History Book Reviews (page 3)

PISTOLS AND PETTICOATS by Erika Janik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An entertaining history of women's daring, defiant life choices."
A history of the intrepid women who ventured into male territory to solve crimes. Read full book review >
DISRAELI by David Cesarani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A focused biography that derives its excellent specificity from Disraeli's writings."
A well-documented life of the Victorian statesman and novelist Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) devotes much attention to his strong sense of being a Jew and an outsider. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 26, 2016

"A nuanced study of the illusory, troubling early arguments over emancipation and integration."
How the concept of "separate but equal" emerged from whites' inability to envision full civil rights for blacks and Native Americans after emancipation. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 26, 2016

"A cogent, organized history of the beginnings of free speech in the United States."
Accessible study of America's fierce devotion to freedom of speech through the vociferous public reactions to Britain's perceived tyranny. Read full book review >
SPEAKING FREELY by Robert L. Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A well-written book for lovers of book publishing and supporters of human rights."
Former Random House President Bernstein gives a fascinating history of publishing in the 20th century and traces the beginnings of the human rights movement. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 26, 2016

"Well written and full of firsthand insight—a good companion to weightier studies such as Timothy Miller's The 60s Communes (1999) and Arthur Kopecky's Leaving New Buffalo Commune (2006)."
If you can remember the '60s, you may have been there—but as a very young person, as this thoughtful history reveals. Read full book review >
THE UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN NOTEBOOKS by Igort
HISTORY
Released: April 26, 2016

"A work that ranks with the best journalism and the finest graphic artistry."
A masterful mix of journalistic reporting and graphic art. Read full book review >
TOM PAINE'S IRON BRIDGE by Edward G. Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2016

"A fresh look at an influential political activist."
The story of a man committed to transforming the landscape of the new world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2016

"A thorough look at the dissension that tore the country apart."
A historian examines Abraham Lincoln's trajectory toward the ending of slavery. Read full book review >
THE HABSBURG EMPIRE by Pieter M. Judson
HISTORY
Released: April 25, 2016

"A nuanced scholarly reappraisal of a significant European empire."
A fresh look at this sprawling empire that rejects its previous characterization as "backward" and asserts an overall administrative enlightenment the citizenry found engaging. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A chilling portrait of a country under siege and one man's defiance."
The tale of a devoted collector of manuscripts who outwitted militant jihadis. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 2016

"A straightforward account considers all sides to these precise missions."
From breaching German dams to targeting U-boat pens with "Grand Slams," the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron receives fresh recognition for crippling the Nazi war machine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >