History Book Reviews (page 4)

UNDER ANOTHER SKY by Charlotte Higgins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A thoroughly researched, elegantly written history."
Inquiring into the deep sources of British identity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A tenderly engaging saga of solid research and emotional connection."
The saga of a well-situated American doctor and his Swiss-born wife caught up in Resistance activity in occupied Paris. Read full book review >

THE LONGEST YEAR by Victor Brooks
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A seasoned historian delivers a fluently readable history."
A clearly delineated thesis that examines the decisive battles in turning back the Axis powers of World War II. Read full book review >
OTHER PASTS, DIFFERENT PRESENTS, ALTERNATIVE FUTURES by Jeremy Black
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Black's academic style can drag readers down in certain dry and wordy sections. However, his scholarly outlook on history today, its ambiguity and uncertainty, the need of analyzing, interpreting, and reinterpreting events, makes it well worth fighting through slow patches to appreciate his extensive store of knowledge."
A dense study of counterfactualism and its use in the practice of history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A worthy sortie that explores a curtain-closing moment in history that might have gone very badly indeed."
The surrender that almost wasn't: an illuminating study of the last moments of World War II. Read full book review >

NAGASAKI by Susan Southard
HISTORY
Released: July 28, 2015

"A valiant, moving work of research certain to provoke vigorous discussion."
Intense, deeply detailed, and compassionate account of the atomic bomb's effects on the people and city of Nagasaki, then and now. Read full book review >
DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC! by Elijah Wald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2015

"An enjoyable slice of 20th-century music journalism almost certain to provide something for most readers, no matter one's personal feelings about Dylan's music or persona."
Music journalist and musician Wald (Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap, 2014, etc.) focuses on one evening in music history to explain the evolution of contemporary music, especially folk, blues, and rock.Read full book review >
NAPOLEON ON WAR by Bruno Colson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2015

"A thoroughly detailed scholarly work, somewhat repetitious and not for the merely curious or casual reader. For professional military historians and theorists, however, it should be highly useful."
Editor Colson (History/Universite de Namur, Belgium) closely examines the military concepts and strategies of "the greatest warrior of all time," whose "mastery of mass warfare and his ability to raise, organize, and equip numerous armies dramatically changed the art of war." Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 21, 2015

"In terms of overarching significance, this is a slight book. It's worthy, however, for devoted professional baseball fans and for its artfulness in creating a narrative focused primarily on just one pitch—like that achieved by Mike Sowell in The Pitch that Killed (1989)."
New York Daily News sports columnist Bondy (Who's on Worst?: The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History, 2013, etc.) builds an entire book around one controversial play during a game between the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals on July 24, 1983. Read full book review >
BEING BERLUSCONI by Michael Day
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"As entertaining and shocking as one would hope for, but the book leaves readers with more questions than answers."
In the first comprehensive examination of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's life and career, Independent Italy correspondent Day paints a lively but noncomplex picture of an ambitious and deeply flawed man in a system that accommodated his numerous vices.Read full book review >
OUR MAN IN CHARLESTON by Christopher Dickey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"A great book explaining the workings of what Dickey calls an erratic, cobbled-together coalition of ferociously independent states. It should be in the library of any student of diplomacy, as well as Civil War buffs."
In this biography of Robert Bunch, the British consul in Charleston, South Carolina, at the beginning of the Civil War, Daily Beast foreign editor Dickey (Securing the City: Inside America's Best Counterterror Force—The NYPD, 2010, etc.) illustrates how an outside observer can understand more about a situation than the parties involved.Read full book review >
PALIMPSEST by Matthew Battles
HISTORY
Released: July 21, 2015

"A fascinating exploration stylishly and gracefully told."
An illuminating look at the origins and impact of writing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >