History Book Reviews (page 2)

FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK by Mattias Boström
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"For fans of literature, film history, and Conan Doyle alike, a fine complement to the best works of Sherlock-iana."
A spirited account of how Sherlock became a household name. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A grim, hard-hitting look at the nuts and bolts of Israeli occupation."
A diagnostic survey of Israel's long-planned occupation of the Palestinians' land. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Current-day readers, accustomed to an era of perpetual war with no end in sight, will find this expert, nuts-and-bolts history of a famous victory thoroughly satisfying."
A new history of the significant World War II battle in the Pacific, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A captivating look at how America's 50 states survived on the way to becoming a nation."
A historical compendium proves that many countries had a shot at the land that became the United States, but circumstances instead resulted in a new nation. Read full book review >
DENNIS AND GREER by Molly Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 27, 2017

"An often beautiful, if repetitive, chronicle of youthful romance."
A debut collection of poetically charged love letters, exchanged by the editor's mother and her first husband in the mid-1960s. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An engrossing, vivid inquiry into a man and his magisterial creation."
The story behind one of the world's most unique buildings. Read full book review >
DEFIANCE by Stephen Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An edifying, uncluttered, and enjoyable picture of life in Regency England."
An exhaustive biography of a clever, convivial Regency woman who was "dangerously unconventional, a character too colourful for propriety." Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Essential reading full of remarkable emotional wealth."
The Nobel laureate (2015) writes about "the wrong kind of war": oral confessions from Russian women intimately involved with fighting for the motherland. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gripping addition to the literature of the period and an overdue tribute to these unique Americans."
The inspiring story of the "Ritchie Boys" and their unique contribution to the Allied victory in World War II. Read full book review >
CAESAR'S LAST BREATH by Sam Kean
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 2017

"Great fun for general readers curious about our world and an especially appropriate gift for a young person considering a career in the sciences."
A witty book that turns the science of the stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. Read full book review >
THE LOCOMOTIVE OF WAR by Peter Clarke
Released: July 18, 2017

"Knowledgeable, well-written history that lacks thematic clarity."
The former Cambridge history professor returns with a survey of the political and economic ramifications of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles. Read full book review >
ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS by Sujatha Gidla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Students of civil rights activism and South Asian societies will find much of value in Gidla's far-ranging narrative, dense with detail and anecdote."
Firsthand account of the lives of people categorized as the lowest of the low in India's caste system. 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 >