History Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"Readers will share Emery's lack of nostalgia for this half-forgotten weapon, but they will admire this satisfying combination of technical background, battlefield fireworks, biographies of colorful major figures, and personal anecdotes from individual soldiers."
An illumination of the "little understood and…poorly documented" story of a significant piece of the "history of chemical warfare in the United States." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A little harsh here, a little overstated there, but all in all a fascinating, well-researched look at the many ways Americans hoodwink each other, often about race."
Is flimflammery, like jazz, a pure product of America? So wonders New Yorker poetry editor Young (Blues Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, 2016, etc.), adding another Americanism to the mix: Jim Crow. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sparklingly intelligent and well-researched cultural history."
A New-York Historical Society historian examines the impact of 20th-century newspaper columnist and women's self-help guru Marjorie Hillis (1889-1971). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For fans of the stage, this is a pleasant peek behind the scenes during a transformative period of British theater history."
A celebrated director shares his memories from his years as the head of one of the world's most famous theater companies. Read full book review >
THE GIFTED GENERATION by David Goldfield
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An American history that serves as a heartfelt plea for a revival of socially responsible leadership."
For two decades after World War II, government actually strived to provide basic needs and equal opportunity for all Americans. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Recommended for fans of imperial histories, royal scandals, or tragic romances."
A study of the many mysteries surrounding the death of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary and his mistress. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A readable tech history, but it helps to have a background in computers to get the most out of Dear's account. As good an account of PLATO as we're likely to get—or to need."
An exploration of the computer system that was too far ahead of its time to succeed but whose legacy quietly endures. Read full book review >
THE WRITTEN WORLD by Martin  Puchner
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A lucid entertainment for the humanists in the audience."
The world is shaped by books, and human history by texts sacred and profane: so this thoughtful treatise by the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature. Read full book review >
THE LAST SHERIFF IN TEXAS by James P.  McCollom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Of interest to students of Texas history as well as aspiring law enforcement officers, who should read it as an example of how not to conduct themselves."
A true-crime story centering on a South Texas lawman who became a law unto himself. Read full book review >
QUEEN VICTORIA'S MATCHMAKING by Deborah Cadbury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An instructive European history that effectively shows 'the influence of [Victoria's] matchmaking on the remarkable rise of the royal dynasty.'"
Digging deeper into Queen Victoria's extensive brood, their intermarriages, and their wars. Read full book review >
THE MAFIA'S PRESIDENT by Don Fulsom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A pulpy book that plays out historical conspiracy theory with a chilling specificity."
Recounting Richard Nixon's ties to mobsters, malfeasance, and, potentially, the John F. Kennedy assassination. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"For finance wonks, a good-as-gold tome as imposing as the institution it covers—and with every promise of enduring accordingly."
Social historian Kynaston (Modernity Britain: 1957-1962, 2014, etc.) moves into fiscal realms with this overstuffed history of one of the world's most important financial institutions. 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 >