History Book Reviews (page 4)

THE RISE OF ATHENS by Anthony Everitt
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Nearly 500 pages of names, plots, betrayals, battles, and murders may be more than some readers want to know about ancient Greece, but Everitt keeps the action moving, making this a worthy alternative to the classic doorstop, Will Durant's The Life of Greece (1939)."
A thick, lively popular history that tells a complex story without dumbing it down or devoting more than a modest effort to distinguishing fact from myth. Read full book review >
THE UNDOING PROJECT by Michael Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Kahneman and Tversky approached their personal lives and their research in extremely divergent manners. At times, Lewis' details about the unlikely coupling overwhelm the larger narrative, but that is a minor complaint in another solid book from this gifted author."
The bestselling author combines biography with recent intellectual history in a saga about the influential Israeli psychologist team of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A book of big ideas backed by fine-grained analyses, worthy of attention by readers with an interest in history and contemporary events alike."
A sometimes-counterintuitive but always fascinating interrogation of the history and uses of war. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF HOME AND FAMILY by Huyen Nguyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A haunting, cleareyed account of the hardships imposed by war and tyranny."
Huyen recounts growing up during politically perilous times in Vietnam. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A detailed, well-researched book presented in a logical fashion—will appeal most to Pearl Harbor scholars and those interested in submarine warfare."
The story of the first ship sunk by a Japanese submarine that demonstrates the careful planning and remarkable success of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days by Will Bashor
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Impressive, well-researched, useful, and accessible, though some readers may feel that the book's sympathies for the doomed queen remain misplaced."
This scholarly work thoroughly documents Marie Antoinette's imprisonment, trial, and execution. Read full book review >
RECOLLECTIONS by Olivier Zunz
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"In many ways as relevant as the day it was written and great fun to read."
A shrewd, on-the-ground account of how political change is made—and unmade—by the author of Democracy in America. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"An occasionally too-dense but impressively wide-ranging history demonstrating that the U.S.-China relationship began decades before Richard Nixon arrived on the scene."
An in-depth look at the historically deep and mutually influential relationship between the United States and China. Read full book review >
SEVEN DAYS OF INFAMY by Nicholas Best
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A brisk, suspenseful World War II narrative from a proven storyteller."
In the latest in a wave of books about the Japanese attack, British author and former journalist Best (Five Days that Shocked the World: Eyewitness Accounts from Europe at the End of World War II, 2012, etc.) reaches around the world to ascertain what actually happened near and on Dec. 7, 1941. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A solid demonstration of how an insistence on secrecy proved to be a fatal breakdown as the Japanese attack loomed. A good complement to Steve Twomey's Countdown to Pearl Harbor (2016)."
This evenhanded exposé of the scapegoating of the commander in chief of the Pacific fleet at the time of Pearl Harbor challenges official memory. Read full book review >
THE MAYOR OF MOGADISHU by Andrew Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A beautifully rendered narrative and characterization portrays the soul of a country few Westerners truly understand."
A fluid, sympathetic journalistic foray into the tumultuous history of Somalia as lived by an intriguing impresario and activist. Read full book review >
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE by David France
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A lucid, urgent updating of Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On (1987) and a fine work of social history."
How scientists and citizens banded together to lift the death sentence from AIDS. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >