History Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Medici fans will expand their awareness of the family's broad reach, and Renaissance students will discover Machiavelli's models for The Prince."
An exploration of the life of a lesser-known Medici: Alessandro (1510-1537). Read full book review >

HUMAN EVOLUTION by Robin Dunbar
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers who pay attention and do not skim the many graphs, tables, and statistics will discover a rich trove of discoveries on how primitive primates became modern humans."
A history of the "insatiable curiosity about who we are and where we have come from." Read full book review >
BRITAIN'S WAR by Daniel Todman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Excellent detail for certain readers, too much information for others."
Authoritative first of a two-part history of Britain around the time of World War II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Shafer makes his readers feel that we are not alone—not the first and, sadly, not the last to be bamboozled."
A history of the 1840 campaign, "the mother of modern presidential contests" and "the beginning of presidential campaigning as entertainment." Read full book review >
PAX ROMANA by Adrian Goldsworthy
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An engrossing account of how the Roman Empire grew and operated."
An exploration of the "Roman Peace," which held "sway over much of Western Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa for centuries." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A moving tale that's emotionally powerful and historically edifying."
A daughter chronicles her father's extraordinary life, including the suffering he endured under both Nazi and Communist tyrannies. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A solid retelling of an inspiring story."
A novel perspective on American history that focuses on the story of the country's founding documents and the Americans who composed, safeguarded, and preserved them for the benefit of future generations. Read full book review >
THE DREAM OF ENLIGHTENMENT by Anthony Gottlieb
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Engaging, accessible, and informative."
A lively collective portrait of daring intellectuals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >