History Book Reviews (page 5)

ONE NATION, UNDER GODS by Peter Manseau
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An eye-opener. After reading Manseau, readers will see the influences he writes about not only dot, but shape, the landscape."
Smithsonian fellow Manseau (Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead, 2009, etc.) unspools a web of gods who have had an impact on the development of the United States.Read full book review >
THE STRATEGIST by Bartholomew Sparrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Dry and factually overwhelming, the book will appeal to hard-core military historians and politicos."
Old-school conservative military adviser Brent Scowcroft (b. 1925) receives a discursive biographical treatment. Read full book review >

THE YOUNG T.E. LAWRENCE by Anthony Sattin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A masterful account of the beginnings of a unique man."
Sattin (The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery, and the Search for Timbuktu, 2004, etc.) details the early years of the man who loved the Arabian people and determined to free them from Turkish rule.Read full book review >
MARCHING HOME by Brian Matthew Jordan
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A useful history of how 'the terror of this unprecedented war long outlived the stacking of arms at Appomattox.'"
This Civil War history begins where most end, showing what happened to the men who fought to preserve the Union. Read full book review >
VIVID FACES by R.F. Foster
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"Readable and provocative. Students of contemporary Irish history have few better guides than the sometimes-dyspeptic but refreshingly agenda-less Foster."
A bracing study of the rebels who secured Ireland's freedom from Britain nearly a century ago. Read full book review >

IN THESE TIMES by Jenny Uglow
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A vivid portrait of citizens who gave priority to day-to-day lives but rarely forgot they were engaged in the greatest war in history."
A fascinating account of how Britons lived through a generation of war. Read full book review >
A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A moving family history researched with dedication and completed with a granddaughter's love."
Unearthing her grandparents' mysterious 50-year estrangement forms the foundation for translator and editor Mouillot's memoir. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Based in part on interviews with camp survivors, Russell documents in chilling detail a shocking story of national betrayal."
Texas Monthly contributing editor Russell (Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson, 1999, etc.) recounts a dark episode in America's past in this engrossing history of the forced detention of thousands of civilians in internment camps during World War II.Read full book review >
KILLERS OF THE KING by Charles Spencer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A gripping account of the aftermath of Britain's revolution, during which both sides fought for justice and Christianity and behaved despicably."
C.V. Wedgwood's masterwork told this story in three volumes, but Britain's Charles I (1600-1649) loses his head on Page 55 of this fascinating, one-volume account in which British historian Spencer (Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier, 2008, etc.) describes what happened afterward.Read full book review >
CHASING THE SCREAM by Johann Hari
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies."
Award-winning journalist Hari's multistrand examination of the war on drugs, spanning 100 years from inception to the present day. Read full book review >
THE EVIL HOURS by David J. Morris
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An eye-opening investigation of war's casualties."
An exploration of the enduring human cost of war. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ashton makes compelling arguments about creativity and genius but continues to belabor them long after readers have gotten the point."
As a writer on technology and coiner of the phrase "the Internet of Things," Ashton seems to be a particularly creative type. But the "secret" of the subtitle is that there is no secret, no magic and no mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >