History Book Reviews (page 2)

THE REAGAN ERA by Doug Rossinow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A thoughtful analysis that will annoy and please readers on both sides of the aisle."
Rossinow (History/Metropolitan State Univ.; Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America, 2007, etc.) revisits the 1980s and finds things both to admire and disdain in the president, the culture and the rest of us.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A welcome though overly broad-brushed excoriation of the age of the ascendant 1 percent."
Working men and women died for the eight-hour workday, and the thanks they get is the silence of lambs. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Despite new sources, Sloyan fails to offer a fresh assessment."
A journalist revisits John F. Kennedy's legacy. Read full book review >
THE SUMMIT by Ed Conway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"The scope of the subject matter is impressive, and the execution is outstanding.
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Sky News economics editor Conway (50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know, 2009) covers the inside story of what really happened during the 22 days of the conference at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in July 1944.Read full book review >
GRANADA by Steven Nightingale
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A romantic, at times overly sentimental homage to a city 'perfected by catastrophe' and transformed into a place of 'concentrated joy.'"
Poet and novelist Nightingale (The Wings of What You Say, 2013, etc.) makes his nonfiction debut in this rhapsodic paean to the Spanish city, where he, his wife and young daughter now live part of each year.
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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 >
MR. AND MRS. DISRAELI by Daisy Hay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"With this new addition to Disraeli-ana, readers will be enlightened by the younger man and how alike he was to Mary Anne, who became the love of his life."
A dual biography of Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) and Mary Anne Lewis. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Zamoyski provides perhaps too many examples of severe sentencing of innocents, but his point is important, and his book comprehensively examines the role of the powerful over the weak and the effects of governmental overreactions."
Zamoyski (Poland: A History, 2012, etc.) shows how the French Revolution instigated fear in the hearts of European governments, most of it unfounded and falsely propagated by undefined fears and self-perpetuating rumors.Read full book review >
MADISON'S GIFT by David O. Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Stewart's lively character sketches employ sprightly prose and impeccable research."
A fond portrait of the mild-mannered Virginian and implacable advocate for the young American government. Read full book review >
WHO'S AFRAID OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM? by Akeel Bilgrami
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Cogent essays about a topic crucial to the university and to all discourse in a democracy."
Scholars consider threats to free inquiry. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >