History Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >
THE ICON HUNTER by Tasoula Hadjitofi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intimate trek into the venal world of art looting and selling."
A Greek Cypriot refugee in the Netherlands chronicles her fierce determination to return stolen artifacts to her country through years of dangerous underworld operations. Read full book review >

IT'S UP TO THE WOMEN by Eleanor Roosevelt
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Roosevelt's advice may no longer be strictly relevant, but the book is still valuable as a historical document."
Eleanor Roosevelt's first book, a tract of practical advice aimed at women, is back in print. Read full book review >
WILLOUGHBYLAND by Matthew Parker
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"An engaging pursuit through history and geography, terminating in the human heart of darkness."
A varied, often fascinating search for the history and remains of England's 17th-century South American colony in what is now Suriname. Read full book review >
MADNESS RULES THE HOUR by Paul Starobin
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A dramatic and engaging addition to Civil War studies that serves as a fitting bookend paired with Jay Winik's account of the end of the war, April 1865 (2001)."
It was 1860 in Charleston, South Carolina, the political epicenter of the Old South, at a time of polarized partisanship. Things did not turn out well at all. Read full book review >

THE SOULS OF CHINA by Ian Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Engaging, timely, and humane."
An exploration of the role of faith in contemporary China. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"You must admire a man whose career advice included, 'I often say it's a gift to be fired at least once,' and 'it is always better to be rumored to work for the CIA than to actually be employed there.'"
A man of many contradictions looks back on a lifetime of service to people in the public and private sectors. Read full book review >
THE HOLOCAUST by Laurence Rees
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, concise, evenhanded work, essential for libraries and schools."
A magnificent new history that tracks the gradual evolution of the Final Solution. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2017

"Anderson provides plenty of fodder for academic audiences."
An exuberant tour of cities, real and imaginary, far and wide. Read full book review >
THE HELLO GIRLS by Elizabeth  Cobbs
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2017

"A fresh, well-researched contribution to military and gender history."
As members of the Army's Signal Corps, women played a critical role in World War I. Read full book review >
PROTESTANTS by Alec Ryrie
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Rarely has an author of such deep faith offered such a tolerant, engaging history of any religion."
A learned, lively look at the various faiths lumped together as Protestant, from Martin Luther in the 16th century to today. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Bad behavior makes for entertaining history, and age has not diminished Norwich's skills, so readers may gnash their teeth but will continue to turn the pages."
In the decades after 1500, four energetic rulers jockeyed for pre-eminence in a turbulent Europe. 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 >