History Book Reviews (page 4)

BLACK TUDORS by Miranda  Kaufmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An eminently readable book that offers contemporary readers valuable insights into racial relations of centuries past."
An intriguing history of Africans in Tudor England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Capably written and argued, though only the future will tell whether the elegy for the Republican establishment is premature."
A thoughtful political biography of two dynasts of a now-receding generation of politicians. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A careful, circumstantial study that compares favorably to Theodore H. White's presidents series and that politics junkies will find irresistible."
An excellent account of the 1968 presidential race, a political season of spoilers, outsiders, and broken machines eerily like our own time. Read full book review >
THE MAYFLOWER by Rebecca Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The story of the Winslows is an effective way to experience the emotions and fears of the small band who dauntlessly sailed off to the New World."
Fraser (The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present, 2005, etc.) personalizes the legend of the Pilgrims by focusing on Edward Winslow and family and their voyage from England to Holland to Plymouth. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL RELATIVE by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book."
The bestselling immersion journalist embarks on a world-spanning journey of family and genealogy. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Travel writing about places no one can travel."
Traveling through the islands of myth and fantasy with a guide who does his best to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. Read full book review >
THE DAWN WATCH by Maya Jasanoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An insightful perspective on Conrad's life and turbulent times."
An absorbing biography melds history and literary analysis. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A wonderful look into the beginnings of Australia and the remarkable strength of the survivors of these dangerous voyages."
A British historian recounts the links between the founding of the British penal colony in Australia and the mutiny on the Bounty. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WORLD SEEMED NEW by Jeffrey A.  Engel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Useful reading for anyone with an interest in the first years of the post-Cold War era."
Revisionist study of George H.W. Bush's term in the White House, which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the U.S. as the world's sole superpower. Read full book review >
FIRST FOUNDING FATHER by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sturdy, instructive biography of the 'first of the Founding Fathers to call for independence, first to call for union, and first to call for a bill of rights.'"
In public awareness, Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) has slipped into the cracks of historical anonymity; this book pulls him back into the light. Read full book review >
STORMTROOPERS by Daniel  Siemens
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A considerable work that promises to be the preferred text in English on the brown-shirted stormtroopers for some time to come."
An exhaustive examination of Hitler's Sturmabteilungen, aka the SA. 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 >