History Book Reviews (page 4)

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A quirky but always delightful social history that will convince most readers that social revolutions have been happening for a long time."
Most observers agree that the 20th century saw dazzling changes: the automobile, airplane, atom bomb, antibiotics, computers, space travel, the internet, and hundreds of other amazing advancements. What century can match that? Every one since 1000, responds veteran British social historian Mortimer, and he makes a convincing case. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A cogently argued account that lays bare the similarities and differences between the world today and earlier theoretical shortcomings."
An economic historian challenges both politicians and economists in this account of why the post-World War II economic boom came to an end and what followed. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Not always easy reading but a book from which more than just Irish citizens can learn."
Irish history from the Irish point of view. Read full book review >
WHEN THE NEW DEAL CAME TO TOWN by George Melloan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Authors tend to want to reach the maximum number of readers; Melloan, on the other hand, seems determined to drive away anybody who might be considered a 'liberal.'"
A retired Wall Street Journal editor recalls growing up in a small Midwestern town in the 1930s and strives to show the relevance to today's economic struggles across the country. Read full book review >
JFK AND THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A fresh perspective on a president whose style, legacy, and politics continue to inspire discussions about freedom and leadership values."
A focused cultural analysis of John F. Kennedy's "manly ethos." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A winning concluding volume in a series that does for Eleanor Roosevelt what Robert Caro has done for Lyndon Johnson."
Having already devoted more than 1,200 pages to the extraordinary life of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in two previous installments, the skilled biographer offers the final volume. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A deeply informed investigation into a radically innovative poet."
The creation and influence of an iconic modernist poem. Read full book review >
CASANOVA by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Casanova's adventures include plenty of juicy details, and Bergreen weaves in just enough to prove his reputation. His travels during one of history's most exciting periods will be great fun for any history lover."
Bergreen (Columbus: The Four Voyages, 2011, etc.) applies his historical storytelling skills to the famous Venetian lover, introducing his intellectual side. Read full book review >
BULLETINS FROM DALLAS by Bill Sanderson
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"More interesting than Smith himself is the author's portrayal of the news business in the 1950s and '60s."
The life and work of a noted White House reporter. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched, comprehensive look at the Civil War regiments who took the first step in the struggle to make their countrymen see them as intelligent, capable men."
The story of the black men, slaves and free, of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry, some of the greatest fighters of the Civil War. Read full book review >
SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A first-rate work of graphic memoir dealing with a pivotal period in modern American history."
The early years of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a child, as rendered by the graphic artist he became. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A compelling examination of the long, divisive road to America's emergence, in 1919, as 'the most formidable power in the world.'"
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian reveals America's evolution into nationhood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >