History Book Reviews (page 3)

HITLER'S MONSTERS by Eric  Kurlander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"A fascinating look at a little-understood aspect of fascism, with a nod to how 'shadowy conspiracy theories' and supernatural thinking continue to play out in politics today."
Of Nazis as satanists, werewolves as saviors, and other supernatural curiosities of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A charming, well-researched journey to 'Austen-land.'"
A fresh, spirited look at the beloved author by a self-proclaimed "Janeite." Read full book review >

HANNIBAL by Patrick N. Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A thrilling page-turner about one of history's most brilliant strategists and tacticians."
An archaeologist and historian shares his vast knowledge of the life of the leader of the second Punic War (213-202 B.C.E.). Read full book review >
ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS by Billy  Bragg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
Superb account, by British folk-punker Bragg (A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics, 2016, etc.), of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"A welcome contribution to a once-vibrant anthropological literature without many recent entries."
A spirited ethnography of the ancestral peoples of the Kalahari. Read full book review >

THE NETANYAHU YEARS by Ben  Caspit
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly readable portrait of an enigmatic politician."
A biography of the steely Israeli prime minister that underscores his relentless, seemingly emotionless competitive drive. Read full book review >
STATE OF TERROR by Thomas Suárez
Released: July 6, 2017

"A relentless, hard-hitting, ultimately one-note polemic."
A chronicle of Zionist sins since the beginning of the "settler project" in the 1920s to the 1956 Suez Crisis. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LIVES OF TUDOR WOMEN by Elizabeth Norton
NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Readers with a low toleration for outrage will have a difficult time, but most will find this a satisfying series of historical vignettes."
A portrait of "the diverse lives enjoyed—or endured—by women living in Tudor England, and together constituting a multifaceted impression of female humanity of the period." Read full book review >
PATRICK HENRY by Jon Kukla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"A skilled historian, Kukla has done his homework and written a detailed, lively, probably definitive biography of a revolutionary figure who merits more recognition but perhaps not promotion beyond the second tier of Founding Fathers."
A new biography of the American statesman who Thomas Jefferson said "was our leader in the measures of the Revolution in Virginia." Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2017

"A treasure vault for vexillologists, full of meaning beyond the hue and thread of the world's banners."
Of flags grand and old, black and blue, marking us and them and giving us all the license we need to kill. Read full book review >
DRAW YOUR WEAPONS by Sarah Sentilles
Released: July 4, 2017

"The collage effect does not always serve the narrative well, but Sentilles offers plenty of facts and stories worth reading."
A sometimes-scattered though always lyrical meditation on art and artists as witnesses to war, terror, and other dark hallmarks of our time. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2017

"Timelines of pivotal events help punctuate the narrative structure of this history-in-brief, an engaging, admirably thorough introduction for new readers of history with short attention spans."
A 272-page "back story to the chronicle of humanity." 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 >