History Book Reviews (page 4)

BAPTISTS IN AMERICA by Thomas S. Kidd
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"An instructive work that allows for a fuller understanding of an important religious element in America."
A thoroughgoing study of Baptists, radicalized by persecution and honed by internal schism. Read full book review >
THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD WAR TWO by Richard Overy
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"A good choice for new insights into aspects of the war we never knew, such as the 'other' D-Day in the Marianas and the great significance of the Eastern front in the final outcome."
Distinguished historians explore developments in the study of World War II. Read full book review >

BUCKLEY AND MAILER by Kevin M. Schultz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"In a book rich in anecdote and insight, Schultz assays their relationship splendidly."
A perceptive analysis of the evolution of political cultures that infuses a dissection of the contradictions within liberal and conservative thought with revealing character studies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Schneiderhan leaves it to us to continue the journey these two began. His work, like theirs, is inspiring."
Schneiderhan's (Sociology/Univ. of Toronto) biographical comparison of Jane Addams (1860-1935) and Barack Obama illustrates how little has changed regarding the difficulties of community building. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"A dense but accessible discussion of the metaphysical role of time in human affairs."
In 1922, at a meeting of the French Society of Philosophy, Henri Bergson (1859-1941), "one of the most respected philosophers of his era," expressed unhappiness with Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, which discarded the concept of absolute time and denied the reality of simultaneity. Present in the audience, Einstein disagreed. Read full book review >

ROME'S REVOLUTION by Richard Alston
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"A touch on the dry side but a feast for classical scholars."
A detailed history of Rome's transition from republic to empire, a disruptive, violent process. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT by Benjamin Hedin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2015

"Thoughtful essays on this significant struggle, ongoing and continuous."
A journalistic foray into the work of unsung heroes in the civil rights struggle, then and now. Read full book review >
OUT OF ASHES by Konrad H. Jarausch
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"Comprehensive and with a convincing closing defense of the best of European ideals as contrasted with the 'prescriptions of military strength, unilateral intervention, unrestrained speculation, and social conservatism' that prevail on the other side of the Atlantic."
Massive but well-contained and richly detailed account of history's bloodiest century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"A pleasure for students of modern history, especially useful for those seeking an introduction to the broad field of intellectual history. Barzun, Berlin, and Needham would likely argue at points, but this fits squarely in their tradition."
A broad survey of the ideas that have driven modern history since the 19th century—and on account of which millions of lives have been changed for good or ill. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ENTERPRISE by Andy Serwer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 26, 2015

"An attractively presented guide and showcase to the museum and to business history."
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History provides an illustrated overview of the country's business history, including images of objects and artifacts in the museum's collections. Read full book review >
JFK AND LBJ by Godfrey Hodgson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A deeply detailed, fascinating characterization of two men, a country, and an era. Sometimes it takes a non-American to see what we all missed."
British commentator Hodgson (Martin Luther King, 2009, etc.) dissects the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.Read full book review >
GUMPTION by Nick Offerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A smart book of straight talk where laughter and logic meet."
An actor's comedic exploration into America's most gumption-exemplifying citizens. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >