History Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
HUE 1968 by Mark Bowden
Released: June 6, 2017

"One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief."
A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat. 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 >
DESTINED FOR WAR by Graham Allison
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A timely, reasoned treatise by a keen observer and historian."
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance." Read full book review >
MY LAI by Howard Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2017

"Jones succeeds on all counts in a book that, due to its subject matter, is not pleasant to read but is powerful and important."
A scrupulous history of one of the darkest moments in American military history. Read full book review >

CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach."
A joint biography of two men who "led the way, politically and intellectually, in responding to the twin totalitarian threats of fascism and communism" in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
THE POTLIKKER PAPERS by John T. Edge
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Without question, this is a book for foodies, but it is also for readers who may be indifferent to the food they consume yet care deeply about regionalism, individual health, and race relations, among other themes."
The director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi recounts the past 60 years of Southern food traditions, their effects on the South's culture, and vice versa. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A grieving family ultimately finds closure in this meticulously researched and compelling history."
The plight of three brothers and their mother during one of the most shameful episodes of World War II. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by Condoleezza Rice
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Some readers may not be convinced, but this book deserves a broad audience, especially in our current political climate."
George W. Bush's secretary of state returns to her academic roots with this accessibly written study of that imperfect but ideal form of government. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO CAMELOT by Thomas Oliphant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"An excellent chronicle of JFK's innovations, his true personality, and how close he came to losing."
Accepting the challenge that Theodore White laid out in The Making of the President 1960: to "tell the story of the quest for power in 1960 in more precise terms with a greater wealth of established fact." Read full book review >
SCARS OF INDEPENDENCE by Holger Hoock
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An accomplished, powerful presentation of the American Revolution as it was, rather than as we might wish to remember it."
The American Revolution was no festive musical. Read full book review >
SCANDINAVIANS by Robert Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A delightful history in which the author truly captures 'the soul of the North.'"
An eye-opening history of a region and culture "vibrant with people, noise, chance, life." 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 >