History Book Reviews (page 11)

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"The CIA may value this deferential piece of institutional history, but civilian readers will learn little of interest from it."
A history of the president's secret daily national security summary. Read full book review >
WISDOM'S WORKSHOP by James Axtell
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched and vigorous history of an institution that has 'gained new vigor and proliferated progeny not only in the United States but around the globe.'"
A celebration of America's elite research universities. Read full book review >

THE RISE OF A PRAIRIE STATESMAN by Thomas J. Knock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A fine, steady study sets the stage for the second volume: running for president in 1972."
The first volume in the biography of George McGovern (1922-2012). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"At a time when American foreign policy often seems adrift, the authors' vigorous advocacy of a renewed clear-headed engagement with allies is a bracing contribution to discussions of this ongoing conundrum."
An indictment of America's neglect of its global web of alliances. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A solid, fact-filled study, especially relevant for those who thought life was better then."
Diplomatic and cultural historian Weisbrode (Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI, 2013, etc.) recounts the turmoil of 1946 and the Americans who just wanted to return to a life of security.Read full book review >
ALGERIAN DIARY by Gerald Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"As if to make up for the lack of appreciation during Kearns' life, Davis offers a loving tribute to a fearless reporter."
Containing unedited journal entries and copious explanatory chapters, this book offers a rare glimpse at a legendary journalist at work during the earliest days of TV. Read full book review >
STAND BY ME by Jim Downs
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"An intelligent and thought-provoking though somewhat limited addition to the historical record of the gay liberation movement."
Downs (History/Connecticut Coll.; Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction, 2012, etc.) aims to dispel the misconception that gay liberation in the 1970s was primarily focused on sexual freedom. Read full book review >
STRANGE GLOW by Timothy J. Jorgensen
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"A seismic piece of scientific inquiry, top shelf in narrative style and illumination."
An examination of the nature of radiation and the history of our understanding of the process. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC by Jonathan Dimbleby
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"Recent historians such as Clay Blair emphasize that the Allied supply line was never seriously in jeopardy, but Dimbleby sticks to the traditional cliffhanger version, delivering a gripping history overflowing with anecdotes and enough calamity, misery, explosions, and individual valor for a Hollywood disaster epic."
A fine account of the brutal sea campaign against Nazi Germany, from writer and broadcaster Dimbleby (Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"A worthwhile contribution to our ongoing national debate about the balance between national security and privacy and about the line between sedition and dissent."
Who poses the greater threat to the United States: the spymasters and their "enormous power" or the leakers "who occasionally expose them?" Read full book review >
LANDSCAPES OF COMMUNISM by Owen Hatherley
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"A wonderfully accessible, compelling guide to these Eastern European cities."
An erudite and surprising study of what Soviet-era buildings said about the beliefs and hopes of the citizens. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >