History Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An exemplary contribution to the history of the Civil War and its aftermath."
The renowned historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction continues the story begun in his Bancroft Prize-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies (2003), recounting those events as they played out beyond the Blue Ridge. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS VOLUME TWO by Simon Schama
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A fluid history lesson from an always engaging guide."
The second volume of the award-winning author and documentary producer's history of the Jews. Read full book review >

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS by Christopher  de Hamel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history."
A palaeographer's fascinating investigation of medieval culture. Read full book review >
LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes."
A majestic biography of "history's most creative genius." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An ingenious, always provocative analysis of history's most lethal war."
Not just another account of World War II, but a thoughtful overview of the battles that were "emblematic of the larger themes of how the respective belligerents made wise and foolish choices about why, how, and where to fight the war." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"All chroniclers of popular history should be required to study Ackroyd's writing, his methodology, and the totality of his treatment of his subjects."
Ackroyd (Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day, 2017, etc.) fans rejoice! The fourth volume of the author's History of England series has arrived. Read full book review >
LIONESS by Francine Klagsbrun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A terrific chronicle of a unique world leader."
An evenhanded new biography of one the larger-than-life Israeli leader. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF WAR by Lawrence Freedman
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A valuable book for anyone interested in international affairs."
Nations are constantly preparing for war, and a major part of that preparation is predicting what the next war will be like. An expert in military strategy provides a detailed look at how that process has evolved. Read full book review >
RED FAMINE by Anne Applebaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An authoritative history of national strife from a highly knowledgeable guide."
A new history of Stalin's oppressive regime, which led to the death by starvation of nearly 4 million Ukrainians between 1931 and 1934. Read full book review >
THE THIRD REICH by Thomas Childers
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An elegantly composed study, important and even timely, given current trends in American and global politics."
A riveting study delves deeply into the conditions of the perfect storm that allowed Hitler and his Nazi party to seize and wield unprecedented power. 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 >