History Book Reviews (page 3)

STOLEN WORDS by Mark Glickman
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"The text is approachable and the material is invaluable. The written word prevails."
The odyssey of Jewish books in the wake of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Accessible and of interest to students of international relations but mostly intended for military historians and Asia specialists."
A vigorous military history of China, linking technological changes to political events over time. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A deeply researched and nicely handled biography."
A study of the Founding Father encapsulating some of the early American values of industry, parsimony, and prudence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Quigley's narrative of Terrell and her court case is especially relevant in the wake of numerous well-publicized killings of black citizens by police officers and the latest wave of black activism."
A retelling of the events leading up to the landmark civil rights Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc., which invalidated segregated restaurants in the city in 1953.Read full book review >
1916 by Keith Jeffery
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A brilliant compendium of everything-you-didn't-know-about World War I, which, for many readers, will be a great deal."
A World War I-focused history of 1916, when "all the major belligerents…stepped up to regulate domestic manpower and mobilize all sectors of the community behind the war." Read full book review >

OSTEND by Volker Weidermann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Evocative, sharply drawn portraits and a wry, knowing narrative voice make for an engrossing history."
A summer of sun for despondent exiles. Read full book review >
DREAM CITIES by Wade Graham
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Graham delivers an intriguing architectural history and an effective antidote to the excesses of urban renewal and city planning."
Garden designer and historian Graham (American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are, 2011, etc.) explores how modern cities were built on foundations made of the fantasies and utopian dreams of individual architects.Read full book review >
THE RIGHT WRONG MAN by Lawrence Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An excellent legal-minded elucidation of the long trail toward the conviction of a notorious concentration camp guard. Pair with Richard Rashke's Useful Enemies (2013)."
Nailing a Nazi-era "faceless facilitator of murder." Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND THE ADVENTURES OF A HAUNTED CONVICT by Austin Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A moving, significant narrative that affords both an elegantly produced glimpse of 19th-century prison life and a new chapter in African-American history through a convict's eyes."
An obscure, newly unearthed 19th-century memoir details the prison life of an African-American inmate. Read full book review >
JAZZ DIASPORAS by Rashida K. Braggs
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A fascinating look into an important chapter in cultural history. Braggs should return to the subject in more depth."
A study of a key epoch in the transition of jazz from a distinctively American music to an international art form. Read full book review >
1924 by Peter Ross Range
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A lucid description of a year that made all the horror possible, even inevitable."
Following the current trend of focusing a work of history on a single year, a journalist and academic examines the year that Hitler spent in Landsberg Prison for his failed putsch of 1923. Read full book review >
REPUBLIC OF SPIN by David Greenberg
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"At once scholarly, imaginative, and great fun."
From William McKinley to Barack Obama, a prizewinning historian looks at the tortured marriage of public relations and the modern presidency. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >