History Book Reviews (page 2)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Readers will finish this third in a delightful series of bottom-up histories hoping Mortimer has his sights set on Georgian England."
The latest guidebook to England's past from the renowned historian. Read full book review >
FEAR CITY by Kim Phillips-Fein
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Sobering, smart reading with many pointed lessons for activists."
New York may be an amusement park for the very rich these days, but as this grimly detailed historical account reveals, there was a time…. Read full book review >

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil."
Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma. Read full book review >
THE HOLOCAUST by Laurence Rees
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, concise, evenhanded work, essential for libraries and schools."
A magnificent new history that tracks the gradual evolution of the Final Solution. Read full book review >
THE SOULS OF CHINA by Ian Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Engaging, timely, and humane."
An exploration of the role of faith in contemporary China. Read full book review >

DOWN THE UP STAIRCASE by Bruce D. Haynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A candid and profoundly personal contribution to America's racial history."
A family's story reflects social upheaval. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >
MADNESS RULES THE HOUR by Paul Starobin
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A dramatic and engaging addition to Civil War studies that serves as a fitting bookend paired with Jay Winik's account of the end of the war, April 1865 (2001)."
It was 1860 in Charleston, South Carolina, the political epicenter of the Old South, at a time of polarized partisanship. Things did not turn out well at all. Read full book review >
PROTESTANTS by Alec Ryrie
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Rarely has an author of such deep faith offered such a tolerant, engaging history of any religion."
A learned, lively look at the various faiths lumped together as Protestant, from Martin Luther in the 16th century to today. Read full book review >
HISTORY OF A DISAPPEARANCE by Filip  Springer
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lucid and literate: a brilliant model of historical writing about place and a beguiling treat for armchair travelers as well."
An evocative study of a town in Poland's outback, one scarcely known even in its day. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A superb, densely detailed complement to William Vollmann's poetic/fictional treatment The Dying Grass (2015), of compelling interest to any student of 19th-century American history."
A chronicle of the white conquest of the inland Northwest at the expense of native peoples defeated in a war that even the newcomers recognized to be unjust. Read full book review >
THE EVANGELICALS by Frances FitzGerald
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Overflowing with historical anecdote and contemporary reportage and essential to interpreting the current political and cultural landscape."
Another superb work by renowned but long-absent political journalist FitzGerald (Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth, 2002, etc.), this one centering on the roiling conflict among American brands of Christianity. 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 >