History Book Reviews (page 3)

THE GATEKEEPERS by Chris Whipple
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A well-researched, well-written review of a unique government position—informative for the general public and an insightful blueprint for the new administration."
Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Whipple chronicles the roles as well as the successes and failures of White House chiefs of staff from the Richard Nixon to Barack Obama administrations. Read full book review >
THE NEW KOREANS by Michael Breen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A solid entry point into the lives of a people who have fully earned their place on the world stage."
An exploration of "the cultural emergence and…international awareness and acceptance of South Korean expression to a point of familiarity." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A diverting view of some Americans' roles in this century-old conflict. For a more fine-grained focus on the ordinary man, see Peter Englund's The Beauty and the Sorrow (2012)."
World War I as seen through the private writings of American participants. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Dense with material and flavor of the epoch."
An intimate biography of Henry VIII's fifth queen: vivacious young woman who only wanted to have fun or a tragic victim of abusive elders? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A nonscholarly work that lay readers will find especially engaging."
A pertinent study of how the Islamic world played quick catch-up to the West over the course of the 19th century. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An eloquent dive into World War I cemeteries, monuments, mines, and trenches."
A journey back to the French rural landscape where so many American soldiers fell during World War I. Read full book review >
GOD'S RED SON by Louis S. Warren
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Though it may be too academic for some readers, this is an eye-opening work of American history."
An enlightening scholarly study of American Indian history that gets at the root tensions underlying the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Blanchard's style, broad knowledge of France, and scholarly research in the legion's archives make this a detailed and fascinating book of French history."
The history and philosophy of the French Foreign Legion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A delightful book about the early stirrings of feminism in Victorian England and a celebration of the lost art of letter writing."
A biography of Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), the wife of essayist Thomas known for her "marvelous letters." Read full book review >
H.H. HOLMES by Adam Selzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A passion for Holmes lore will lead to appreciation for the depth of background and lesser criminal exploits described in great detail, but the audience will remain limited."
An attempt to unmask an infamous mass murderer. Read full book review >
THE EVANGELICALS by Frances FitzGerald
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Overflowing with historical anecdote and contemporary reportage and essential to interpreting the current political and cultural landscape."
Another superb work by renowned but long-absent political journalist FitzGerald (Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth, 2002, etc.), this one centering on the roiling conflict among American brands of Christianity. Read full book review >
STRANGE BIRD by Michele K. Troy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Wonderfully engaging history for bibliophiles."
An eerie journey into a bold cosmopolitan publishing venture in defiance of the censorship rampant in Nazi Germany. 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 >