History Book Reviews (page 2)

MOSCOW NIGHTS by Nigel Cliff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sweeping history combines with a sensitive rendering of Cliburn's extraordinary passion."
The glorious career of the Texan pianist who captured Russian hearts during the Cold War era. Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SPY WAR by John A. Nagy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A knowledgeable study of Washington's extensive 'bag of tricks' to secure victory."
One intriguing, little-known facet of the first general of the Continental Army: his wholehearted embrace of the art of deception against the British. Read full book review >

THE SULTAN AND THE QUEEN by Jerry Brotton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An erudite work that presents a fresh facet to Elizabeth's reign."
An intriguing look at England's contact with the Ottoman Empire and its enormous influence on Elizabethan commerce and culture, especially the theater. Read full book review >
A KINGDOM OF THEIR OWN by Joshua Partlow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An excellent introduction to the Karzai family and to the disastrous consequences of the Americans' inadequate understanding of Afghan culture."
A summary and analysis of the United States' troubled relationship with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and his sprawling, influential family. Read full book review >
PEARL HARBOR by Craig Nelson
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Although Gordon Prange's At Dawn We Slept (1981) is showing its age, it remains the best source on the run-up to the attack. Nelson covers this admirably but comes into his own when the fireworks begin."
Bookshelves groan with accounts of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and its aftermath, but readers will not regret this thick new contribution to the literature. Read full book review >

SOMME by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"A beautifully crafted, blow-by-blow account with deep insight into the lives of these diverse young men."
A painstaking chronological account of the hideously marred attack on the German entrenchments at the Somme, July-September 1916. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"McAuliffe creates an expansive landscape in her examination of a transformative decade."
A vivid chronicle of 10 roiling years in Paris. Read full book review >
1956 by Simon Hall
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"An impressive history of a year's political tensions, necessarily limited in focus but still sweeping and in-depth."
A year of dramatic changes around the world. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An intriguing, though perhaps incomplete, look at two cultures colliding and coexisting."
An exploration of the effects of Roman-era culture on Judaism. Read full book review >
ADOLFO KAMINSKY by Sarah Kaminsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Writing in Adolfo's voice gives this suspenseful narrative candor and immediacy."
A brilliant forger's 29-year resistance against oppression. Read full book review >
INDELIBLE INK by Richard Kluger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book of American history for all, but lawyers and journalists will especially appreciate it."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian looks back at the 1730s, when a single court case established the first step toward freedom of the press. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"History and biography lacking in intellectual curiosity or a coherent overarching concept."
Three mid-19th-century leaders shape their countries' destinies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >