History Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An excellent complement to recent work by other Russian journalists who have turned to history, and to brilliant purpose."
A vivid, character-driven reconstruction of the period leading up to the overthrow of the Romanovs and the birth of modern Russia. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion."
An ambitious, kaleidoscopic history of race and politics in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >

THE FATE OF ROME by Kyle  Harper
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"There is much to absorb in this significant scholarly achievement, which effectively integrates natural, social, and humanistic sciences to show how the fall of the empire caused the decline of Rome."
A view of the fall of Rome from a different angle, looking beyond military and social collapse to man's relationship to the environment. Read full book review >
ARTHUR VANDENBERG by Hendrik  Meijer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A sturdy and necessary biography of a politically principled man who is sadly fading into obscurity."
The executive chairman of superstore chain Meijer, Inc. offers a detailed and admiring biography of Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951), who played key roles in forming U.S. policy throughout the early decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HOW WE WON AND LOST THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN by Douglas  Grindle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Maddening, but helpful in pointing the way toward meaningful reforms in the conduct of American policy in the region."
The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, with more to come. Journalist and military analyst Grindle shows why that loss of treasure has amounted to so little. Read full book review >

RED AT HEART by Elizabeth  McGuire
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A lively history of Chinese-Russian political and cultural symbiosis."
A cultural chronicle of the rich Chinese-Russian interplay and exchange from the 1920s to the 1950s. Read full book review >
GLORIANA by Bertram Fields
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A comprehensive and unusual look at England's most famous queen."
Fields (Shylock: His Own Story, 2015, etc.) tackles the knowns and unknowns of England's Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) in this work of history.Read full book review >
JEWISH COMEDY by Jeremy Dauber
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A wide-ranging and insightful cultural analysis."
An erudite survey of the evolution and distinctiveness of Jewish humor. Read full book review >
THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON by Noah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A timely biography presenting a valuable counterbalance to the current enthusiasm for Hamilton."
Feldman (Law/Harvard Univ.; Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, 2013, etc.) returns with a substantial biography of our fourth president. Read full book review >
THE BURNING TIME by Virginia Rounding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An intriguing, astute look at this volatile period, though the author includes too many victim biographies, occasionally slowing the pace."
Rounding (Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina, 2012, etc.) explores the depth of the differences and the dangers of life under Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Mary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully."
Blood is thicker than water, but friendship is perhaps thickest of all, particularly when it acts as a poultice for seemingly unhealable wounds. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A lively exploration of the history of art and the tastemakers and dealers whose influence in shaping it is often overlooked."
A narrative of the art dealers and gallerists who have shaped art history from behind the scenes. 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 >