History Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: May 8, 2018

"Meacham ably depicts our nation's struggles to live up to Lincoln's words, but he oversells the notion that the fruits of past efforts are at risk in today's America."
An esteemed historian and author chronicles America's never-ending fight to live up to her ideals. Read full book review >
Released: May 4, 2018

"A revealing account of complex aspirations for global justice."
The history of a campaign for a universal bill of human rights that generated fierce controversy. Read full book review >

Released: May 3, 2018

"An invaluable account of genuine heroism in the midst of one of the most terrifying episodes of human history."
How businessmen, ministers, secretaries, and others carried on unarmed resistance during World War II. Read full book review >
THE JEWISH JOKE by Devorah  Baum
Released: May 2, 2018

"Delightfully entertaining and cheerfully insightful."
A compendium of jokes that reflect and create a sense of cultural identity. Read full book review >
RICHARD III by Chris Skidmore
Released: May 1, 2018

"One of the least biased accounts of Richard III; the author acknowledges his subject's faults without justifying them."
A new biography of the alternately reviled and beloved king and his times. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2018

"A detailed yet hardly groundbreaking rendering of a significant moment in political history."
A focused history of the period between Election Day 1960 and Inauguration Day 1961. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"An edifying history that, given America's current global diplomatic stance, is also timely and hopefully instructive to those faced with similarly dire circumstances."
For 13 days in October 1962, during the hottest part of the Cold War, the fate of humanity was at stake. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A must-have for fans of ancient reptiles and their lost world."
A nimble introduction to the world of dinosaurs, those supposed "dead ends in the history of life." Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"Of interest for students of French history or the history of finance, if they can tie it all together."
The tale of two 17th- and 18th-century French families, a story that begins as a fairy tale and ends as a nightmare. Read full book review >
THE BLACK PRINCE by Michael Jones
Released: May 1, 2018

"A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times."
Jones (Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England, 2015, etc.) brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Read full book review >
WORLD WAR II AT SEA by Craig L. Symonds
Released: May 1, 2018

"No revisionist but a solid storyteller and naval scholar, Symonds mixes politics, strategy, sea battle fireworks, technical details, and personal anecdotes to deliver one of the better single-volume histories of the naval portion of WWII."
A veteran maritime historian delivers a satisfying one-volume history of "the impact of sea services from all nations on the overall trajectory and even the outcome" of World War II. Read full book review >
BIBI by Anshel Pfeffer
Released: May 1, 2018

"A perceptive history of a beleaguered nation and one deeply flawed leader."
An unsparing examination of the Israeli prime minister's rise to power. 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 >