History Book Reviews (page 2)

THE WRITTEN WORLD by Martin  Puchner
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lucid entertainment for the humanists in the audience."
The world is shaped by books, and human history by texts sacred and profane: so this thoughtful treatise by the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature. Read full book review >
THE LAST SHERIFF IN TEXAS by James P.  McCollom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Of interest to students of Texas history as well as aspiring law enforcement officers, who should read it as an example of how not to conduct themselves."
A true-crime story centering on a South Texas lawman who became a law unto himself. Read full book review >

QUEEN VICTORIA'S MATCHMAKING by Deborah Cadbury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An instructive European history that effectively shows 'the influence of [Victoria's] matchmaking on the remarkable rise of the royal dynasty.'"
Digging deeper into Queen Victoria's extensive brood, their intermarriages, and their wars. Read full book review >
THE MAFIA'S PRESIDENT by Don Fulsom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A pulpy book that plays out historical conspiracy theory with a chilling specificity."
Recounting Richard Nixon's ties to mobsters, malfeasance, and, potentially, the John F. Kennedy assassination. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For finance wonks, a good-as-gold tome as imposing as the institution it covers—and with every promise of enduring accordingly."
Social historian Kynaston (Modernity Britain: 1957-1962, 2014, etc.) moves into fiscal realms with this overstuffed history of one of the world's most important financial institutions. Read full book review >

BLACK TUDORS by Miranda  Kaufmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An eminently readable book that offers contemporary readers valuable insights into racial relations of centuries past."
An intriguing history of Africans in Tudor England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Capably written and argued, though only the future will tell whether the elegy for the Republican establishment is premature."
A thoughtful political biography of two dynasts of a now-receding generation of politicians. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A careful, circumstantial study that compares favorably to Theodore H. White's presidents series and that politics junkies will find irresistible."
An excellent account of the 1968 presidential race, a political season of spoilers, outsiders, and broken machines eerily like our own time. Read full book review >
THE MAYFLOWER by Rebecca Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The story of the Winslows is an effective way to experience the emotions and fears of the small band who dauntlessly sailed off to the New World."
Fraser (The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present, 2005, etc.) personalizes the legend of the Pilgrims by focusing on Edward Winslow and family and their voyage from England to Holland to Plymouth. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL RELATIVE by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book."
The bestselling immersion journalist embarks on a world-spanning journey of family and genealogy. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Travel writing about places no one can travel."
Traveling through the islands of myth and fantasy with a guide who does his best to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. Read full book review >
THE DAWN WATCH by Maya Jasanoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An insightful perspective on Conrad's life and turbulent times."
An absorbing biography melds history and literary analysis. 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 >