History Book Reviews (page 4)

BOBBY KENNEDY by Chris Matthews
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image."
Recounting Robert Kennedy's political career. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An absorbing history of disaster and survival."
A history of the destruction of a Canadian city by an explosion as powerful as a nuclear weapon. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A lucid, fair-minded primer for the new generation of leaders."
An astute, evenhanded study on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (1917) that rehashes the history of the Palestinian-Jewish divide. Read full book review >
GOD by Reza Aslan
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Slightly shocking but not groundbreaking—a readable but minor addition to the body of knowledge about 'God.'"
Seeing the concept of God as an expression of the self. Read full book review >
LENIN by Victor Sebestyen
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A compelling, cleareyed portrait of a dictator whose politics have unfortunate relevance for today."
An illuminating new biography of the cold, calculating ruler on whom the subsequent Soviet state modeled itself. Read full book review >

OFF THE DEEP END by Nic  Compton
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fascinating and engrossing nose dive into the underreported depths of nautical insanity."
How and why the sea has historically plagued those who work and play in its waves. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An excellent complement to recent work by other Russian journalists who have turned to history, and to brilliant purpose."
A vivid, character-driven reconstruction of the period leading up to the overthrow of the Romanovs and the birth of modern Russia. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion."
An ambitious, kaleidoscopic history of race and politics in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
THE FATE OF ROME by Kyle  Harper
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"There is much to absorb in this significant scholarly achievement, which effectively integrates natural, social, and humanistic sciences to show how the fall of the empire caused the decline of Rome."
A view of the fall of Rome from a different angle, looking beyond military and social collapse to man's relationship to the environment. Read full book review >
ARTHUR VANDENBERG by Hendrik  Meijer
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A sturdy and necessary biography of a politically principled man who is sadly fading into obscurity."
The executive chairman of superstore chain Meijer, Inc. offers a detailed and admiring biography of Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951), who played key roles in forming U.S. policy throughout the early decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Maddening, but helpful in pointing the way toward meaningful reforms in the conduct of American policy in the region."
The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, with more to come. Journalist and military analyst Grindle shows why that loss of treasure has amounted to so little. Read full book review >
RED AT HEART by Elizabeth  McGuire
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A lively history of Chinese-Russian political and cultural symbiosis."
A cultural chronicle of the rich Chinese-Russian interplay and exchange from the 1920s to the 1950s. 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 >