History Book Reviews (page 3)

KL by Nikolaus Wachsmann
HISTORY
Released: April 14, 2015

"A comprehensive, encyclopedic work that should be included in the collections of libraries, schools and other institutions."
A harrowing, thorough study of the Nazi camps that gathers a staggering amount of useful and necessary information on the collective catastrophe. Read full book review >
CAPITAL DAMES by Cokie Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"An enlightening account detailing how the Civil War changed the nation's capital while expanding the role of women in politics, health care, education, and social services."
Political commentator and bestselling author Roberts (Ladies of Liberty: The Women who Shaped our Nation, 2008, etc.) shines a spotlight on the remarkable political, literary, and activist women of Washington, D.C., during the tumult of the Civil War. Read full book review >

SWANSONG 1945 by Walter Kempowski
HISTORY
Released: April 13, 2015

"A riveting portrait of what Kurt Weill called the 'total breakdown of all human dignity,' revealed through the bric-a-brac of war-shattered lives."
From the absurd to the sublime, and everywhere heartbreaking: a collage of voices from the tail end of the world's conflagration. Read full book review >
TARGET TOKYO by James M. Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2015

"A spirited, comprehensive and highly readable account of the tremendous wherewithal required for this extraordinary effort."
A new treatment of the daring Doolittle raids over Tokyo that fills in many of the gaps in the true story. Read full book review >
BONAPARTE by Patrice Gueniffey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2015

"A masterful portrait, staggeringly complete and contradictory and fluently translated—a delight to read."
Wonderfully lyrical, historically nuanced exploration of the irruption of this Romantic hero. Read full book review >

FATEFUL TIES by Gordon H. Chang
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 13, 2015

"An intriguing exploration of a significant, if peculiar, aspect of American history."
Christopher Columbus carried a letter of introduction from his Spanish sovereigns to China's emperor. Thus, the discovery of America was an accidental consequence of the European desire to reach the riches of Asia. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WARLORD by Johnny Dwyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2015

"A dark triumph—a meticulous geopolitical narrative and gripping tale of an American son lost to evil."
Shocking page-turner about Liberian dictator Charles Taylor's American-born son, Chucky, the first U.S citizen to be federally prosecuted for torture. Read full book review >
WOMEN OF WILL by Tina Packer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2015

"A sparkling, insightful exploration of Shakespeare's words and world."
How Shakespeare understood women. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 8, 2015

"In chronicling the daring activity that went on for years, Grose keeps readers on edge with a heartwarming story of ordinary heroes who just did what was required."
In his American debut, Grose tells a little-known story of a pacifist pastor and the heroic Huguenot population of a plateau in France. These are the ordinary people of a handful of parishes who saved thousands from the Nazis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A rewarding book with much to offer, including the likely spark of new interest in how singular choices made by both men and nations can reverberate for generations."
The carnage of war, the rise of a dictator and one North Korean defector's life story all come together in this combination of biography, military history and exposé. Read full book review >
ONE NATION UNDER GOD by Kevin K. Kruse
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 7, 2015

"In a book for readers from both parties, Kruse ably demonstrates how the simple ornamental mottoes 'under God' and 'In God We Trust,' as well as the fight to define America as Christian, were parts of a clever business plan."
Kruse (History/Princeton Univ.; White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, 2007, etc.) explains the links between capitalism and Christianity.Read full book review >
MOTHERLAND by Rita Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Goldberg writes eloquently of the 'volcanic pressures' that shaped her family's story and continue to haunt her own."
A daughter revisits her mother's harrowing past. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >