History Book Reviews (page 4)

RENOIR'S DANCER by Catherine Hewitt
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A well-researched tribute to and resurrection of a master of fin de siècle art."
Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) may not be a name most people mention when they discuss great artists. This biography should change that. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Essential for students of women's rights and popular political movements in the modern era and an inspiration for future actions."
Richly illustrated, engagingly written history of second-wave feminism and successor movements from the 1960s to the present. Read full book review >

NEVER REMEMBER by Masha Gessen
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago."
A charged indictment of Soviet terror and historical amnesia alike. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"We are all implicated in the world of the giant factory, but students of economic history and geopolitics in particular will find much of value here."
Wide-ranging study of the world's factories over the last three centuries. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A light, lively narrative about a singular, narcissistic woman."
A biography of a seductress, gold digger, and Nazi collaborator. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Dense but satisfying history of a time when 'Britons were prodigiously energetic, industrious and creative, even as they were also in many ways a flawed and fallible people.'"
The acclaimed British historian meticulously traces every aspect of Britain from the Act of Union (with Ireland) in 1800 until the 1906 landslide by the Liberal Party. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Ambitious though overly long; some streamlining would have been welcome. Still, a definitive account of a complex subject that's hard to pin down."
A doggedly detailed history of imperial America, beginning before the establishment of the republic and continuing to the present. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A persuasive call to rethink foreign policy and heal domestic fissures."
How tribalism causes problems at home and abroad. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Highly accessible, consistently interesting popular science writing."
An exceptionally reader-friendly introduction to human evolution. Read full book review >
SECRETS WE KEPT by Krystal A. Sital
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A powerful, disturbing narrative in which pain flows out from the page, drenching readers."
A freelance journalist (New York Times Magazine, Salon, etc.) debuts with a wrenching, deeply personal memoir about the lives of three generations of women in Trinidad and Tobago. Read full book review >
THE WATERGATE by Joseph Rodota
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A richly detailed history of a site awarded landmark status."
The story of the six-building complex of residences, offices, and hotel that has served as a Washington, D.C., power center from the time it opened in 1965. Read full book review >
WITHOUT PRECEDENT by Joel Richard Paul
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A well-informed, perceptive, and absorbing biography of a titan of American history."
A biography of the fourth and greatest chief justice of the United States. 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 >