History Book Reviews (page 3)

JOHN AUBREY, MY OWN LIFE by Ruth Scurr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A creative, engaging, and profoundly moving account of a man's fierce desire to discover, understand, and preserve."
A historian and literary critic offers a unique and revealing look at the life of English philosopher John Aubrey (1626-1697), told in Aubrey's voice in the form of a diary. Read full book review >
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS by Alan Taylor
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Beautifully organized and accessibly presented history for all readers."
A clear, authoritative, well-organized look at the messy Colonial march toward revolution and self-rule. Read full book review >

HIS FINAL BATTLE by Joseph Lelyveld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An elegant, affecting work that offers fresh insights on a much-mythologized president."
Eloquently exposing the open secret of Franklin Roosevelt's advanced heart disease. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A marvelous portrait of a professional woman ahead of her time whose relationship with FDR sheds new light on his personality and decisions."
Franklin Roosevelt's longtime loyal personal secretary earns a much-needed, balanced portrait. Read full book review >
THE SENECANS by Peter Stothard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Stothard is certainly a unique stylist, but the structure and mystifying detail of British politics and personalities may be a tough sell for many American readers."
Elegiac memoir of the Tories' heady heyday in the 1980s among the court of Margaret Thatcher. Read full book review >

CHASING PORTRAITS by Elizabeth Rynecki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A wonderful story beautifully told. Rynecki's yearslong search, successes, frustrations, and failures are a study in perseverance."
A page-turning personal history of Rynecki's search for her great-grandfather's legacy. Read full book review >
THE SIX by Laura Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Thompson has fallen under the spell of the breathtakingly beautiful (as she repeatedly insists), seductive Diana, but otherwise, her cleareyed view of the sisters' strengths and foibles makes this gossipy story a delight."
A fresh look at six outrageous sisters. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An account of an event that deserves better investigation."
An impassioned critique of the handling of the Haditha massacre by U.S. Marines on Nov. 19, 2005. Read full book review >
BLITZKRIEG by Lloyd Clark
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"It's a dismal piece of history, well told and familiar, but Clark provides plenty of juicy details and a mildly controversial reinterpretation."
A leading British historian delivers a new history of Germany's 1940 invasion of France. Read full book review >
BLACK POWER 50 by Sylviane A. Diouf
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The text and visuals combine for an educational, eye-opening experience."
An illuminating text accompanies visuals from an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Power movement. Read full book review >
DEFYING THE NAZIS by Artemis Joukowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A clear, unpretentious volume that justly celebrates a couple who risked all for others."
Companion volume to the upcoming Ken Burns' PBS documentary about an American couple who rescued people threatened by the Nazi whirlwind in Europe. Read full book review >
GRAND HOTEL ABYSS by Stuart Jeffries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A rich, intellectually meaty history."
Life inside the 20th-century's reigning citadel of pessimism, as told through the lives and (often conflicting) philosophies of its key thinkers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >