History Book Reviews (page 4)

SYRIA by John McHugo
HISTORY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Scholarly but accessible and of much interest to those with an eye on geopolitical matters."
Sober-minded history of a nation that has existed in its present form for less than a century, one "predestined to descend into chaos and civil war." Read full book review >
EXPLORING LINCOLN by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2015

"A thoughtful treat for the Lincoln and Civil War crowds."
Noted historians reflect on the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >

TOO HOT TO HANDLE by Jonathan Zimmerman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 2015

"An informative, occasionally dry account of the attempts to educate the world about human sexual relations."
A chronological narrative of sex education around the world. Read full book review >
Auschwitz #34207 by Nancy Sprowell Geise
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2015

"A riveting, well-documented account of survival that's harrowing, inspiring and unforgettable."
Debut biographer Geise (The Eighth Sea, 2012) tells the remarkable story of Joe Rubinstein, a survivor of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
A BRIEF STOP ON THE ROAD FROM AUSCHWITZ by Göran Rosenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A deeply felt story and a sobering reminder of the long shadows of the Holocaust."
A searing survivor's tale told by a son. Read full book review >

ELEANOR MARX by Rachel Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A full-fleshed, thrilling portrait, troubling and full of family secrets."
The extraordinary life of Karl Marx's feisty feminist youngest daughter told with passionate sympathy and conviction. Read full book review >
LUSITANIA by Greg King
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Those who relish tales of the rich and famous will appreciate this book, but the real joy is in the authors' detective work and attention to detail."
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, King and Wilson (The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World's Greatest Royal Mystery, 2010) dig for clues to unanswered questions.Read full book review >
ANONYMOUS SOLDIERS by Bruce Hoffman
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"An authoritative, sweeping, important history that shows how terrorism 'is neither irrational nor desperate but instead entirely rational and often carefully calculated and choreographed.'"
How Jewish terrorists defeated British rule. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A harrowing—and, in this era of drones, absolutely pertinent—look at the rapacious reaches of man's murderous imagination."
A British historian of considerable breadth and accomplishment, Preston (The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842, 2012, etc.) focuses on three wartime innovations that elevated to new heights mankind's ability to slaughter itself: submarines, zeppelins and poison gas.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A seasoned historian weaves a heartwarming story."
The less-heralded precursor to the Berlin Airlift receives a lively treatment from a popular historian. Read full book review >
MOURNING LINCOLN by Martha Hodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A layered, nuanced work demonstrating the mingling of 'the cataclysmic with the routine.'"
Universal responses to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln—black and white, North and South, incredulous, gleeful or vengeful—make for grim yet engrossing reading. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST AUGUST by Dilip Hiro
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Though dense and occasionally arid, a highly useful reference for those seeking to understand the geopolitics of a region often in the news for outbreaks of violence."
An explanation of the intractable enmity of two South Asian peoples and nations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >