History Book Reviews (page 11)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Kitfield gets inside the U.S. military 'brotherhood' to produce an engaging and chilling report."
A compelling chronological examination of the new intelligence-driven, multiagency counterterrorism model the U.S. military now uses to meet the "Age of Superterrorism." Read full book review >
BLACK ELK by Joe Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Of much literary and historical merit and a fine addition to the shelves of anyone interested in this part of America's unhappy past."
Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay "one of the twentieth century's most important documents on Native American culture." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"If DeWees' goal is to encourage 'a bookshelf full of new titles,' she succeeds in planting the seed that there are many treasures out there waiting for a second chance."
Debut author DeWees brings back to life seven Victorian women writers with the hope of proving them worthy of shelf space alongside Austen and the Brontës. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though oddly selective—the battles of Leyte Gulf and the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa are barely mentioned—this is a thoroughly satisfying account of the final years of World War II."
A skillful history of the final days of World War II, during which "America mastered the vast geopolitics of the Pacific." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"This first-rate journey into human trafficking, slavery, and familial bonding is an engrossing example of spirited, determined reportage."
A consummate chronicler of the American South spotlights the extraordinary history of two kidnapped African-American brothers enslaved as a circus sideshow act. Read full book review >

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS by Paul Staiti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A lively, splendid history that captures the times with insight, acumen, and a juggler's finesse."
How American art inspired a young country. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An entertaining history that could have more potently exemplified power and oppression in turn-of-the-century America."
How scandals undermined the success of a world's fair that ushered in a new century. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Despite the gossipy bits, the research is impressive, and Sebba offers balance to the plethora of war histories featuring the roles of men. The book has ample material for lively discussion in women's studies classes."
An extensively researched cultural history of Paris from 1939 to 1949, covering events leading to the fall of Paris, its occupation by the Nazis, and the early postwar years. Read full book review >
LOVE FOR SALE by David Hajdu
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A highly learned pleasure for music and pop-culture buffs."
Strolling through the archives of pop music history with an experienced guide. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON by Shaun Assael
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Assael offers a good starting point for another book to build on his revelations."
ESPN investigative reporter Assael (Steroid Nation, 2007, etc.) builds a strong case that the boxer was murdered, but why and by whom remains a mystery. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An endlessly fascinating kaleidoscope of American history. A fantastic historical resource."
From the Dutch to the British, featuring a concentration on the waves of Irish and German in the late 19th century, this thoroughgoing work offers a host of immigrant sagas that were integral to the creation of the New York City cauldron. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A gripping page-turner that thrills like fiction."
The story of desperate East Germans crossing over, digging under, and crashing through the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >