History Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
IRREPRESSIBLE by Emily Bingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Deeply researched, Bingham's engrossing biography brings her glamorous, tormented ancestor vividly to life."
A colorful portrait of a daring woman. 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 >
BEING NIXON by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Even allowing for a little politicking, this is one of the better books on Nixon in the recent crop, worth reading alongside Rick Perlstein's decidedly less sympathetic Nixonland (2008) and Tim Weiner's One Man Against the World (2015)."
A sympathetic—unusually so—portrait of the disgraced president by accomplished biographer and historian Thomas (Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE AND THE COUNTESS by Chris Laoutaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"Intrepid research translates into a sometimes-intriguing narrative stuffed with mystifying detail."
The dense story of the 1596 endeavor by a powerful, litigious countess to block the opening of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre in London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >