History Book Reviews (page 13)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A valuable biography of an important figure in a distant, violent, barely comprehensible era."
Biography of William Marshal (1146-1219), Earl of Pembroke, the epitome of medieval chivalry, who battled for great kings (Henry II, Richard the Lionheart) and the not-so-great (Henry III). Read full book review >
ALL EYES ARE UPON US by Jason Sokol
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"With sharp research and insights, Sokol follows this blithe and self-congratulatory legacy through the election of President Barack Obama."
Sokol (History/Univ. of New Hampshire; There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975, 2006) exposes the troubled truth about the North's racial integration.Read full book review >

CHRISTENDOM DESTROYED by Mark Greengrass
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A tour de force of scholarship that begins with a gradual and accessible buildup and then descends, like the century, into a convulsion of dynastic entanglements."
Greengrass (Emeritus, Early Modern History/Univ. of Sheffield; Living with Religious Diversity in Early Modern Europe, 2009, etc.) reaches deeply behind the early myth of a united Europe.Read full book review >
SNOW AND STEEL by Peter Caddick-Adams
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Filling over 800 pages, Caddick-Adams casts a wide net, delving deep into the background, conduct, consequences and even historiography of this iconic battle, so even experienced military buffs will find plenty to ponder."
A comprehensive account of the bloodiest battle in American history. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TIME by Marina Warner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Both a beguiling appreciation of and a fascinating tour through faery, this offers riches aplenty for lovers of fantasy fiction, children's literature and the tales themselves."
This literary and cultural history of our engagement with, mostly, European fairy tales may be short, but it is far from slight. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A well-documented, evenhanded work that will delight urban scholars and lay travelers."
Ten vibrant cities across the globe tell the story of British imperialism in terms more nuanced and complicated than simply being good or bad. Read full book review >
THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR by David Green
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Green holistically explores aspects of the war's effects with exceptionally thorough research on subjects as diverse as the Catholic Church, women, peasants and even language."
In this new, refreshing look at the Hundred Years' War, Green (Edward the Black Prince: Power in Medieval Europe, 2007) examines the resulting reconstruction of European culture.Read full book review >
DIRTY OLD LONDON by Lee Jackson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A well-researched, if unpalatable, picture of a filthy city and the different factions fighting for and against reform using class distinctions, gender inequality and horrendous poor laws. Jackson strongly warns us that the problem isn't solved; the great sewer project is desperately outdated, and the 'clean air' is anything but."
Victorianist Jackson (Walking Dickens' London, 2012) demonstrates the unimaginable filth that permeated London during the 19th century.Read full book review >
ARTISTS UNDER HITLER by Jonathan Petropoulos
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A persuasive, nuanced and surprising picture of German culture under the Nazis."
Petropoulos (History/Claremont McKenna Coll.; Royals and the Reich: The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany, 2006, etc.) questions the prevalent assumption that Nazis denigrated modernism and quashed evidence of avant-garde movements in the arts.Read full book review >
BEN-GURION by Anita Shapira
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A brief but full-color biography of an essential leader."
In her valuable new biography, Shapira (Emerita, Humanities/Tel Aviv Univ.; Israel: A History, 2012) provides a concise appraisal of a founding father of the nation that was once only the dream of generations.Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF ZION by Adam Rovner
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"A conceptually challenging intellectual history of the global search for a Jewish homeland."
Travel down some of the lesser-known roads to Jerusalem with an expert guide. Read full book review >
GAY BERLIN by Robert Beachy
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A brave new work of compelling research."
An elucidating, somewhat startling study of how early German tolerance and liberalism encouraged homosexual expression. 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 >