to fascinate."
Timbuktu has generated myths that persist into the 21st century. Read full book review >
JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET RADICAL by Helena Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fine-grained study that shows us how to read between the lines to discover the remarkable woman who helped transform the novel from trash to an absolute art form."
Tracking the "shadowy, curiously colorless figure" of the revered novelist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >