History Book Reviews (page 10)

VICTORIA & ABDUL  by Shrabani  Basu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"King Edward's success in repressing stories of one of Queen Victoria's advisers has now been overturned with solid research and crisp, clear writing."
The story of the Indian man who took the place of John Brown in Queen Victoria's life and heart. Read full book review >
MARITA by Marita Lorenz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The congeries of stories has its interest, but Lorenz is an indifferent writer. One hopes that the movie version, to which this ties in, has a little more zing."
"I was stupid and haughty then, a rebel. I sleep alone now": Lorenz delivers a tale of espionage and deceit, told with rueful candor. Read full book review >

THE VIETNAM WAR by Geoffrey C. Ward
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Accompanying the PBS series to be aired in September 2017, this is an outstanding, indispensable survey of the Vietnam War."
A sweeping, richly illustrated narrative of a conflict fast retreating in memory, one that noted documentarian Burns calls a "lamentable chapter in history." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A highly qualified historian offers a dense, sweeping history of a nation on the move."
A massive history of the striving, riven new nation that emerged from the Civil War, extending to the turn of the century. Read full book review >
THE SUFFRAGENTS by Brooke Kroeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A vigorous, readable revisitation of the events of a century and more ago but with plenty of subtle lessons in the book for modern-day civil rights activists, too."
An account of the role men played in pressing the case for women's voting rights in the early years of the last century. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Students of 18th-century American military history will find plenty of interest, but the broader audience of readers will find Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton (2004) to be more useful."
A biography of the Founding Father's service in the Continental Army. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A well-told tale of naval exploits in which gold is the MacGuffin."
The history of the sinking of a trans-Atlantic liner and the hunt for the 43 tons of gold it was carrying. Read full book review >
HAVANA WITHOUT MAKEUP by Herman  Portocarero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Havana emerges as a city like no other: a place where humans, in many ways, are at their most vibrantly human."
The EU Ambassador to Cuba pens a temperate love letter to Havana. Read full book review >
CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >
FIFTY INVENTIONS THAT SHAPED THE MODERN ECONOMY by Tim Harford
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Harford's contagious delight in his subject reminds readers not to take for granted the impact of objects and ideas so familiar they're easy to overlook."
A well-known British economist shapes his radio broadcasts into chapters of a diverting collection of what he considers humanity's greatest inventions. Read full book review >
THE DEAD MARCH by Peter  Guardino
Released: Aug. 28, 2017

"The Mexican-American War is too little studied today. Guardino's swift-moving, broad-ranging history is a welcome remedy."
The history of a war of expansion and empire that reverberates today in talk of border walls and deportation. Read full book review >
THROUGH A LONG ABSENCE by Joy Passanante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2017

"Well written, though without the broader appeal of, say, Rick Atkinson or Richard Overy; a minor but interesting take on a major conflict."
An American combat doctor's memories of war, as filtered through his novelist daughter (The Art of Absence, 2011, etc.). 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 >