History Book Reviews (page 2)

HEAVEN'S DITCH by Jack Kelly
HISTORY
Released: July 5, 2016

"An intriguing synthesis of American cultural and economic currents in the early 19th century, all culminating with the completion of the Erie Canal."
Historian Kelly (Band of Giants: The American Soldiers Who Won America's Independence, 2014, etc.) weaves together diverse strands of early New York state history for an improbable yet oddly compelling narrative of social, political, and religious visionaries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A personal and imaginative yet overlong perspective on German history."
The inhabitants of a summer house reveal Germany's political, economic, and social history. Read full book review >

BUSH by Jean Edward Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A relentlessly hard-hitting assessment of a president who was a 'decider' but 'did not wrestle with the details of policy.'"
Biography of George W. Bush (b. 1946), concentrating on the eight years of his presidency. Read full book review >
BOBBY KENNEDY by Larry Tye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Richly researched prose that sometimes soars too close to the sun of admiration."
A former journalist at the Boston Globe returns with a comprehensive, thesis-driven account of the political career of Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 5, 2016

"A book every serious World War II student will want."
An in-depth study of the clash of the Japanese and Allied navies in Leyte Gulf, possibly the greatest naval battle of the 20th century. Read full book review >

HURRICANE STREET by Ron Kovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2016

"Sobering reflections on past treatment of America's injured war veterans."
The author of Born on the Fourth of July (1976) recounts the brief 1974 movement he initiated to change how Veterans Affairs hospitals cared for wounded soldiers. Read full book review >
JACOBITES by Jacqueline Riding
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2016

"Riding provides an exciting account of a doomed rebellion and ably explores the psyche of the fierce, devoted Highlanders."
Riding (Mid-Georgian Britain: 1740-69, 2010, etc.), a specialist in 18th-century British history and culture, delivers a comprehensive history of the events of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Read full book review >
AMIABLE SCOUNDREL by Paul Kahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"A fine political biography that does not entirely rehabilitate its subject."
Biography of a politician whose name "has become synonymous with corruption and graft during the Civil War." Read full book review >
ANGELA MERKEL by Matthew Qvortrup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today."
A biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (b. 1954) that provides insight and clarity into Germany's often underreported role in shaping the European political landscape. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 30, 2016

"In a book that is more nuanced and far more entertaining that the revelations of Edward Snowden, Budiansky does not ignore the NSA's accomplishments but reveals plenty of unsettling behavior that has so far persuaded Congress and the president, always anxious to demonstrate their patriotism, to enact mild reforms."
A skillful history of America's World War II code-breaking and the rise of the National Security Agency. Read full book review >
HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA by Winifred Gallagher
HISTORY
Released: June 28, 2016

"The future of the post, Gallagher argues in this readable, straightforward history, depends on citizens' awareness of its history. For a somewhat livelier, personality-driven account of the USPS, see Devin Leonard's Neither Snow nor Rain (2016)."
A history of the United States postal system, which George Washington believed would "tranquilize" the country's restless citizenry. Read full book review >
HITLER'S COMPROMISES by Nathan Stoltzfus
HISTORY
Released: June 28, 2016

"A lucid work of historical argumentation that succeeds in establishing compromise as a crucial instrument in Hitler's political arsenal."
An in-depth examination of the tactical compromises Hitler made in order to consolidate power. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >