History Book Reviews (page 4)

CITIZEN COKE by Bartow J. Elmore
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"A superb, quietly devastating environmental and business history."
An eye-opening account of the "unmatched ecological appetite" behind Coca-Cola's worldwide success. Read full book review >
PRESIDENTS AND THEIR GENERALS by Matthew Moten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A brilliant, fascinating picture of how wars badly begun and poorly run can affect an entire country—usually at the hands of just a few men."
Military historian Moten (co-author: Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars, 2011, etc.), former head of the history department at West Point, traces the long struggle of presidents to assert their power over recalcitrant generals.Read full book review >

FIELDS OF BLOOD by Karen Armstrong
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"An intriguing read, useful resource and definitive voice in defense of the divine in human culture."
Comparative religions expert Armstrong (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, 2010, etc.) provides a comprehensive and erudite study of the history of violence in relation to religion. Read full book review >
ISABELLA by Kirstin Downey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A strong, fascinating woman, Isabella helped to usher in the modern age, and this rich, clearly written biography is a worthy chronicle of her impressive yet controversial life."
Downey (The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience, 2009) brings her journalistic expertise to this excellent chronicle of the end of the Middle Ages and that time period's most significant female figures. Read full book review >
SECTION 60 by Robert M. Poole
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A momentous and moving follow-up to On Hallowed Ground."
An honorable survey of Arlington National Cemetery's subdivision for military personnel killed in the global war on terror. Read full book review >

THE UNSUBSTANTIAL AIR by Samuel Hynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Intimate and memorable portraits of these idealistic, daredevil young men are contained in a marvelously fluid narrative."
A deeply empathetic account of the first gentlemen pilots feeling their ways in uncharted territory. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"An overdue comprehensive biography of a giant of mid-20th-century American politics."
Presidential library director and C-SPAN in-house historian Smith (The Colonel: The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick, 1997, etc.) delivers a monumental biography of the charismatic vice president and four-term governor of New York. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Appropriately detailed, beautifully written story of the Stuarts' rise and fall—will leave readers clamoring for the further adventures awaiting England in the 18th century."
Biographer, historian and novelist Ackroyd (Three Brothers, 2014, etc.) continues his History of England series with the third of six proposed volumes. Read full book review >
NATIONAL INSECURITY by David Rothkopf
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 18, 2014

"A sharp, immensely readable account of how we've arrived at this juncture and where matters stand as we anticipate the election of a new president."
A distinguished journalist and scholar looks at the shaping of America's national security and foreign policy for the past decade. Read full book review >
THE MARQUIS by Laura Auricchio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"In a sharp and moving biography, Auricchio captures the essence of the 'French hero of the American Revolution—the Hero of Two Worlds, the Apostle of Liberty.'"
A new biography of the Marquis, as well as a serious study of the differences between two of the most important revolutions of the millennium. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An exhaustive feat of research with a focused structure and robust prose."
Hefty study of partisan journalism as vigorously embraced by Abraham Lincoln and the warring New York dailies. Read full book review >
THE DEVILS' ALLIANCE by Roger Moorhouse
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A well-researched work offering new understanding of the pact's pertinence to this day."
Placing the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact squarely at the center of Soviet-German belligerence before the outbreak of World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >