History Book Reviews (page 4)

SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS by Adam Hochschild
HISTORY
Released: March 29, 2016

"Hochschild ably explores subtle shades of the conflict that contemporary authors and participants did not want to consider."
A nuanced look at the messy international allegiances forged during the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 29, 2016

"A fantastic addition to the shelves of World War I histories."
The first English-language account of a small army that actually took control of Siberia in 1918. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 22, 2016

"A historical tour de force."
No less than Paris in the 1920s, New York City in the 1940s was the center of the world, according to this exhilarating account of the city during that decade. Read full book review >
THE LOST BOOK OF MOSES by Chanan Tigay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A work of broad appeal, for the history buff and mystery lover alike."
The search for the world's oldest biblical manuscript. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 21, 2016

"A significant work of social history bound to please serious readers and scholars."
The story of more than 55 million people who succumbed to "America fever" and emigrated from Eastern Europe in the century before World War II. Read full book review >

THE MEDICI by Paul Strathern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"A fantastically comprehensive history covering the breadth of the great learning, art, politics, and religion of the period."
The prolific author continues to do what he does best—bring history to wondrous life—with this thorough history of the Medici family, the stimulus and backbone of the Renaissance. Read full book review >
LADIES NIGHT AT THE DREAMLAND by Sonja Livingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Wise, fresh, captivating essays."
Radiant essays inspired by "slivers and bits" of real women's lives. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 10, 2016

"Out of a 'fractured and fractious time,' the author asserts persuasively, the medieval mind evolved into the modern. Another thought-provoking winner from Grayling."
A British philosopher examines a century of profound intellectual change. Read full book review >
RAOUL WALLENBERG by Ingrid Carlberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"A riveting biography of a remarkable man."
The making of an unlikely hero. Read full book review >
AT WAR ON THE GOTHIC LINE by Christian Jennings
HISTORY
Released: March 8, 2016

"An excellent book refreshingly unlike most tedious, confusing war stories. Jennings brings his easy journalistic style and thorough fact finding to one of the most desperate conflicts of the war, teaching us how war stories should be written."
Journalist and war correspondent Jennings (Bosnia's Million Bones: Solving the World's Greatest Forensic Puzzle, 2013, etc.) chronicles the World War II battles in Italy in 1944 and 1945.Read full book review >
ERUPTION by Steve Olson
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2016

"A riveting trek combining enthralling nature writing with engaging social history."
A National Book Award finalist unravels the compelling back story of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Read full book review >
THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN by Timothy Egan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A fascinating, well-told story by an author fully committed to his subject. Egan's impeccable research, uncomplicated readability, and flowing narrative reflect his deep knowledge of a difficult and complex man."
The story of Thomas Meagher (1823-1867), an Irishman radicalized by the famine who became a hero on three continents. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >