History Book Reviews (page 11)

THE MECHANICAL HORSE by Margaret Guroff
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"A bright, enthusiastic cultural history."
Two hundred years of the bicycle in America. Read full book review >
BECOMING WISE by Krista Tippett
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"A hopeful consideration of the human potential for enlightenment."
Five key words serve as guideposts in a search for wisdom. Read full book review >

WHERE DIVERS DARE by Randall Peffer
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"A nicely handled work that moves back and forth between the two narratives and provides suspense and also a sense of compassion for the victims."
A documentation of the sinking of the German U-550 on April 16, 1944, in the North Atlantic and the gutsy American crew of deep-sea divers who finally located it in 2012.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A sympathetic but also gimlet-eyed scholar's look at a towering physical and political presence who learned, to his sorrow, that good intentions were insufficient."
Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and the War on Poverty have had mixed but lingering results, mostly positive. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S WAR FOR THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST by Andrew J. Bacevich
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"An immensely readable, nondidactic study of how 'perpetuating the War for the Greater Middle East is not enhancing American freedom, abundance, and security. If anything, it is having the opposite effect.'"
A critical examination of the four decades-long failed U.S. policy of using military force to solve the ongoing crises in the Middle East. Read full book review >

LEFT OF BOOM by John Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A highly amped, ————- book that ———- readers will find ————."
A heavily redacted tale of how recruiting sources within the Taliban from top-secret CIA encampments in Afghanistan is exhilarating but not conducive to maintaining healthy relationships back home. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2016

"An astute study that should provoke productive conversations."
An exploration of the changing motivation behind American Jewish foreign policy and humanitarianism. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by Paul Cartledge
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2016

"No library should be without this wonderful book, in which Cartledge has abundantly shared his love and knowledge of ancient Greece with us."
A compact but rich education in classics and democracy, from a leading expert who delights in his subject. Read full book review >
EYEING THE RED STORM by Robert M. Dienesch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"While WS-117L was not entirely successful, Dienesch asserts in this solid, specialized scholarly study, it laid the foundation for the U.S. space effort for the next 40 years."
A study of how the Dwight Eisenhower administration created the first U.S. satellite reconnaissance mission. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2016

"A well-forged thesis builds a strong argument for the ongoing significance of this foreign policy."
A sharply drawn contrast study of the twin engines behind America's post-World War II vision in foreign policy. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2016

"Though a balanced, objective study of the case would be useful and illuminating, Grumet does provide a readable look at the nitty-gritty of New York's political machine."
Post-mortem of an unusual Supreme Court case regarding the separation of church and state. Read full book review >
MISSION FAILURE by Michael Mandelbaum
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2016

"A skilled, persuasive appraisal of a unique moment in our foreign policy history."
An international affairs expert charts America's largely unsuccessful foreign interventions over the past 20 years. 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 >