History Book Reviews (page 2)

THE BLACK PRINCE by Michael Jones
Released: May 1, 2018

"A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times."
Jones (Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England, 2015, etc.) brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A tight weave of professional findings, anecdotes, site visits, and explanations behind ancient artifacts make this book both engaging and indispensable for those with an interest in prehistory."
Scenarios of glacial and postglacial environments in the Americas. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2018

"A riveting tale of the previously unknown and fascinating story of the unsung angels who strove to foil the Final Solution."
Beyond the well-known work of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, Wallace (The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich, 2003) sets out to tell the story of the staggering network built by a Swiss-based rescue group. Read full book review >
A WORLD TO WIN by Sven-Eric Liedman
Released: May 1, 2018

"Outstanding. Not the book for a budding Marxist to start with, but certainly one to turn to for reference and deeper insight."
Readers of all nations, get to work: Swedish scholar Liedman (Emeritus, History of Ideas/Univ. of Gothenburg) turns in a study worthy of Isaiah Berlin of communism's most influential theoretician. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"Excellent, wide-ranging reporting and sharp-edged analysis make this a book that's sure to be talked about inside the Beltway—and that deserves a wide audience beyond."
Nations deal with each other through trade and diplomacy—or war. Guess which one the current administration favors? Read full book review >

THE MORALIST by Patricia O’Toole
Released: April 24, 2018

"A balanced, welcome new addition to the Wilson shelf."
O'Toole (When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, 2005, etc.) adds to a long list of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) biographies with a skillfully crafted account of the president's life and legacy. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT CARTER by Stuart E. Eizenstat
Released: April 24, 2018

"An astute, often shocking, behind-the-scenes chronicle."
Jimmy Carter's chief domestic policy adviser tells all. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"By turns sobering, frightening, and thrilling, this meticulous account of the power and tenacity of officially sanctioned racism recalls a dark era that America is still struggling to leave behind."
A spellbinding true story of racism, privilege, and official corruption. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A highly distressing, urgent alarm to awaken Americans to the peril of authoritarianism."
How Russia's campaign to undermine democracies threatens the European Union and the United States. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An important and fascinating examination of American slavery's aftermath."
"Americans do not share a common memory of slavery," write California State University, Fresno, historians Kytle (Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery Struggle in the Civil War Era, 2014) and Roberts (Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, 2014) in this eye-opening history. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Just like Revolution on the Hudson, a wonderful addition to the literature on the American Revolution, full of enlightening facts and figures."
A readable history of the first battle of the American Revolution and the militiamen "who risked everything to defend their way of life and the freedom of future generations." 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 >