History Book Reviews (page 2)

NINE IRISH LIVES by Mark Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Nine other writers might well have selected nine different subjects, which serves as a tribute to the indomitable Irish character and the transformational possibilities of America. This is a perfect St. Patrick's Day anthology for the Irish book lover on your gift list."
Essays on "nine Irish men and women [who] not only became American but also helped make America great." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An accessible and intriguing but not groundbreaking history of the growth of Christianity."
How Christianity conquered Western civilization. Read full book review >

LEFT BANK by Agnès Poirier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An animated, abundantly populated history of dramatic times."
A detailed chronicle of a decade alive with intellectual and political ferment. Read full book review >
THE DIVIDE by Jason Hickel
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Sure to distress the neoliberals in the audience but a powerful case for reform in the cause of economic justice."
A sharply argued analysis of the traditional explanations for wealth and poverty in the world, offering a program for easing misery while addressing structural inequalities. Read full book review >
A TASTE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL by Michael J.  Ryan
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Despite its appealing title, this is one primarily for the academic market—a good choice for classrooms."
Another look at Darwin's once-controversial theory of sexual selection, in which the author argues that sexual beauty is in the brain of the beholder. Read full book review >

FAREWELL TO THE HORSE by Ulrich Raulff
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A top-notch addition to the library of any cultured equestrian; highly readable from start to finish."
A fascinating canter through the history of horses and their dealings, for better or worse, with humans. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Interesting tittle-tattle for royal watchers."
The royal and celebrity biographer rehashes the tale of Wallis Simpson (1896-1986) and King Edward VIII (1894-1972), offering just a few new tidbits. Read full book review >
THE MARSHALL PLAN by Benn Steil
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Political history is often a tough slog, but Steil writes a vivid, opinionated narrative full of colorful characters, dramatic scenarios, villains, and genuine heroes, and the good guys won. It will be the definitive account for years to come."
A fresh perspective on the Marshall Plan, bringing "new material from American, Russian, German, and Czech sources." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Hardly revolutionary, but sensible advice on how to nurture creativity."
Examining the lives of serial innovators reveals strong commonalities. Read full book review >
PARTNER TO POWER by K. Ward Cummings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The author mostly gathers material from other historians, and his tendency to explain a president's choice as a consequence of parallel childhood trauma may remind readers of the Freudian psychobiographies that flourished in the mid-20th century. On the plus side, he writes well and delivers entertaining accounts that illuminate an important feature of American presidential politics."
Looking at the "extraordinary relationships" between a handful of presidents and their most trusted advisers. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF JUDAISM by Martin Goodman
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Well-written and exhaustively researched, Goodman's work is a masterpiece of pedagogy crafted as a tool for teaching and learning about one of civilization's oldest religions."
An expansive and fascinating history of Judaism. Read full book review >
RICHARD POTTER by John Hodgson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A focused, scholarly, definitive life history that gives voice to a pioneering and little-known entertainment legacy."
The history of an itinerant "almost unknown" 19th-century African- American showman who changed the face of one-man entertainment. 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 >