History Book Reviews (page 13)

THE AMERICAN PLATE by Libby H. O'Connell
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"O'Connell is a perky companion for this buffet of historical snacks."
History Channel and A&E Networks chief historian O'Connell uses food to chronicle the history of the United States. Read full book review >
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Malcolm Gaskill
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A comprehensive history of America's colonists, who struggled to separate while remaining English, and the English, who just wanted a cash cow."
Gaskill (Early Modern History/Univ. of East Anglia; Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction, 2010, etc.) studies the effects of 17th-century colonization on three generations of English in both England and America. Read full book review >

THREE MINUTES IN POLAND by Glenn Kurtz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An exhaustive, dogged work of genealogical research."
A deeply intimate, rigorously detailed study of a lost Jewish world revealed within three minutes of a home movie shot in a small Polish town in 1938. Read full book review >
HERZL'S VISION by Shlomo Avineri
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Rigorous research gathered in a succinct presentation renders this an excellent resource."
A fresh study of the deeply prescient thought of this visionary journalist, playwright and founding Zionist. Read full book review >
THE GOOD WAR by Jack Fairweather
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A thorough, elegant reassessment of America's 'irresistible illusion.'"
A reconsideration of "how the world's most powerful leaders plotted to build a new kind of nation in Afghanistan that was pure fantasy." Read full book review >

SHACKLETON by Michael Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An illuminating perspective of the man, his mission and the era in which he lived."
"[Ernest] Shackleton today is a cult figure who has assumed a mythical, almost saintly status," writes journalist Smith (Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers, 2010, etc.) in this fascinating exploration of the man behind the myth.Read full book review >
WHY WE LOST by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"With vigorous, no-nonsense prose and an impressive clarity of vision, this general does not mince blame in this chronicle of failure."
A former commander of advisory teams in Iraq and Afghanistan offers historical perspective and a forthright breakdown of the failure of those conflicts. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN DEPRESSION by James Grant
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A solid effort at portraying the muted spell that opened the Roaring '20s and at arguing for more trust in the self-healing properties of the business cycle."
Financial journalist Grant (Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster, 2011) examines an economic trough that ended without government intervention.Read full book review >
THE STRANGER by Chuck Todd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Without much hard news that hasn't been written about elsewhere and not the equal of David Remnick's The Bridge (2010) in literary merit. Yet, both timely and pragmatic, this book is sure to attract attention."
A biography of the sitting president, who, by the author's account, would rather be anywhere but Washington, D.C.—or at least, doing anything but practicing politics as usual. Read full book review >
MARCO POLO by John Man
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Marvelous tales that first inspired the Western traveler to see and learn more."
British historian Man (Samurai: A History, 2014, etc.) chronicles his journey to Asia where Marco Polo first led the Western traveler. The book was first published in the U.K. in 2009 as Xanadu.Read full book review >
NAVY SEALS by Dick Couch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Entertaining, no-nonsense balancing of legends and martial reality."
Developmental narrative of the esteemed Navy SEALs, co-written by a former member. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN SOLDIERS by John McCain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Deeply personal stories that track real soldiers through conditions of trying morale."
A patriotic though unsentimental look at the major wars fought by the United States as told through the difficult experiences of ordinary soldiers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >