History Book Reviews (page 4)

A MAN AND HIS PRESIDENTS by Alvin S. Felzenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A well-delineated portrait of an impassioned conservative."
An admiring look at the career of William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), public contrarian. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely story of fragmentation and division and of picking one's way through the minefield that was—and is—the racially riven South."
"The only thing I felt certain about was how little progress I was making in understanding my grandfather"—a searching quest for roots in the African-American heartland. Read full book review >

SCANDINAVIANS by Robert Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A delightful history in which the author truly captures 'the soul of the North.'"
An eye-opening history of a region and culture "vibrant with people, noise, chance, life." Read full book review >
TOUGH SELL by Tom Basile
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"An engrossing account of the author's own experiences written to justify questionable foreign policy that many readers will question."
A controversial defense of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq that overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Feel-good histories of World War II have fallen out of fashion, but Britain's sole stand against Hitler remains inspiring. Despite the title, the occupied nations that she sheltered did not 'turn the tide,' but Olson delivers an engrossing, sometimes-disturbing account of their energetic efforts."
A "rich, intensely human story" of European cooperation during World War II. Read full book review >

SO HIGH A BLOOD by Morgan Ring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A wealth of correspondence and a strong knowledge of the period combine in a capable book showing life at these strange medieval courts."
An introduction to one of the Tudor family's least-known women. Read full book review >
LOAN SHARKS by Charles R. Geisst
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Mostly for scholars of economic history and highly motivated lay readers."
A chronological account of money lending and loan sharking with an emphasis on practices in the United States in the past 200 years. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"A tome that alternates between a useful exposé and a slog—best for HBS alumni and business historians."
A massively detailed history of Harvard Business School since its founding in 1908 and a searing critique of the school's impact on American capitalism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Talty is an excellent storyteller, and this particular story is highly relevant as America's next set of immigrants struggles for acceptance."
A thrilling tale of the "Italian Sherlock Holmes." Read full book review >
GOOD FRIDAY ON THE REZ by David Hugh Bunnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A well-intended memoir with forgivable flaws in the service of the greater good of delivering a portrait of reservation life over the course of half a century."
An Indian rights sympathizer returns to the site of an iconic moment in Native American resistance: Wounded Knee. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. Read full book review >
JEFFERSON by John B. Boles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A stately, knowledgeable study jostling for space among the groaning bookshelves devoted to the third president."
A fully fleshed biography of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) that emphasizes his creative paradoxes and accomplishments. 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 >