History Book Reviews (page 12)

IN THE SHADOW OF STATUES by Mitch Landrieu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A powerful, welcome manifesto in the cause of a new and better South—and a 'better America.'"
"Has the white South truly reckoned with the Civil War?" The mayor of New Orleans, scion of an old progressive family, writes of the controversy surrounding his city's removal of monuments to the Confederacy. Read full book review >
PICASSO AND THE PAINTING THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD by Miles J. Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A fine, if familiar, portrayal of a bold, vulnerable, questing artist."
Pablo Picasso's artistic evolution culminated in one huge, irreverent, iconoclastic painting. Read full book review >

Released: March 13, 2018

"More of a well-informed handbook of effective resistance than a call to arms."
A brief survey from the front lines of resistance by an author whose experience gives her a variety of perspectives. Read full book review >
NO TURNING BACK by Rania Abouzeid
Released: March 13, 2018

"An eye-opening account of those who 'played a pivotal role in the revolution's trajectory.'"
Harrowing reporting from the front lines of the civil war in Syria. Read full book review >
GIBRALTAR by Roy Adkins
Released: March 13, 2018

"The story is as compelling as it is fantastic—page-turning history of one of the most important eras of Western civilization."
The husband-and-wife historian team once again exhibit their talent for enlivening British history. Read full book review >

FROM THE LEFT by Bill Press
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A lively and refreshing memoir."
A politically liberal radio and TV host reflects on his unconventional career path. Read full book review >
DISAPPOINTMENT RIVER by Brian Castner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A vital addition to the library of the far north and of exploration."
"Fierce winter never relented": searching for a little-known explorer who left his name on many places, themselves little known, in the Canadian Arctic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A fascinating look at the adventures of remarkably resilient men, so well-related as to make you feel the chill."
Pulitzer Prize winner Larson (History and Law/Pepperdine Univ.; The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, 2014, etc.) records the three most important expeditions during a highly significant year in polar exploration. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN'S HOUR by Elaine Weiss
Released: March 6, 2018

"Although the outcome of the Tennessee drama is obvious—after all, we all know the amendment was ratified—Weiss expertly builds the suspense, and the closeness of the eventual vote by the Tennessee legislature adds to the drama."
A history of the political battle in Tennessee in 1920 over the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Dictators have never looked so educated."
A singular look at how dictators have gained control through literature. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY MEDICI by Mary Hollingsworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence."
A fascinating warts-and-all history of the rise and fall of the Medici. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Well-rendered popular American history that also speaks to present-day issues."
An eerily timely account of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission. 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 >