History Book Reviews (page 2)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Mort's delightful prose will entice readers of history, geography, Native American studies and sociology. All will revel in the feeling of being in the Dakotas at the end of the 19th century."
The history of Gen. George Custer's 1,000-man exploration across 300 miles of Dakota Plains in search of gold. Read full book review >
SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The great debates of history aired out with satisfying vigor."
Harari (History/Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) provides an immersion into the important revolutions that shaped world history: cognitive, agricultural and scientific. The book was originally published in Israel in 2011 and became a best-seller. Read full book review >

ALPHABETICAL by Michael Rosen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A delightfully informative book about letters, their meanings, and the words and meanings we derive from them."
A poet, writer of children's books and host of BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth tells the history of each letter in our alphabet.Read full book review >
BELIEVER by David Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Obama has been profiled many times but seldom with so practical an outlook. An excellent view of politics from the inside."
Longtime political adviser Axelrod, late of the White House, tells most of what he's seen in the cloakroom. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S BODY by Richard Wightman Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"An original, brightly written and well-researched cultural history certain to have wide appeal."
An absorbing meditation on Abraham Lincoln's body, in life and death, and its role in shaping America's memory of the man who saved the Union. Read full book review >

THE ITALIANS by John Hooper
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people."
A compact but comprehensive study of the people of Italy. Read full book review >
KILLERS OF THE KING by Charles Spencer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A gripping account of the aftermath of Britain's revolution, during which both sides fought for justice and Christianity and behaved despicably."
C.V. Wedgwood's masterwork told this story in three volumes, but Britain's Charles I (1600-1649) loses his head on Page 55 of this fascinating, one-volume account in which British historian Spencer (Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier, 2008, etc.) describes what happened afterward.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A fresh look at the sources and a careful eye to leadership and character places this book high atop the list of recent Civil War histories."
"The cheering proved to be our folly." Thus said Robert E. Lee, chiding Southern vanity at the outbreak of the Civil War, the setting for this thoughtful study of command. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET by Roger Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With limpid prose, Cohen delivers a searching and profoundly moving memoir."
In an effort to understand the modern Jewish experience, distinguished New York Times columnist Cohen (Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, 2005, etc.) examines his family history of displacement, despair and resilience. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Beyond the political implications and entanglements, the story engrosses with its fast-paced, plainspoken narrative."
A nonfiction account of an unlikely American hero in revolutionary Cuba that succeeds as both a thriller and a love story. Read full book review >
COLONEL HOUSE by Charles E. Neu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A significant, brightly written American story."
An exhaustive biography of Edward M. House (1858-1938), the wealthy Texan who served as President Woodrow Wilson's chief personal adviser and envoy to Europe in World War I. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"An important—even necessary—addition to the groaning shelves of Civil War volumes."
Before and during the Civil War, both North and South lobbied hard in key European capitals to convince officials and the general population of the justness of their causes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >