History Book Reviews (page 2)

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Strathern does not take sides as he delivers a deft, often gruesome account of events in that distant era when Christianity was a matter of life and death."
Boko Haram and the Taliban are uniquely bloodthirsty, but they follow a long tradition of puritan reformers, among them the subject of this book, the Italian Dominican friar Savonarola (1452-1498). Read full book review >
PLENTY LADYLIKE by Claire McCaskill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An uneven but quietly charming, inspiring memoir."
The first woman from Missouri elected as a U.S. senator explores how she fuses traditional notions of femininity with boldness and ambition. Read full book review >

WORLD WITHOUT END by Hugh Thomas
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A sweeping, encyclopedic history of the arrogance, ambition, and ideology that fueled the quest for empire."
A celebration of Spain's prowess and reach. Read full book review >
A WOMAN IN ARABIA by Gertrude Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An impressive anthology by a scholar who knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff within the massive amount of primary source material Bell left behind at her death."
Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) shattered gender stereotypes while influencing British policy in the Middle East, particularly in the areas in and around present-day Iraq. Editor Howell (Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, 2007) brings the "female Lawrence of Arabia" to life through judicious selections from Bell's massive public writings and personal papers.Read full book review >
SOUTHSIDE PROVISIONAL by Kieran Conway
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"For students of the topic."
After four decades, a former senior officer of the Irish Republican Army seeks to set the record—as he sees it—straight. Read full book review >

THE TAIL WAGS THE DOG by Efraim Karsh
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A strong dose of familiar anger and bitterness without solutions."
An Israeli scholar offers a pessimistic rehashing of what he sees as the "endemic malaise" of the Arab states in spite of—or because of—Western acquiescence and retreat. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An occasionally repetitive but compelling study."
An impassioned investigative report tracing a deeply religious theme to the spate of civil rights violence from the 1950s until today. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"As laws and mores continue to change at a rapid pace, this engaging study offers helpful historical and legal explanations."
This follow-up to lawyer Berkowitz's Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire (2012) brings Western society's continued attempt at regulating sexual mores to the present.Read full book review >
KATRINA by Gary Rivlin
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Deeply engrossing, well-written, and packed with revealing stories."
Former New York Times reporter Rivlin (Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business, 2010, etc.) delivers a magnificently reported account of life in a broken, waterlogged city. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Roker's account will interest readers who previously knew nothing about the Galveston hurricane. However, Isaac's Storm is not out of date and deserves its place as the recommended version."
Today weather anchor Roker (Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle for Good, 2012, etc.) recounts the hurricane that leveled Galveston, Texas, during September 1900, killing an estimated 10,000 people.Read full book review >
TO HELL AND BACK by Charles Pellegrino
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 6, 2015

"This is horrifying, painful, and necessary reading."
On the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pellegrino's (Farewell, Titanic: Her Final Legacy, 2012, etc.) account of the survivors—a book recalled and pulped in 2010 by its original publisher after doubts about the authenticity of the claims made by one of the author's sources—now appears in a revised edition. Read full book review >
GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Not just a compelling history, but a cry for help in the recurring struggle to gain what is supposed to be an inalienable right."
An incisive look at the many issues surrounding the right to vote. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >