History Book Reviews (page 4)

WHEN THE DIAMONDS WERE GONE by Julian Padowicz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A sad and curious memoir that will make others with unhappy childhoods know they're not alone."
Padowicz (A Scandal in Venice, 2013, etc.) adds the memoir of his years as a refugee in the United States to his earlier works about his and his mother's escape from Poland during World War II.Read full book review >
BORN TO BE WILD by Randy D. McBee
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2015

"A dynamite subject whose explosions are somewhat muted by the generally dispassionate tenor of the text."
A thorough, academic cultural history of the motorcycle and its riders since the second world war. Read full book review >

THE TANK MAN'S SON by Mark Bouman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Never preachy or self-pitying, just an honest story well written and well told."
A touching memoir of a truly miserable childhood. Read full book review >
TERRORISTS AT THE TABLE by Jonathan Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"Powell's urgent, reasoned, and impassioned argument for negotiation has the potential to contribute significantly to public debate."
A road map for the fraught, fragile road to possible peace with terrorist organizations. Read full book review >
THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIENCE by Gary Hart
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 30, 2015

"A proactive appeal to restore confidence in the American republic."
A former presidential candidate and senator explores America's mounting discontent with the nation's political landscape. Read full book review >

THE OREGON TRAIL by Rinker Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"By turns frankly hilarious, historically elucidating, emotionally touching, and deeply informative."
A crazy whim of a trip on a covered wagon turns into an inspired exploration of American identity. Read full book review >
THE 51 DAY WAR by Max Blumenthal
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 30, 2015

"Explosive, pull-no-punches reporting that is certain to stir controversy."
An alarming report on Israel's devastating 2014 attack on Gaza. Read full book review >
HOW PROPAGANDA WORKS by Jason Stanley
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 24, 2015

"Laymen beware, but curious and disciplined readers will find a useful examination of propaganda's pervasiveness."
An academic analysis of the ways in which propaganda still functions and influences ideology in contemporary society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"History brought to vivid life in the characters of these women of purpose."
Two Renaissance queens—who also happened to be mother and daughter—receive a thorough treatment. Read full book review >
THE RAPE OF EUROPA by Charles FitzRoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Some will prefer more about Titian's work, as this book has too much extraneous information, but it should broaden readers' knowledge of the many other worlds that surround the history of art."
Trailing the provenance of Titian's greatest work, Fine Art Travel tour leader FitzRoy (The Sultan's Istanbul on 5 Kurush a Day, 2013, etc.) includes short histories of Europe's great powers and lessons in art and art history. Read full book review >
PIRATE HUNTERS by Robert Kurson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"An enjoyable read, especially if you've got a thing for pirates."
A look inside the world of professional treasure hunters, focused on the search for a sunken pirate ship. Read full book review >
THE COST OF COURAGE by Charles Kaiser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"At once heroic and heartbreaking, this story leaves an indelible mark."
A former reporter and award-winning author rescues the almost unbelievable account of one family's experience in Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >