History Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: June 13, 2017

"A wise, elegant study to add to the World War I archives."
An intriguing work of World War I research resurrects the little-known history of a massive German luxury liner that was confiscated and retooled for the American war effort. Read full book review >
MARCEL'S LETTERS by Carolyn Porter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A flawed but intriguing memoir from a diligent researcher."
A graphic designer and self-described "typography geek" tells the story behind the creation of her award-winning font, P22 Marcel. Read full book review >

VULGAR TONGUES by Max Décharné
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"Bawdy and jive, well-researched but underanalyzed."
From 17th-century cant to modern-day music slang, an erudite miscellany that tracks centuries of playful mutations endured by the English language. Read full book review >
THE LOYAL SON by Daniel Mark Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A perceptive, gritty portrayal of the frenzy of war and a father and son caught at its tumultuous center."
A gripping history of a family torn apart by political upheaval. Read full book review >
SEA POWER by James Stavridis
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A highly readable, instructive look at the role of the oceans in our civilization, past and present."
A retired Navy admiral tells the history of the seas and gives an updated look at their strategic importance. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"The best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses."
A history of the "search for the solution to the sex and conception mystery," focused on the period between 1650 and 1900. Read full book review >
KENNEDY AND KING by Steven Levingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-documented narrative that would benefit from more consistent analysis."
A dual biography chronicles three years of upheaval in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A singular study exhibiting both military duty and human compassion."
An insider account of the last days guarding, and bonding with, the former president of Iraq. Read full book review >
1944 DIARY by Hans Keilson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"The diary should appeal to readers of Keilson's fiction but not most general readers."
The wartime diary of a celebrated novelist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A timely, energetic combination of social and scientific history in anticipation of the total solar eclipse predicted for Aug. 21, 2017."
The captivating story of a 19th-century solar eclipse. Read full book review >
GOING DEEP by Lawrence Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor."
A history of the attack submarine and its inventor, who "would never know that he had helped create one of the defining killing machines of two world wars." Read full book review >
WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED by Wendy  Pearlman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A poignant and humane collection."
Testimonials from Syrians about life before, during, and after the 2011 rebellion. 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 >