History Book Reviews (page 10)

FAMILY HISTORY OF FEAR by Agata Tuszynska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2016

"A wrenching journey in search of memory and identity."
A Polish poet and historian explores her family's tormented history. Read full book review >
WORLDS ELSEWHERE by Andrew Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A frequently illuminating investigation of Shakespeare around the world."
Shakespeare, performed in the most unlikely places. Read full book review >

LOUISA by Louisa Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An elegant, deeply perceptive portrait."
The "vivid and propulsive" life of the wife of statesman and president John Quincy Adams. Read full book review >
A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Manaugh's authoritative writing wields a descriptive elegance, but while much in the book seems self-evident, he goes to great lengths to define it, and now and then, this laboring of the obvious results in unnecessary padding."
Manaugh (The BLDGBLOG Book, 2009) melds a romantic's taste for the furtive with the nitty-gritty of subverting architectural design in this fascinating, occasionally overfurnished examination of the art and science of burglary.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A solid overview for general readers."
Prizewinning journalist and Fox News political analyst Williams (Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, 2011, etc.) identifies more than two dozen individuals who helped shape modern America.Read full book review >

1941 by Marc Wortman
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging and well-researched look behind the scenes of an important historic era. Highly recommended."
A wide-ranging examination of America's entry into World War II as the Franklin Roosevelt administration juggled the demands of an isolationist Congress and voices urging early intervention. Read full book review >
TILL WE HAVE BUILT JERUSALEM by Adina Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Lovers of Jerusalem will feel right at home as Hoffman brings a small bit of its history to life."
Hoffman (My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, 2009, etc.) studies three very different architects responsible for the look of Jerusalem.Read full book review >
NOTHING EVER DIES by Viet Thanh Nguyen
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Essentially a critical study, Nguyen's work is a powerful reflection on how we choose to remember and forget."
A scholarly exploration of memory and the Vietnam War from an author "born in Vietnam but made in America." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A captivating history of two men who dramatically changed their contemporaries' view of the past."
Daring adventurers unearth a buried civilization. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Not entirely satisfying but an engaging true-crime tale nonetheless."
The true story of a serial killer in 1880s Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A polished, quick-moving work of historical biography."
A studied re-creation of the life of a Polish-born Jewish violinist who founded the Palestine Symphony Orchestra and saved hundreds of lives from the Nazis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Lively storytelling about complex theories and arcane dealmaking."
A journalist who has covered multibillion-dollar corporate mergers and acquisitions, many of them hostile, recounts how the dealmaking exploded onto the Wall Street scene during the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >