History Book Reviews (page 2)

SHOW TRIAL by Thomas Doherty
Released: April 10, 2018

"A thorough and lively chronicle of a shameful episode in American political and entertainment history."
At the start of the Cold War, anti-communist fervor focused on Hollywood. Read full book review >
HADRIAN'S WALL by Adrian Goldsworthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers will learn perhaps more about the wall's engineering than they want to know, but this is an appealing, detailed history of the largest monument left by the Roman Empire."
A slim, tight history of a Roman fortification that "is special because it is unlike any other Roman frontier." Read full book review >

THE CHINA MISSION by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"The definitive history of a failure from which the U.S. seemingly learned nothing (civil war in Vietnam was already heating up)."
A comprehensive history of one of the United States government's greatest diplomatic failures, presided over by one of the country's greatest diplomats. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A solid contribution to the history of technology and commerce, with broad implications for the present."
Mr. Owen, meet Mr. Colt: a wide-ranging if overlong history of the role of arms manufacturing in the Industrial Revolution. Read full book review >

Released: April 10, 2018

"A vigorous, well-written book that distills a complex history to a clash between two men without oversimplifying."
"To the Cherokee, balance was everything": a broad-ranging history of a political rivalry that upset the Cherokee world for more than a century across the face of North America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A great book for history fans seeking illumination on the connections of European royalty."
The story of how one remarkable woman's drive to survive secured the succession of the British crown to this day. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A fine work of scholarly detection, turning up a story that deserves to be much better known."
Intriguing history of the only U.S. government agency ever founded with the express purpose "to save the lives of civilians being murdered by a wartime enemy." Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2018

"Belew's impressive research effectively supports her hypothesis. A good launching point for even further intensive study."
Belew (History/Univ. of Chicago) pieces together evidence from primary and secondary sources to argue that the racist, anti-government, heavily armed white power movement is not what it seems. Read full book review >
Released: April 6, 2018

"As Cohen observes in this smart, useful account, the role of the U.S. in international affairs has been checkered, and it appears to be headed for a very bad patch indeed, given the current occupant of the White House."
Surveying American foreign policy and its discontents. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Informative biographical essays of influential women."
A group biography of women who created profound cultural changes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A well-researched, wonderfully told story of two women of their times."
An in-depth dual biography of two accomplished spinsters who never met. 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 >