History Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A well-argued examination of the nation's founding principles."
Founding Fathers worried over inequality, popular sovereignty, and economic growth. Read full book review >
RISING IN FLAMES by J.D. Dickey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A readable blend of military and political history; though not in the first rank of recent Civil War studies, a valuable addition to the literature."
A study in unintended consequences as a reactionary Civil War commander unleashed a series of progressive forces. Read full book review >

OCEANS VENTURED by John Lehman
Released: June 5, 2018

"Valuable for students of naval strategy and geopolitics as well as of Cold War history."
Former Secretary of the Navy Lehman (On Seas of Glory: Heroic Men, Great Ships, and Epic Battles of the American Navy, 2001, etc.) unfolds the Ronald Reagan-era strategy to reclaim United States dominance on the high seas and contain the Soviet fleet. Read full book review >
YOUNG HITLER by Paul Ham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Ham makes many good points, but while useful and well-executed, this is an ordinary entry in a field dominated by more authoritative books."
Another book on the making of the world's most studied dictator. Read full book review >
HOW DEMOCRACY ENDS by David Runciman
Released: June 5, 2018

"Democracy isn't dead, not yet, but it could use some physical therapy while it steps gingerly into the grave. For all its optimism, an urgent, necessary book of cold comforts."
The good news: Even Donald Trump hasn't been able to kill democracy. The bad news: Yet. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"An eloquent response to an urgent—and still-unresolved—dilemma."
A social and political analyst reflects on racial tensions in contemporary America. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An evenhanded, reasoned contribution to an overheated discussion."
No border wall can impede an inescapable fact: Mexico and the United States are inextricably joined to one another culturally, economically, and politically. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENTS AND THE PASTIME by Curt Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Informative and amusing, but readers hoping for a brisk and engaging history of the relationship between baseball and the presidency will be disappointed."
An exhaustive look at the relationship between the chief executive of the United States and baseball. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"An important story enriched by solid research and authorial commitment but weakened by excess."
A thoroughly researched but somewhat cluttered account of Ted Williams and other professional baseball players who enlisted in the military in World War II and also managed to play some baseball. Read full book review >
FIVE FOR FREEDOM by Eugene L. Meyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"A good book for Civil War buffs."
Former Washington Post reporter and editor Meyer (Chesapeake Country, 2015, etc.) rights a wrong older than the Civil War: Five African-American men made up 25 percent of John Brown's crew at Harpers Ferry. Until the 2009 sesquicentennial, they were never mentioned. Read full book review >
UNCIVIL WARRIORS by Peter Charles Hoffer
Released: June 1, 2018

"A worthy addition to the thinking person's Civil War library."
An exploration of several legal conundrums of the Civil War. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A fascinating journey led by a passionate guide."
Emotionally wrenching music from northwestern Greece evokes questions about the meaning of music itself. 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 >