History Book Reviews (page 4)

THE SENECANS by Peter Stothard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Stothard is certainly a unique stylist, but the structure and mystifying detail of British politics and personalities may be a tough sell for many American readers."
Elegiac memoir of the Tories' heady heyday in the 1980s among the court of Margaret Thatcher. Read full book review >
CHASING PORTRAITS by Elizabeth Rynecki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A wonderful story beautifully told. Rynecki's yearslong search, successes, frustrations, and failures are a study in perseverance."
A page-turning personal history of Rynecki's search for her great-grandfather's legacy. Read full book review >

THE SIX by Laura Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Thompson has fallen under the spell of the breathtakingly beautiful (as she repeatedly insists), seductive Diana, but otherwise, her cleareyed view of the sisters' strengths and foibles makes this gossipy story a delight."
A fresh look at six outrageous sisters. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An account of an event that deserves better investigation."
An impassioned critique of the handling of the Haditha massacre by U.S. Marines on Nov. 19, 2005. Read full book review >
BLITZKRIEG by Lloyd Clark
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"It's a dismal piece of history, well told and familiar, but Clark provides plenty of juicy details and a mildly controversial reinterpretation."
A leading British historian delivers a new history of Germany's 1940 invasion of France. Read full book review >

BLACK POWER 50 by Sylviane A. Diouf
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The text and visuals combine for an educational, eye-opening experience."
An illuminating text accompanies visuals from an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Power movement. Read full book review >
DEFYING THE NAZIS by Artemis Joukowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A clear, unpretentious volume that justly celebrates a couple who risked all for others."
Companion volume to the upcoming Ken Burns' PBS documentary about an American couple who rescued people threatened by the Nazi whirlwind in Europe. Read full book review >
GRAND HOTEL ABYSS by Stuart Jeffries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A rich, intellectually meaty history."
Life inside the 20th-century's reigning citadel of pessimism, as told through the lives and (often conflicting) philosophies of its key thinkers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Much of the work will be confusing to the mathematically disinclined, but their story is inspiring and enlightening."
An inside look at the World War II-era black female mathematicians who assisted greatly in the United States' aeronautics industry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A book for die-hard Little House fans."
How a champion of Ayn Rand shaped the Little House series. Read full book review >
AGAINST DEMOCRACY by Jason Brennan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Sure to cause howls of disagreement, but in the current toxic partisan climate, Brennan's polemic is as worth weighing as any other."
A brash, well-argued diatribe against the democratic system. Read full book review >
ALL THINGS MADE NEW by Diarmaid MacCulloch
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Experts and lay readers alike can pick and choose elements from MacCulloch's vast store of knowledge."
Authoritative essays on the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >