History Book Reviews (page 3)

THE COLLECTOR OF LIVES by Ingrid D. Rowland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Rowland and Charney do more than deliver a richly detailed life of this singular Renaissance figure. They raise intriguing questions about how tastes and standards develop."
The life and times of a true Renaissance man who knew everyone—and immortalized them forever. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wise, thoughtful, and valuable, this book will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today."
The making of "five unforgettable leaders who lived, worked, struggled, and triumphed in different circumstances toward different ends." Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A delight for New York aficionados. Every city needs a version of this artist and her book."
In busy cartoons and archly entertaining prose, New Yorker artist Wertz (Museum of Mistakes, 2014, etc.) serves up a grandly alternative history of Gotham. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A superb, alarming portrait of a government that exercises outsize influence in the modern world, at great human cost."
A brilliant if somber look at modern Russia, a failed democracy, by prizewinning journalist Gessen (The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther."
A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"First-rate scholarship that pulses with the beat of a most human heart."
The remarkable story of a group of Jewish ghetto inmates who "would not let their culture be trampled upon and incinerated." Read full book review >
RUSSIA IN FLAMES by Laura  Engelstein
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"A comprehensive, ideologically detached, and enormously enlightening work of Russian history."
A simultaneously sweeping and focused history of the Bolshevik Revolution as a brutal co-opting of the legitimate democratic groundswell. Read full book review >
WITHDRAWAL by Gregory  Daddis
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Solid scholarly history that should arouse spirited arguments among historians and will also appeal to a wider audience."
A historical revision of the last few years of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
GREATER GOTHAM by Mike Wallace
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"True to its subject, a monumental work of myriad vantage points."
From the consolidation of the city into five boroughs to the massive upheavals after World War I. Read full book review >
TRACES OF VERMEER by Jane  Jelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Featuring wonderful illustrations, engaging prose, and a deep knowledge of the craft, this is a study in art history and methodology to delight an audience beyond just visual artists."
A painter of still life and landscape shares her theories and re-creations of Johannes Vermeer's artistic methods, primarily whether or not he used a camera obscura. Read full book review >
SAIGON CALLING by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An excellent combination of personal insight and historical sweep."
The second volume of the author's critically acclaimed graphic memoir of the Vietnam War era. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An exceptional introduction to the Templars."
An up-close look at the legendary band of Crusaders. 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 >