History Book Reviews (page 12)

FRAUD by Edward J. Balleisen
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A touch arid at times, but overall a fascinating, illuminating look at bunko and the social conditions under which its practitioners operate—and flourish."
A broad-ranging study of the big swindle in American life over the last couple of centuries. Read full book review >
THE ALLURE OF BATTLE by Cathal J. Nolan
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read for students of military history."
Why wars are won not in a single decisive battle but over the long haul. Read full book review >

PATTON by Jim Sudmeier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A radical new biography that should interest historians, military strategists, and psychologists."
A revisionist history of Gen. George S. Patton that attributes his famously erratic behavior to a personality disorder. Read full book review >
BEARS IN THE STREETS by Lisa Dickey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An affecting travelogue that reveals true Russian personality."
Adventures in Russia over three trips in 20 years. Read full book review >
THE PEN AND THE BRUSH by Anka Muhlstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An enlightening exploration of the symbiotic relationship between art and literature."
How hundreds of stolen paintings affected 19th-century French writers. Read full book review >

THOMAS JEFFERSON—REVOLUTIONARY by Kevin R.C. Gutzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Written in academic prose, this book, which shows Jefferson to be a man of his times, brilliant yet flawed, will appeal primarily to scholars."
Just how revolutionary and radical was Thomas Jefferson? Read full book review >
HELL NO by Tom Hayden
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Movement-builders of today will want to take note of Hayden's thoughtful look back."
"Hell, no, we won't go!" Recently deceased politician and one-time radical leader Hayden (Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters, 2015, etc.) sounds a cri di antiguerre for the movement that helped halt America's misadventure in Vietnam. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF CAESAR by Plutarch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If crucifixions and ferocious street fighting no longer characterize contemporary politics, Plutarch's rivalrous, 'inglorious' world in discomfiting ways echoes through our own time."
The estimable Greek historian depicts ancient Rome's violent politics. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Kurlantzick's comprehensive account provides new insights into the CIA's objectives in the Laos war and the way that they were incorporated into its broader mission."
A history of the CIA's involvement in the Laos war and the effect it had on the structure and evolution of the organization and its future role in foreign conflicts. Read full book review >
EARNING THE ROCKIES by Robert D. Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A text both evocative and provocative for readers who like to think."
As our geography has long insulated us from foreign invasion, so has it shaped our temperament and enabled us to become a world power, a category we must modify but continue to inhabit. Read full book review >
BILL CLINTON by Michael Tomasky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Tomasky's slim, journalistic account contains few surprises for older readers familiar with that era, but they should wait a generation until the dust settles and scholars determine if Clinton deserves his current respectable rating in the pantheon of presidents."
The latest in the excellent American Presidents series explores the life and career of Bill Clinton (b. 1946). Read full book review >
THE TRUE FLAG by Stephen Kinzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A tremendously elucidating book that should be required reading for civics courses."
A timely work on the vociferous sides taken over the Spanish-American War of 1898—and how that history relates to the ongoing debate regarding American imperialism. 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 >