History Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Beyond the political implications and entanglements, the story engrosses with its fast-paced, plainspoken narrative."
A nonfiction account of an unlikely American hero in revolutionary Cuba that succeeds as both a thriller and a love story. Read full book review >
COLONEL HOUSE by Charles E. Neu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A significant, brightly written American story."
An exhaustive biography of Edward M. House (1858-1938), the wealthy Texan who served as President Woodrow Wilson's chief personal adviser and envoy to Europe in World War I. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"An important—even necessary—addition to the groaning shelves of Civil War volumes."
Before and during the Civil War, both North and South lobbied hard in key European capitals to convince officials and the general population of the justness of their causes. Read full book review >
WATERLOO by Gordon Corrigan
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 5, 2014

"A superb addition to an overstuffed genre."
Two centuries have not diminished the avalanche of books on this subject, but even history buffs familiar with the two generals and their epic 1815 encounter will not regret choosing this one. Read full book review >
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE WORLD? by Andrew Lawler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion."
The title tells all in this comprehensive account of how an anti-social south Asian fowl became the world's favorite food. Read full book review >

THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR by David Green
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Green holistically explores aspects of the war's effects with exceptionally thorough research on subjects as diverse as the Catholic Church, women, peasants and even language."
In this new, refreshing look at the Hundred Years' War, Green (Edward the Black Prince: Power in Medieval Europe, 2007) examines the resulting reconstruction of European culture.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A well-documented, evenhanded work that will delight urban scholars and lay travelers."
Ten vibrant cities across the globe tell the story of British imperialism in terms more nuanced and complicated than simply being good or bad. Read full book review >
WHY HOMER MATTERS by Adam Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Nicolson's spirited exploration illuminates our own indelible past."
An archaeology of the Homeric mind. Read full book review >
DIGGING FOR RICHARD III by Mike Pitts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Writing this book must have been the dream of a lifetime for Pitts, and he has risen to the occasion. Highly recommended."
When an archaeological expedition found one of England's most maligned kings in an urban parking lot, it was a worldwide sensation. Here's the complete story. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A lucid, first-rate history of the results of a war whose beginning a century ago we are busily commemorating."
A vigorously defended argument that the war to end all wars was really the origin of a new world order and American superpower. Read full book review >
VICTORIA by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A robust, immensely entertaining portrait from a master biographer."
A shimmering portrait of a tempestuous monarch. Read full book review >
WHY WE LOST by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"With vigorous, no-nonsense prose and an impressive clarity of vision, this general does not mince blame in this chronicle of failure."
A former commander of advisory teams in Iraq and Afghanistan offers historical perspective and a forthright breakdown of the failure of those conflicts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >