History Book Reviews (page 2)

HOOVER by Kenneth Whyte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful resurrection of a brilliant man who, aside from the Founding Fathers, did more good before taking office than any other president in American history."
A biography of Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) meant "to spring [him] from the Depression and present him in another context, that of his full life." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A dense history that may lose readers not versed in Russian history, but for students and scholars, Plokhy continues to show that he is the master of this terrain."
A timely work of impeccable research that elucidates the Russian impulse toward regaining lost lands under a powerful myth of origins. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An intriguing eyewitness historical account rendered in a surprisingly pedestrian manner."
A veteran TV news correspondent's memoir of his first assignment in Russia, which corresponded with Nikita Khrushchev's unprecedented "thaw." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A fine, readable work of advocacy journalism, of a piece with Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert, that deserves to inform discussion about the mustang issue as it plays out in courts and in Congress."
A gimlet-eyed look at the place of the wild horse in the landscape of the American West and at the poor legacy of human relations with that spirited animal. 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 >

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 >
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 >
DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS by A.C. Grayling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A compelling book worthy of being shelved alongside the Federalist Papers and Two Treatises of Government."
Of democracy and its discontents, with a resonant defense of what Winston Churchill called "the least bad of all systems." 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 >
LADY KILLERS by Tori  Telfer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Heavily researched and filled with gory details, a rare look at women who killed for pleasure."
A compendium of women serial killers through the ages. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential—and highly pleasurable—reading for anyone who cares about ideas and innovation."
How we create. Read full book review >
1517 by Peter Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Marshall finds a unique niche in a year replete with wider biographies of Luther and histories of the early Reformation."
A concise history of the act that started the Protestant Reformation. 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 >