History Book Reviews (page 10)

STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by George Prochnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An uneven but candid testament of two men passionately trying to revive and reimagine Judaism."
A convert to Judaism was deeply influenced by a prolific Jewish intellectual. Read full book review >
IKE AND MCCARTHY by David A. Nichols
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A thorough, well-written, and surprising picture of a man who was much more than a 'do-nothing' president."
New insight into Dwight Eisenhower's silent methods of facing down enemies, particularly Joseph McCarthy. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"A compelling history of a nation grappling with the moral and legal freedoms that the founders strived to ensure."
Sexual expression, obscenity, contraception, and abortion are the focus of this wide-ranging legal, political, and social history. Read full book review >
HELL'S TRACES by Victor Ripp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An idiosyncratic work striving for sense and meaning from a family record of enormous loss and obfuscation."
A personal attempt to tackle emotionally the Nazi roundup of a 3-year-old relative to the concentration camps. Read full book review >
HIDDEN ONES by Marcia Fine
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2017

"A superb read about the sufferings of a crypto-Jewish matriarch in the 17th century."
This saga of crypto-Jews (conversos) during the Inquisition in Mexico holds lessons and warnings for all.Read full book review >

TIN-CAN CANUCKS by S.D. Campbell
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2017

"A breathtaking display of erudition that targets the scholarly expert."
An exhaustive history of the Canadian destroyer warship, a portal into the development of the nation's navy as a whole. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A new light on the Roosevelt clan that serves as illumination of the short life of an unhappy man."
An exploration of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) and her idealization of the father she hardly knew. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Given the complications of writing a comprehensive book about an octopuslike agency, Weinberger handles the material well. At times, though, the reading feels like parsing a government agency annual report."
A journey through "the agency responsible for some of the most important military and civil technologies of the past hundred years." Read full book review >
PRINTER'S ERROR by Rebecca Romney
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"A spritely visit to the land of rare books."
The role of printed books in Western civilization recounted in diverting essays that recapitulate some significant events in the annals of bibliomania. Read full book review >
WORD BY WORD by Kory Stamper
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"Those aficionados who love words and the language or who are big-time Scrabble fans will love this book, while others will feel like they're in over their heads."
Strange words and how to find them. Read full book review >
THE CREATIVE SPARK by Agustín Fuentes
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though the science can get a little lite, this offers an informative, readable introduction to recent scholarship on the anthropology of creativity."
An anthropologist ponders the better angels of our nature—the ones armed with paintbrushes, notebooks, cameras, and plowshares. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Lyndal Roper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An engaging, enlightening study of the historical effects of one galvanizing personality."
A substantial new look at the life of Martin Luther (1483-1546), published to coincide with the 500-year anniversary of his revolutionary theses. 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 >