History Book Reviews (page 5)

RUSSIA IN FLAMES by Laura  Engelstein
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"A comprehensive, ideologically detached, and enormously enlightening work of Russian history."
A simultaneously sweeping and focused history of the Bolshevik Revolution as a brutal co-opting of the legitimate democratic groundswell. Read full book review >
A WORLD ABLAZE by Craig Harline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Though far from a complete history and not a source of new material, the book achieves Harline's stated goal of producing an approachable, worthwhile introduction to the beginnings of the Reformation."
Looking back on the birth of the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >

TRACES OF VERMEER by Jane  Jelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Featuring wonderful illustrations, engaging prose, and a deep knowledge of the craft, this is a study in art history and methodology to delight an audience beyond just visual artists."
A painter of still life and landscape shares her theories and re-creations of Johannes Vermeer's artistic methods, primarily whether or not he used a camera obscura. Read full book review >
HEMINGWAY AT EIGHTEEN by Steve Paul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A clear, concise, sympathetic account of a gifted young man discovering who he is—and what he can do."
Yes, there is more to learn about the man who remains one of America's most iconic writers. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Well-researched state secrets forced into the light of truth."
Barbier (History/Mississippi State Univ.; D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion, 2007, etc.) builds on mounting research into the lack of persecution of Nazi war criminals who were granted entrance into the United States after World War II. Read full book review >

SAIGON CALLING by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An excellent combination of personal insight and historical sweep."
The second volume of the author's critically acclaimed graphic memoir of the Vietnam War era. Read full book review >
GREATER GOTHAM by Mike Wallace
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"True to its subject, a monumental work of myriad vantage points."
From the consolidation of the city into five boroughs to the massive upheavals after World War I. Read full book review >
AMERICANA by Bhu  Srinivasan
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, accessible contribution to the nation's economic history."
A cavalcade of capitalism celebrating the machinery of wealth while cautioning that Americans "have also insisted upon their democratic right to curb its excesses." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"One-dimensional characters undermine the potential drama of life within a castle."
The fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Vanderbilts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An engaging resurrection of a significant player in the world of cryptology."
The wife of the groundbreaking cryptanalyst William Friedman finally gets her due as equal partner in their pioneering codebreaking work over 30 years. Read full book review >
FISHING by Brian Fagan
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A multilayered, nuanced tour of 'fishing societies throughout the world' and across millennia."
A study of global cultures that have been nurtured by the wealth from the sea. Read full book review >
QUEENS OF THE CONQUEST by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Another sound feminist resurrection by a seasoned historian."
Though Norman queens were largely unknowable, leave it to this prolific historical biographer to bring them to life. 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 >