History Book Reviews (page 13)

STRANGE GODS by Susan Jacoby
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Jacoby draws the first detailed maps of a terrain that has been very much in need of intelligent, careful cartography."
In a work blending culture, religion, history, biography, and a bit of memoir (with more than a soupcon of attitude), the author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (2013, etc.) returns with a revealing historical analysis of religious conversions.Read full book review >
THE ROAD TAKEN by Henry Petroski
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Anyone with an interest in the way things work will want this book—and will doubtless emerge as a fan of the ever curious author."
Noted engineer and writer Petroski (Civil Engineering/Duke Univ.; To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, 2012, etc.) gives readers a characteristically eye-opening look at America's infrastructure.Read full book review >

MESA OF SORROWS by James F. Brooks
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"An occasionally repetitive but fully illuminating account for any who relish the rich history and traditions of the Hopi."
Rather than a tale of bloody carnage, Brooks (History and Anthropology/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands, 2002) delivers a sharp scholarly account of the Hopi and their history, myths, and traditions.Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE FOR SEA POWER by Sam Willis
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A page-turner that delivers an eye-opening history of the American Revolution from a different perspective, as well as surprising details of what Willis maintains was the greatest war of the age of sail."
A history of how the American revolt of 1775 evolved into a worldwide conflict. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"'I long for and seek after,' one fragment reads, serving well as an epigraph for this evocative book about a mysterious ancient literary figure."
From fragmentary sources, a classicist reconstructs the life and times of the poet Plato called the 10th Muse. Read full book review >

HOW TO BE A TUDOR by Ruth Goodman
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Fresh and illuminating history."
An intimate look inside the 16th-century household. Read full book review >
HAIR by Kurt Stenn
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A spirited, informative history of a fascinating fiber."
A hair-follicle scientist offers an edifying look at the biology, physiology, and history of hair. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN LAD by Eric Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A minor but solid, very well-written contribution to the vast literature surrounding Teddy Roosevelt."
A storied family is broken apart by its patriarch's devotion to war and the quest for honor. Read full book review >
REDEEMING THE GREAT EMANCIPATOR by Allen C. Guelzo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A clear, concise look at one aspect of Lincoln, the man and the president."
Lincoln scholar Guelzo (Civil War Era/Gettysburg Coll.; Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, 2013, etc.) explores race in America as an element of African-American history as affected by Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Declaration.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Far less edifying than the Constitutional Convention but equally crucial, the colorful machinations of our first Congress receive a delightful account that will keep even educated readers turning the pages."
While the Constitution outlined the theory of our nation, the obstreperous first Congress converted it to reality. It was not a pretty picture, and popular historian Bordewich (America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union, 2012, etc.) delivers an entertaining description of how "it transmuted the Constitution from a paper charter and a set of hopeful aspirations into the machinery of a functioning government."Read full book review >
BREAKTHROUGH by Nancy L. Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"In her brisk analysis, Cohen feels optimistic that the next election will cross 'a historic threshold.'"
Is America ready to elect Hillary Clinton? Read full book review >
THE POWER AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE by Peter Conti-Brown
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Generalists will appreciate Conti-Brown's gentle hand-holding, and specialists will argue over his analytical slant that dispenses with a narrow and legalistic view of what the Fed's all about."
An examination of the origins, evolution, structures, and functions of the American government's most opaque institution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >