History Book Reviews (page 2)

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"The fight on behalf of household workers for the '3 P's: pay, protection, and professionalism' continues. Look to Nadasen's history for an understanding of how the struggle began."
Scholar/activist Nadasen (History/Barnard Coll.; Rethinking the Welfare Rights Movement, 2011, etc.) showcases the stories of African-American women who helped organize domestic workers from the 1950s through the 1970s.Read full book review >
ZERO NIGHT by Mark Felton
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In this exciting book, Felton has captivatingly captured the bravery of the prisoners."
Military historian Felton (China Station: The British Military in the Middle Kingdom, 2013, etc.) delivers a page-turner about one particularly daring escape from a Nazi POW camp during World War II.Read full book review >

CONTRABAND by Andrew Wender Cohen
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"The links to Lawrence and Noah give the narrative continuity and keep it interesting. Without them, it would be somewhat dull."
An exploration of the world of smugglers and their effect on a nascent nation and its diverging social classes. Read full book review >
FARTHEST FIELD by Raghu Karnad
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"An appealing, if necessarily fictionalized in places, portrait of three officers who did their best fighting a war widely opposed by many countrymen and that provided little benefit to the nation and was quickly forgotten after Indian independence in 1947."
Discovering that his grandfather and two grand uncles had served in World War II, Indian journalist and editor Karnad (Everybody's Friend, 2013) decided to write about their experiences.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An illuminating voyage into the heart of Frost's poem and the American spirit."
Unraveling the mystery of a famous poem. Read full book review >

THE END OF TSARIST RUSSIA by Dominic Lieven
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A Russian scholar opens up new, even startling historical connections."
Fresh research at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow (since closed) yields an insightful new look at Russia's pivotal role in the making of World War I. Read full book review >
THE ORPHEUS CLOCK by Simon Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An emotional tale of unspeakable horrors, family devotion, and art as a symbol of hope."
During World War II, the Nazis easily stole valuable artworks, furniture, and silver from Goodman, who has spent two difficult decades trying to recover them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"A consistently fine appreciation of the medical maverick who, as much as any other, helped make the Space Age possible."
An author specializing in aviation tells the remarkable, almost-forgotten story of an aerospace pioneer. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"There are not enough superlatives to describe the wealth of information in this book and the bright, clear way in which it is taught. Just buy it."
Rael (History/Bowdoin Coll.; Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North, 2002, etc.) examines the long, slow death of slavery in the United States, masterfully showing how each event is connected and letting us in on secrets that textbooks never mentioned.Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >