History Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: May 15, 2018

"A fluent, well-written exercise in revisionism, one of interest to students of modern geopolitics as well as 19th-century history."
A deeply researched study of an early clash of civilizations, when England attempted to impose its will on East Asia. Read full book review >
BROTHERS OF THE GUN by Marwan Hisham
Released: May 15, 2018

"A sharp, searing view of war from the front lines and an important contribution to understanding how a nation can disintegrate before one's eyes."
A richly detailed, sometimes horrifying account of the Syrian civil war. Read full book review >

CHERNOBYL by Serhii Plokhy
Released: May 15, 2018

"A thoughtful study of catastrophe, unintended consequences, and, likely, nuclear calamities to come."
A history of the nuclear disaster that set precedents—and standards—for future mishaps of the kind. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"Popular history in a triumphant mode, of interest largely to Reagan partisans."
Fox News anchor Baier (Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission, 2017, etc.) makes a cheerful case for Ronald Reagan's single-handedly talking the Soviets out of being communists. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A compelling picture of the evils of the Nazi regime and of the perversion of Nazi psychiatry."
The reputation of child psychiatrist Hans Asperger (1906-1980) comes under close scrutiny in this chilling and well-documented account of how the political and social values of Nazi psychiatry determined the fates of supposedly inferior children. Read full book review >

RAF by Richard Overy
Released: May 15, 2018

"This is a story Overy has told in earlier, much longer histories, but this is a fine introduction."
A skillful pocket history of the founding of the Royal Air Force in 1918 and its fate after the armistice. Read full book review >
STANDOFF by Bill Schneider
Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for political junkies."
Former CNN senior political analyst Schneider (Government/George Mason Univ.) offers a thoughtful account of how American politics have changed from the 1960s to the age of Trump. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"An entertaining, intertwined tale of triumph, hubris, and Manifest Destiny in the city of angels."
The birth of modern-day Los Angeles viewed through the prism of three of its most ardent advocates. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"Refreshingly, Stadiem mostly avoids making the narrative overly gossipy, and it's good fun to see what devils some of our political and cultural heroes really were."
An eye-opening biography of "the elegant French Queen of Sex." Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A worthy memoir of dark times, full of practical lessons for resistance and community organizing today."
A Holocaust survivor recounts life lessons of use to the latter-day downtrodden. Read full book review >
WHEN THE CENTER HELD by Donald Rumsfeld
Released: May 15, 2018

"A few flaws aside, this is an engrossing and informative tribute to a man whom Jimmy Carter rightfully thanked in his inaugural address 'for all he has done to heal our land.'"
A memoir of the presidency of Gerald Ford (1913-2006) as seen from the point of view of Ford's chief of staff and secretary of defense. Read full book review >
TYRANT by Stephen Greenblatt
Released: May 8, 2018

"An incisive and instructive study of personality politics and the abuse of power—topical literary criticism with classical virtues."
A leading scholar invokes the Bard of Avon to investigate why anyone would "be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth." 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 >