History Book Reviews (page 3)

THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >
SPINNING HISTORY by Nathaniel Lande
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2017

"Military history unfortunately propelled by the author's insistent imagery."
A journalist portrays World War II as a grand theatrical production. Read full book review >

THE WORLD REMADE by G.J. Meyer
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2017

"A refreshing look at this still-much-debated world debacle."
A sturdy one-volume study of America's role in World War I. Read full book review >
THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA by James Barron
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 7, 2017

"A scintillating foray into 'what makes something collectible, valuable, and enduring.'"
The biography of a very special stamp. Read full book review >
MARCH 1917 by Will Englund
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2017

"An entertaining narrative of events that have received more thorough treatment elsewhere."
In his debut, Washington Post assistant foreign editor Englund takes a close look at a month "that wrenched America toward a new course." Read full book review >

A RABBLE OF DEAD MONEY by Charles R. Morris
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 7, 2017

"Both neophytes and experts will find something provocative and rewarding in this unfailingly interesting treatment."
Morris (Comeback: America's New Economic Boom, 2013, etc.) revisits history's greatest economic meltdown. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An entertaining story of the irresistible cult of a creepy car."
The shadowy provenance of a wartime German limousine and the dizzying succession of owners over decades afterward. Read full book review >
WILD NIGHTS by Benjamin Reiss
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fresh approach to a familiar phenomenon."
A thorough probing into why sleep is such a problem for so many in contemporary society. Read full book review >
ISABELLA OF CASTILE by Giles Tremlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A combination of a solid biography of an extraordinary monarch and a concise history of turbulent 15th-century Spain."
Engaging new appraisal of Europe's first female monarch and her long, consequential reign. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2017

"Another solid work of history from an author and historian who truly grasps the mysteries of ancient Egypt."
The second studious volume in the author's massive history of ancient Egypt. Read full book review >
AGENT 110 by Scott Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Entertaining for both its historical insights into WWII and its dramatic narrative."
A doozy of a dossier on Allen Dulles and his early days spying during World War II. Read full book review >
BLITZED by Norman Ohler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Written with dramatic flair (Ohler has published several novels in Germany), this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich."
An intense chronicle of "systematic drug abuse" in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >