History Book Reviews (page 13)

BLITZED by Norman Ohler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Written with dramatic flair (Ohler has published several novels in Germany), this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich."
An intense chronicle of "systematic drug abuse" in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
FALLEN GLORY by James Crawford
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A well-written prize for students of history, archaeology, and urban planning."
A searching survey of some of humankind's greatest architectural accomplishments. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE OF MEMORY by John Freely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A text that will appeal to those fond of memoirs about coming of age in the Depression and World War II."
The nonagenarian author of scores of books about travel and history returns with a memoir about his boyhood, youth, and World War II. Read full book review >
WE DO OUR PART by Charles Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A cogent and meaningful call for citizens to share the benefits and burdens of a unified society—hopefully an argument that isn't already past its sell-by date."
A legendary journalist offers a plea for national civility and unity rooted in the ethos of the New Deal. Read full book review >
BOSTON'S MASSACRE by Eric Hinderaker
NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2017

"While occasionally bogged down in detail, this study of the lead-up to the American Revolution effectively explores the major players and difficult conditions."
A new history of "perhaps the most densely described incident in early American history." Read full book review >

YITZHAK RABIN by Itamar Rabinovich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2017

"Ideologues may well find reason to argue with the biography's analysis of its subject's life and death, but it puts the complexities of his career and achievement in fresh perspective."
A political biography of a pragmatic centrist who paid with his life when the center could not hold. Read full book review >
CLEMENT ATTLEE by John Bew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"The 'invisible man' gets his well-deserved due in this thorough new biography."
Detailed, philosophical biography of the unprepossessing, longtime leader of the British Labour Party, who laid out a "new deal" for the postwar Britons and cut imperial ties. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"Though the narrative is occasionally as dense as a rain forest, it will be rich and rewarding for the determined explorer."
A philosophically and academically rigorous argument that charts one way to political reconciliation in these divisive times. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"A small book, but powerful all out of proportion to its size in exposing a shameful history."
Mr. Hitler, meet Justice Holmes. Read full book review >
ORDINARY JEWS by Evgeny Finkel
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"Of much interest to students of modern history but also to those engaged in humanitarian relief efforts, refugee relocation, and the like."
A political scientist turns fresh eyes on the problem of how European Jews responded to the Holocaust as it was unfolding. Read full book review >
CIVIL WARS by David Armitage
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An erudite work by a top-shelf scholar."
A probing examination of the history of civil war and why it matters to define it precisely. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"There are countless kernels of amazing achievement and courage throughout this jam-packed, engaging history."
A history of the federal push to bolster women's rights from successive presidents since John F. Kennedy—and the resulting clashes with traditional conservative constituencies. 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 >