History Book Reviews (page 13)

THE MISTRESS OF PARIS by Catherine Hewitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A thoroughly researched and clearly written account of a determined and talented woman and of an era."
A biographer debuts with the astonishing story of Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne (1848-1910), who rose from poverty and prostitution to enormous wealth, influence, and controversy. Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Randall Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A fresh, invigorating history of philosophical and political struggles."
A vibrant history of the reception of Charles Darwin's ideas by American minds and spirits. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A well-researched, effectively presented piece of scholarship that forthrightly confronts slavery's brute essence."
What was the assigned value, the price tag, placed on the bodies of the enslaved? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An illuminating look at racial strife and TV history."
Memoir, history, and biography meld in this account of the creation of a famed civil rights documentary. Read full book review >
THE SECRET STATE by John Hughes-Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A vigorous survey with specific case studies and a useful bibliography for further study."
A nuts-and-bolts look at the history and uses of intelligence. Read full book review >

THE ORIGINAL BLACK ELITE by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2017

"Important research on an overlooked but significant figure."
A lively work chronicling the growth of the educated African-American movers and shakers in Washington, D.C., on the brink of renewed Jim Crow laws. Read full book review >
LIFE AT SEA by Monique Layton
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"An eccentric but enthralling look at the human conquest of the sea."
A wide-ranging account of the history of seafaring that incorporates economic, political, and sociological commentary. Read full book review >
THE PHARMACIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Patricia Posner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A gruesome story eloquently told."
Pursuing newly opened legal archives to expose the case of a Romanian-born German pharmacist who was key in dispensing Zyklon B poison gas and attending to the selection process at Auschwitz. Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions."
A cogent argument that President Barack Obama has mostly succeeded in implementing his agenda. Read full book review >
MARVELLOUS THIEVES by Paulo Lemos Horta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An insightful examination of a significant literary work and the fraught complexities of translation."
From its origin, the Thousand and One Nights has been frequently translated, embellished, and transformed. Read full book review >
NO WALL TOO HIGH by Xu Hongci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An often harrowing, valuable account for students of daily life in the early years of the period culminating in China's little-documented civil war of the 1970s."
An early victim of Mao Zedong's totalitarian regime is swept up in a time of terror. Read full book review >
IMPRISONED by Arturo Benvenuti
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Stark renderings that go beyond simple aesthetic judgment produced by some of the artists who perished in concentration camps."
A visual testament to the horrors of Nazi cruelty is revived a generation after it first appeared. 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 >