History Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A rousing and robust story about the immortal charge and the significant role played in the war by Theodore Roosevelt, the only American president to be awarded the Medal of Honor."
One of the "iconic moments in American history" is scrutinized in heroic detail. Read full book review >
THE SECRET WAR by Max Hastings
HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2016

"A masterful account of wartime skulduggery that has relevance still today."
Taking a break with Catastrophe: 1914 (2013), veteran military historian Hastings returns to World War II with the usual entirely satisfying results.Read full book review >

SUSPECTED OF INDEPENDENCE by David McKean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"For students of the Revolutionary era, the author delivers a useful biography of a significant player in the birth pangs of the new nation."
A descendant of little-known Founding Father Thomas McKean (1734-1817) places him "in the context of his times." Read full book review >
MACARTHUR AT WAR by Walter R. Borneman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A no-holds-barred portrait of a controversial figure and a feast for World War II aficionados."
An examination of the reputation of Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), at one point the most admired of all the generals on the Allied side of World War II. Read full book review >
THE ROMANOVS by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A magisterial portrayal of these 'megalomaniacs, monsters and saints' as eminently human and fallible."
A lively work illustrating the personalities, sensuality, and steely wills of the long line of Russian rulers. Read full book review >

A SELF-MADE MAN by Sidney Blumenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A consummate political observer keenly dissects the machinations of Lincoln's incredible rise to power."
The first volume in a study of Abraham Lincoln, professional politician. Read full book review >
INDIA'S WAR by Srinath Raghavan
HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2016

"World War II was a crucible that forged the modern identities of South Asian nations in ways rarely acknowledged since. While overlong, this book illuminates that period."
Though the story is overshadowed today by the cataclysmic aftereffects of independence and partition, India during World War II raised the largest volunteer fighting force in history, ineluctably altering the nation's social structure and political makeup. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENTS AND THE CONSTITUTION by Ken Gormley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 10, 2016

"A useful, educational tome featuring top-drawer contributors—though female scholars are woefully underrepresented."
A fluidly fashioned collection of essays about how the roster of American presidents shaped the executive duties as defined in the Constitution. Read full book review >
FIRST DADS by Joshua Kendall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Rich in detail, this informative book gives new understanding to our nation's leaders and their offspring."
A look at the parenting practices of American presidents. Read full book review >
HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Charles Rappleye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Concluding with the rise of Franklin Roosevelt, this study is finely focused and fills an important niche in presidential scholarship."
A fair-handed, surprisingly sympathetic new appraisal of the much-vilified president who was faced with the nation's plunge into the Great Depression. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Geographers and American history buffs will enjoy Fenster's detailed research on these fascinating men, her easy style of writing, and tales beyond the textbooks. She opens an entirely new vista on those who opened the West."
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory for $15 million but did not know its borders. Fenster (FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 2009, etc.) ably depicts the men who set out to discover them.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2016

"A competent piece of historical detective work that is less satisfying as popular history."
An attempt to identify the true culprit behind the excessively bloody taking of a German fortress by green American forces at the tail end of World War I. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >