History Book Reviews (page 5)

ABSOLUTE POWER by Paul Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A thoroughly researched but tendentious history in support of a call for a radically different papacy and church."
Theologian and Vatican commentator Collins (The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century, 2013, etc.) delivers a critique of the last two centuries of papal history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A fast-paced story of a man at the center of turbulence and paranoia."
The story of an African-American photographer who spent 18 years feeding information to the FBI. Read full book review >

POGROM by Steven J. Zipperstein
Released: March 27, 2018

"A thorough and fair examination of an event whose mystery seems so misplaced."
A re-examination of one of the most lavishly remembered events of Russian Jewish history that is also the most edited and misunderstood. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"Not an easy read, but an eye-opening account of significant scientific advances that throw a spectacular, often unexpected light on human prehistory."
A surprising new description of how Homo sapiens originated in Africa and spread around the world. Read full book review >
FRANCIS I by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"Though a figure of major importance, Francis has been forgotten against better known contemporaries such as England's Henry VIII. Frieda's work helps restore him to history."
Thoroughgoing biography of the French ruler who allied with Islam in an effort to resist his Habsburg neighbors. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"Enough time has passed for some of Kaplan's forecasts to develop cracks—e.g., China has not yet stumbled—but much rings true, and all are presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years."
The veteran political affairs journalist returns with a collection of essays that have been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and other venues. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF EISENHOWER by William I. Hitchcock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Despite plenty of warts, Hitchcock's Eisenhower was a hardworking, skillful president. Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower in War and Peace (2012) remains the best modern biography, but Hitchcock's is a worthy competitor."
A lengthy, well-documented argument that "the era from the end of the Second World War up to the presidency of John F. Kennedy deserves to be known as the Age of Eisenhower." Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A tumultuous history briskly told."
On a tiny Caribbean island in the 1630s, England vested her hopes of global domination. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A lively and illuminating revisionist history."
A search for profits and new markets spurred England's exploration of North America. Read full book review >
THE BURNING HOUSE by Anders Walker
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers unfamiliar with the anti-integration culture might find some of the invective difficult to process, but Walker skillfully presents his interpretations of his subjects' writing."
A law professor takes on the history of racial integration in the United States by focusing on well-known intellectuals who questioned whether integration was wise or desirable for African-Americans. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Add another Mafia to the list (Italian, Irish, Russian…), then. Fascinating reading for true-crime buffs."
A stout but fast-moving tale of criminal misdoings from Havana to Manhattan and beyond, courtesy of a Cuban crime boss with a plan. Read full book review >
THE HEAVENS MIGHT CRACK by Jason Sokol
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A revealing examination of how a 'courageous dissident' became a martyred saint."
A history of the passionate responses generated by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 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 >