History Book Reviews (page 3)

WAR AGAINST WAR by Michael Kazin
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An illuminating, if discouraging, account of a doomed attempt to pull America back from an abyss."
A history of the campaign to oppose American intervention in World War I. Read full book review >
THE EGYPTIANS by Jack Shenker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt."
A sharp jab at the neoliberal economics adopted by Egypt over the last decades, which ultimately spurred grass-roots revolt. Read full book review >

HIS FATHER'S SON by Tim Brady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A workmanlike biography of a relatively minor character in the vast Roosevelt saga."
Biography of Theodore Roosevelt's first son, Ted Jr. (1887-1944), who made a greater soldier than politician. Read full book review >
SPECULATION by Stuart Banner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A somewhat narrowly focused book that will not likely appeal to a broad swath of readers but will repay those who invest their undivided attention."
A mostly chronological history of a slippery financial concept combined with something akin to a lengthy law review article. Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE TUDORS by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A mostly entertaining mixture of esoteric social history and well-known details of the personal lives of Tudor monarchs."
Amusing, well-researched biographies of rulers from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, focused on how they were born, dressed, ate, washed, slept, played, and died. Read full book review >

THE TURTLE'S BEATING HEART by Denise Low
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engagingly written mix of research, reportage, and memoir, infused with the passion of discovery."
A poet and professor comes to terms with her Native American heritage. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A useful handbook for understanding the current status of the U.S. in global affairs."
A foreign policy insider parses American diplomatic theories and practices overseas. Read full book review >
SHADOW WARRIORS OF WORLD WAR II by Gordon Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A welcome addition to WWII literature."
A group biography of the fearless young women who became secret agents during World War II. Read full book review >
FIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY? by Seymour Morris Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A timely, amusing, and occasionally eye-opening exercise."
On the theory that experience is the best predictor of future performance, Morris (Supreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan, 2014, etc.) examines and evaluates, as any hiring committee might, the resumes of 15 men, all past applicants for the job of president. Read full book review >
THE FLOOD YEAR 1927 by Susan Scott Parrish
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"As a cubist might, Parrish paints a multifaceted portrait of catastrophe: sometimes puzzling, often surprising, and wholly original."
A scholar's cross-disciplinary look back at the little-remembered greatest natural disaster in American history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engaging argument for justice for a flawed but perhaps wrongfully disgraced civil servant."
A reconsideration of one of the most notorious scandals of the Warren Harding presidency. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Literate and lucid—a fine complement and corrective to the ancient sources."
Lively study of the Peloponnesian War by noted classicist Roberts (Classics and History/City Coll. of New York; Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >