History Book Reviews (page 12)

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Often quirky but thoughtful—solid popular science."
An enthusiastic history of mankind in which DNA plays a far greater role than the traditional "bones and stones" approach, followed by a hopeful if cautionary account of what the recent revolution in genomics foretells. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTOR OF LIVES by Ingrid D. Rowland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Rowland and Charney do more than deliver a richly detailed life of this singular Renaissance figure. They raise intriguing questions about how tastes and standards develop."
The life and times of a true Renaissance man who knew everyone—and immortalized them forever. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An illuminating chronicle of several generations of resilient and beleaguered Chinese artists, with minibiographies, a helpful timeline, and extensive notes."
A well-grounded survey of the incredible courage of Chinese artists since the first flowering of the late 1970s and subsequent crackdowns. Read full book review >
ANGELS IN THE SKY by Robert Gandt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exciting military chronicle packed with well-documented, intimate portraits of a group of brave pilots."
Another look at the diverse collection of pilots who fought for Israeli independence, underscoring Nancy Spielberg's recent documentary, Above and Beyond, among other accounts. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther."
A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wise, thoughtful, and valuable, this book will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today."
The making of "five unforgettable leaders who lived, worked, struggled, and triumphed in different circumstances toward different ends." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A delight for New York aficionados. Every city needs a version of this artist and her book."
In busy cartoons and archly entertaining prose, New Yorker artist Wertz (Museum of Mistakes, 2014, etc.) serves up a grandly alternative history of Gotham. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A superb, alarming portrait of a government that exercises outsize influence in the modern world, at great human cost."
A brilliant if somber look at modern Russia, a failed democracy, by prizewinning journalist Gessen (The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
WITHDRAWAL by Gregory  Daddis
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Solid scholarly history that should arouse spirited arguments among historians and will also appeal to a wider audience."
A historical revision of the last few years of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
RUSSIA IN FLAMES by Laura  Engelstein
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"A comprehensive, ideologically detached, and enormously enlightening work of Russian history."
A simultaneously sweeping and focused history of the Bolshevik Revolution as a brutal co-opting of the legitimate democratic groundswell. Read full book review >
A WORLD ABLAZE by Craig Harline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Though far from a complete history and not a source of new material, the book achieves Harline's stated goal of producing an approachable, worthwhile introduction to the beginnings of the Reformation."
Looking back on the birth of the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
TRACES OF VERMEER by Jane  Jelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Featuring wonderful illustrations, engaging prose, and a deep knowledge of the craft, this is a study in art history and methodology to delight an audience beyond just visual artists."
A painter of still life and landscape shares her theories and re-creations of Johannes Vermeer's artistic methods, primarily whether or not he used a camera obscura. 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 >