History Book Reviews (page 12)

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Kaag's lively prose, acute self-examination, unfolding romance, and instructive history of philosophy as a discipline make for a surprisingly absorbing book."
A compelling hybrid combining memoir, a dramatic narrative about saving an endangered rare book collection, and the intellectual history of philosophy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis."
Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A fine new account of an unnecessary crisis that 'scattered dragon's teeth on all-too-fertile soil,' which 'would bear gruesome fruit for decades.'"
A tale of political bungling with tragic consequences on two continents. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"There's a vacancy in the Graveyard Apartment. Just not the one the author intended."
A too-good-to-be-true apartment turns out to be exactly that for a young Japanese family in this supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
SPIES IN PALESTINE by James Srodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Srodes establishes Sarah's bravery, but she remains a mysterious presence, overshadowed by her brother."
A brief history of Jewish spies aiding the British in Palestine. Read full book review >

CALIPHATE by Hugh Kennedy
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers."
A mostly nonpolemical survey of the history of caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF AMERICAN SPORTS IN 100 OBJECTS by Cait Murphy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enjoyable romp through the things that helped make the sports we love."
An episodic, somewhat gimmicky, but always engaging history of American sports through material culture. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF GIANTS by Max Adams
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Myth and ancient magic meet with solid historical ground in Adams' voyage through a largely forgotten age."
This is no ordinary history of the Dark Ages but rather a confounding, engrossing amalgamation of information and beauty. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Certainly flawed, but it should appeal to readers who enjoy a good adventure and/or war story."
The story of how one man's struggle to free his family after the fall of the Philippines in World War II inspired him to create new weapons systems that hastened the Allied victory. Read full book review >
GUILTY THING by Frances Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A new, but not revisionist, portrait of a troubled artist."
The trials and passions of the romantic essayist and memoirist. Read full book review >
MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY by Edward Sorel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"What was then labeled 'the worst case of dynamite in Hollywood history' seems pretty tame today, but Sorel's command of tone and pen sustains readers' interest."
A charming slice of retro Hollywood tabloid scandal. Read full book review >
STALIN'S ENGLISHMAN by Andrew Lownie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A crack biography of a man who was a preposterous enigma."
A biography of "the most complex and enigmatic of the Cambridge Spies," a group of men recruited during the 1930s to spy for the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >