History Book Reviews (page 12)

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A chilling tale vividly told."
The story of the Nazis' international bank robberies. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE AGES by Johannes Fried
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A dense, often ponderous work from a deeply erudite scholar."
A revisionist study of the medieval era as representing a process of consolidation and transformation that eventually yielded the Renaissance. Read full book review >

LINCOLN'S POLITICAL THOUGHT by George Kateb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An erudite work that gently unravels the great man's distortions and political expediency. Though it may prove recondite for a general audience, the book is compelling throughout."
A sincere attempt to make peace with Abraham Lincoln's written political thought leads the distinguished Princeton academic into reflective, occasionally troubled waters. Read full book review >
JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
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Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"An often engaging book that shows readers the beginnings of the great voyages and the ancient symbols of seafaring communication."
An informed, freethinking re-creation of ancient trade routes, rooted in research and serious fieldwork. Read full book review >

John Wesley and Universalism by James A. Ellison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"A deep meditation on Wesley's accomplishments likely to inspire lively debate within the Methodist tradition."
A groundbreaking new study of John Wesley's theology. Read full book review >
WATERLOO by Gordon Corrigan
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 5, 2014

"A superb addition to an overstuffed genre."
Two centuries have not diminished the avalanche of books on this subject, but even history buffs familiar with the two generals and their epic 1815 encounter will not regret choosing this one. Read full book review >
HER BRILLIANT CAREER by Rachel Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Cooke's history of these uncelebrated heroines admirably fills in the gaps in the continuing story of women's role in the workplace."
British journalist Cooke recounts the stories of 10 women whose personal and professional lives shattered the common image of a repressed 1950s homemaker. Read full book review >
WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR by Molly Guptill Manning
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A fresh perspective on the trials of war and the power of books."
How books raised spirits during World War II. Read full book review >
MODERNITY BRITAIN by David Kynaston
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"From Prince Charles' boarding school to the rise of Benny Hill: The Britain we know today takes shape in these pages. Monumental and highly readable."
Covering just five years in more than 900 pages, British historian Kynaston (Family Britain, 1951-1957, 2009, etc.) continues his sprawling study of Britain from the end of World War II to the rise of Margaret Thatcher.Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF COTTON by Sven Beckert
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Of narrower interest than Monied Metropolis but a valuable contribution all the same."
Beckert (History/Harvard Univ.; The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850-1896, 2001) writes convincingly of cotton as the impetus for a world-system kind of capitalism.Read full book review >
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE WORLD? by Andrew Lawler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion."
The title tells all in this comprehensive account of how an anti-social south Asian fowl became the world's favorite food. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >