History Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: April 17, 2018

"A diligent, sometimes-laborious study of the necessity and uses of Holocaust tourism."
An academic study of the nascent discipline of "Holocaust tourism." Read full book review >
Released: April 16, 2018

"A sturdy contribution to the history of science."
Why can't religion and science be reconciled? Because of math. Read full book review >

SHARP by Michelle Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A useful take on significant writers 'in a world that was not eager to hear women's opinions about anything.'"
A debut book about the works of 20th-century women whose lives had a deep impact on culture. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY by Stuart Kells
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers familiar with St. Gall, Poggio, Count Libri, and other such significant figures in the history of manuscripts may look to more specialist accounts, but budding book enthusiasts will find this an engaging bedside read."
A bright, idiosyncratic tour of a book historian's collected knowledge about libraries and bibliophilia. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"An incisive history of the futility of censorship."
The combative life of a man who "spread shame." Read full book review >

SHOW TRIAL by Thomas Doherty
Released: April 10, 2018

"A thorough and lively chronicle of a shameful episode in American political and entertainment history."
At the start of the Cold War, anti-communist fervor focused on Hollywood. Read full book review >
HADRIAN'S WALL by Adrian Goldsworthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers will learn perhaps more about the wall's engineering than they want to know, but this is an appealing, detailed history of the largest monument left by the Roman Empire."
A slim, tight history of a Roman fortification that "is special because it is unlike any other Roman frontier." Read full book review >
THE CHINA MISSION by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"The definitive history of a failure from which the U.S. seemingly learned nothing (civil war in Vietnam was already heating up)."
A comprehensive history of one of the United States government's greatest diplomatic failures, presided over by one of the country's greatest diplomats. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A solid contribution to the history of technology and commerce, with broad implications for the present."
Mr. Owen, meet Mr. Colt: a wide-ranging if overlong history of the role of arms manufacturing in the Industrial Revolution. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A vigorous, well-written book that distills a complex history to a clash between two men without oversimplifying."
"To the Cherokee, balance was everything": a broad-ranging history of a political rivalry that upset the Cherokee world for more than a century across the face of North America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A great book for history fans seeking illumination on the connections of European royalty."
The story of how one remarkable woman's drive to survive secured the succession of the British crown to this day. 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 >