History Book Reviews (page 10)

STALIN'S DAUGHTER by Rosemary Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"The author manages suspense and intrigue at every turn."
A biography of haunting fascination portrays its subject as a pawn of historical circumstance who tried valiantly to create her own life. Read full book review >
SPECTACLE by Pamela Newkirk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"An inspired and moving work of intrepid scholarship."
A shocking tale of a young African taken from his home for the purposes of Western science throws into relief the turn-of-the-century's ill-conceived intentions and prejudice. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Nevertheless, this is a captivating portrait of the struggle between labor and capital during a formative period in the quest for workers' rights."
One of the most influential Americans you never heard of rides the crest of a labor uprising in Gilded Age New York City. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR by Dominic Tierney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 2, 2015

"Tierney is clearly not optimistic about real change in the near future, but his useful book's coda offers some interesting long-term strategies to avoid endless war in the future."
A manifesto that offers alternative stratagems to waging war in a changing geopolitical landscape. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A fast-paced Vietnam War story that cheekily employs the pilots' vernacular as well as plenty of technological terminology."
Weapon wizardry and exciting, in-the-moment pilots' accounts comprise this homage to the group of first trackers of the pesky surface-to-air missiles during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A gripping story whose grasp sometimes loosens in explanatory passages."
A reporter for the Washington Post debuts with the forgotten story of a pilot whose B-24 crashed near the Charley River in some of Alaska's most remote territory in December 1943.Read full book review >
DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE by Jed Rasula
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 2015

"A well-researched survey that shows the scope of Dada and its influence on the art world."
Rasula (English/Univ. of Georgia; Modernism and Poetic Inspiration, 2009, etc.) follows an uprising of disaffected artists who burned through Europe during and after World War I, incinerating old ideas of art and literature and making way for new forms.Read full book review >
BAPTISTS IN AMERICA by Thomas S. Kidd
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"An instructive work that allows for a fuller understanding of an important religious element in America."
A thoroughgoing study of Baptists, radicalized by persecution and honed by internal schism. Read full book review >
THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD WAR TWO by Richard Overy
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"A good choice for new insights into aspects of the war we never knew, such as the 'other' D-Day in the Marianas and the great significance of the Eastern front in the final outcome."
Distinguished historians explore developments in the study of World War II. Read full book review >
BUCKLEY AND MAILER by Kevin M. Schultz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"In a book rich in anecdote and insight, Schultz assays their relationship splendidly."
A perceptive analysis of the evolution of political cultures that infuses a dissection of the contradictions within liberal and conservative thought with revealing character studies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Schneiderhan leaves it to us to continue the journey these two began. His work, like theirs, is inspiring."
Schneiderhan's (Sociology/Univ. of Toronto) biographical comparison of Jane Addams (1860-1935) and Barack Obama illustrates how little has changed regarding the difficulties of community building. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"A dense but accessible discussion of the metaphysical role of time in human affairs."
In 1922, at a meeting of the French Society of Philosophy, Henri Bergson (1859-1941), "one of the most respected philosophers of his era," expressed unhappiness with Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, which discarded the concept of absolute time and denied the reality of simultaneity. Present in the audience, Einstein disagreed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >