History Book Reviews (page 13)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A must for car lovers and plenty of interesting material to keep other curious readers flipping pages."
A chronicle of the frantic, ultracompetitive, and heroic early days of automobile manufacturing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A good read for anyone interested in confidence men and the history of Wall Street."
The tale of an early-20th-century con man who swindled millions through horse racing, mining claims, and penny stocks. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Essential reading for anyone interested in World War II."
Award-winning military historian Beevor (The Second World War, 2012, etc.) examines the Battle of the Bulge in-depth, with a detailed order of battle for all the combatants, a full array of maps, and extensive quotations from original sources, including secretly taped comments by German officers in British POW camps.Read full book review >
ABDUCTING A GENERAL by Patrick Leigh Fermor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Though the kidnapping may have been unnecessary, Fermor loved adventure, and he recounts this one with heady enthusiasm."
The great travel writer recalls a daring mission during World War II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"There is so much information—much of it useful but some superfluous—that this could easily be used as a textbook. Tracking the characters, their treachery, and the many battles will tax many general readers."
Capponi (An Unlikely Prince: The Life and Times of Machiavelli, 2010, etc.), a descendant of one of Florence's most prominent families, has the inside track on the beginnings of the Medici rule and their patronage of the great rebirth of art and architecture.Read full book review >

THE AGE OF CATASTROPHE by Heinrich August Winkler
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A valuable contribution to world history as viewed from a non-Anglo-American perspective."
An appropriately vast history of the years between World War I and World War II, after which the "bipolar world" of today came into being. Read full book review >
ABBA EBAN by Asaf Siniver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Based on interviews with dozens of people and research in more than 20 archival collections, Siniver's sympathetic, cleareyed biography deserves to be called definitive."
The biography of a defender of Israel who advocated diplomacy over war. Read full book review >
POWER WARS by Charles Savage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A solid political exposé delivering news likely to please few—and certainly not the White House."
It costs $3 million per year to house a single prisoner at Guantánamo Bay and $30,000 per year to house a prisoner in a federal maximum security prison under similar conditions. Why, given that "spectacle of astronomical waste," hasn't Guantánamo been closed? Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"Rather than a nostalgic lament, this revelatory book celebrates an indelible cultural imprint."
An illuminating stroll through the decades of one of the most culturally significant streets in America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"The authors have pieced together an illuminating life portrait without extraneous biographical material, focusing intensely on their subject's belief in the strength of photographs."
A visual appreciation of "the most photographed American of the nineteenth century." Read full book review >
DEVOTION by Adam Makos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An account of a genuinely inspiring deed written as a breathless docudrama."
The story of a mission over North Korea in 1950 when, in an almost suicidally brave gesture, a Navy pilot tried to pull his friend from burning wreckage. Read full book review >
LONDON FOG by Christine L. Corton
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An eye-opening and highly readable picture of London's reactions to the killer fog that has characterized it for centuries."
Most readers would doubt that an entire book about fog could be interesting, but Corton, in her first publication, presents an intriguing biography of the weather effect that defined a national character. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >