History Book Reviews (page 13)

HISTORY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Morton insists that Edward never really wanted to be king and implies that Simpson never wanted to marry him. A better book would begin in Spain and focus on the damning papers, saving readers all the silly bits and innuendo of Simpson's affairs."
Morton (William & Catherine: Their Story, 2011, etc.) takes a break from his unauthorized biographies of the rich and famous to dig into the archives regarding the incompetent King Edward VIII and his American wife, Wallis Simpson.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A lively tale of monarchical machinations, more familiar to American readers since The King's Speech."
A spirited historical lesson that traces how the fallout from the abdication crisis of Edward VIII in 1936 ultimately aided England in its finest hour. Read full book review >

AMERICAN VANDAL by Roy Morris Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A brisk narrative and sensitive insights make this book a delight."
The story of the beloved American novelist's nearly 12 years abroad. Read full book review >
BECOMING MADISON by Michael Signer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A perfect introduction to a deeply private and immensely important man."
An attorney and author looks at the early life and career of our fourth president. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2015

"A roundabout historical lesson that employs the classical texts with irony and irreverence."
Georgetown University provost and author O'Donnell (The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History, 2008, etc.) offers a revisionist tour of the reach and purpose of the gods for the Romans, from the height of Rome's temple building by Augustus in 17 B.C. to the Christian incursions of the A.D. fourth century.Read full book review >

THE WAR THAT FORGED A NATION by James M. McPherson
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2015

"These authoritative essays, most of which appeared previously in various formats, will appeal mainly to serious students and specialists."
A pre-eminent historian reflects on the Civil War's lasting impact on the nation. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 3, 2015

"An illuminating book of American history in which the author discloses the true heroes—the ordinary citizens who defeated these acts—while showing just how the concept of 'government of the people' works."
Slack (Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon, 2004, etc.) engagingly reveals how the Federalist attack on the First Amendment almost brought down the Republic.Read full book review >
FOLLIES OF GOD by James Grissom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"There have been plenty of books written about Williams over the past three decades, but few weave so many voices into an original and compelling portrait. Grissom honors the life and achievement of his doomed correspondent."
One of America's greatest playwrights as seen by himself and his many muses. Read full book review >
CONFUCIUS by Michael Schuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A plodding look at the many views of this enduring moralist."
A determined yet not exactly fresh look at this "hopelessly authoritarian, misogynistic, and conservative" sage, whose ideas have nonetheless endured and thrived in East Asia. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 3, 2015

"A great conversation starter with plenty of room for more research and elaboration.
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Boin (Ancient and Late Antique Mediterranean History/Saint Louis Univ.; Ostia in Late Antiquity, 2013) puts forth a different perception of early Roman Christians and their effects on the empire.Read full book review >
THE DISINHERITED by Robert Sackville-West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Sympathetic to the protagonists' plight, Sackville-West hones a well-crafted narrative of intrigue, betrayal and greed."
An aristocratic family's scandalous past. Read full book review >
ROOSEVELT AND STALIN by Susan Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A thorough account of the alliance between two very different leaders, although written with an extreme pro-Soviet tilt."
A comprehensive study of the wartime cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union, as directed by Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >