History Book Reviews (page 4)

FANTASYLAND by Kurt Andersen
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A spirited, often entertaining rant against things as they are."
When did Americans come to shun reality? When did the American experiment become a congeries of solipsisms? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Much too long but full of intriguing revelations and even a little skulduggery—though conspiracy theorists still won't find all the keys here."
An overstuffed history of the secret clubs that have been part of Yale University tradition since its earliest years. Read full book review >

THE RIVIERA SET by Mary S. Lovell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lovell packs in as many celebrities as possible, which makes for an entertaining book but not one likely to end up on a reference shelf."
Lovell (The Churchills: In Love and War, 2011, etc.) turns her attention to the French Riviera between the wars and into the 1960s. Read full book review >
GHOST EMPIRE by Richard  Fidler
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Fidler provides a palpable sense of this glittering city built as 'a mirror of heaven.'"
A history/travel guide about the fabled eastern capital of the Romans. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A well-researched, mostly engrossing geopolitical narrative of American ingenuity in the face of Russian threats."
Meticulous account of an audacious covert operation to snatch a sunken Russian submarine. Read full book review >

THE CHOICE by Edith Eva  Eger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A searing, astute study of intensive healing and self-acceptance through the absolution of suffering and atrocity."
A mental health professional braids stories of her patients' epiphanies with her own personal journey through Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lively and accessible—of broad interest to readers in philosophy, economics, political science, and other disciplines."
Affecting story of the friendship, intellectual and personal, of David Hume and Adam Smith, two of the greatest exponents of the Scottish Enlightenment. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Geopolitics wonks will want to give attention to this urgent but nonsensationalized argument."
Wide-ranging study of China's re-emergence as a regional power in Asia after a long hiatus, thwarting the designs of other powers, including the United States and Russia. Read full book review >
THE COLD WAR by Odd Arne Westad
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A tremendous and timely history lesson for our age."
A sweeping study of the "bipolar" struggle between the two superpowers that moved from ideological conflict to permanent military confrontation. Read full book review >
THE LAST OF THE TSARS by Robert Service
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A compelling work; organized, concise, and chilling."
A scholarly biography that goes beyond the gruesome depictions of the Romanovs' end to examine the more complicated nature of Nicholas II's character. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An impressively broad scholarly history whose readability and smooth organization make it a joy to read."
A leading historian of the Enlightenment explores the widely differing philosophies that led to the American and French revolutions and their social, cultural, and ideological impacts on the world. 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 >