History Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"An important story enriched by solid research and authorial commitment but weakened by excess."
A thoroughly researched but somewhat cluttered account of Ted Williams and other professional baseball players who enlisted in the military in World War II and also managed to play some baseball. Read full book review >
FIVE FOR FREEDOM by Eugene L. Meyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"A good book for Civil War buffs."
Former Washington Post reporter and editor Meyer (Chesapeake Country, 2015, etc.) rights a wrong older than the Civil War: Five African-American men made up 25 percent of John Brown's crew at Harpers Ferry. Until the 2009 sesquicentennial, they were never mentioned. Read full book review >

UNCIVIL WARRIORS by Peter Charles Hoffer
Released: June 1, 2018

"A worthy addition to the thinking person's Civil War library."
An exploration of several legal conundrums of the Civil War. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A fascinating journey led by a passionate guide."
Emotionally wrenching music from northwestern Greece evokes questions about the meaning of music itself. Read full book review >
PLANET FUNNY by Ken Jennings
Released: May 29, 2018

"This book is full of good sense and meaningful interviews, and it would be difficult to find a smarter or more satisfying treatment of a subject so evanescent and idiosyncratic as comedy."
In his second departure from quiz-show fare, Jennings (Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, 2012, etc.) tracks the development of an abiding personal passion: comedy. Read full book review >

Released: May 29, 2018

"A hard-hitting, mostly convincing analysis of endemic problems that will require further intensive study."
A broken nation requires crucial changes. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A manifesto that looks to the past to find direction for the future."
The Democratic Party must refocus its efforts against the Republican Party, showing that their values are different and that the game is rigged. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world."
A captivating triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust's Duchesse de Guermantes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Serious history buffs may roll their eyes, but if they concentrate on the lives of the main characters and less on the patriotic frills, they will not regret the reading experience."
"World War I marked the death of the old world and the emergence of the modern era." A century later, a prolific military historian revives one of that cataclysm's most iconic personal stories. Read full book review >
TESLA by Richard Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Readers will share Munson's frustration at this seeming frittering of a magnificent talent, but they will absolutely enjoy his sympathetic, insightful portrait."
A lucid, expertly researched biography of the brilliant Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a contemporary and competitor of Thomas Edison who was equally celebrated during his life. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2018

"This is no beach book. Rossellini gives us illuminating classes in art history, Western civilization, philosophy, and religion, all rolled into one book that must be read closely and pondered fully."
Polymath Rossellini shares the fruits of her broad knowledge of literature, philosophy, art, and history in this dense yet highly rewarding work in which readers "return to the early times of our history with the intention of rediscovering the building blocks of our contemporary personality." Read full book review >
HARVEY MILK by Lillian Faderman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."
A new biography of the controversial and groundbreaking Harvey Milk (1930-1978). 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 >