History Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LADY WITH THE BORZOI by Laura Claridge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A straightforward recounting of the difficult life of a woman of discerning literary taste."
A prestigious publishing house and the strong-willed woman who guided it. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"Racism is the enduring scar on the American consciousness. In this ambitious, magisterial book, Kendi reveals just how deep that scar cuts and why it endures, its barely subcutaneous pain still able to flare."
An accomplished history of racist thought and practice in the United States from the Puritans to the present. Read full book review >

THE MOST PERFECT THING by Tim Birkhead
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"One doesn't have to be a bird enthusiast to relish this book, but it would be the most perfect gift for anyone who is."
A thrilling voyage through what most of us think of as an ordinary item sold at the supermarket. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS by Nathalia Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fresh contribution to women's history."
The history of women as vital contributors to advancements in early space exploration. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"This eye-opening exposure of the abuse of the indigenous peoples of America is staggering; that the mistreatment continued into the 20th century is beyond disturbing."
We all know that Christopher Columbus and his successors enslaved the natives in the New World. Reséndez (History/Univ. of California, Davis; A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca, 2009, etc.) exposes the broad brush that the "other slavery" wielded.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"Occasionally breathless and torrid in description, this is a well-documented work that certainly never bores."
Fascinating portrait of an accidental but very effective female American spy at the fraught early stages of World War II. Read full book review >
THE INVENTORS by Peter Selgin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A reflective investigation of the self, memory, and invention."
Selgin (Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist's Memoir, 2011, etc.) explores his relationships with two men who "had a profound influence" on him.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"A great subject overwhelmed by legal minutiae."
Who was the clever thief who snatched Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London in 1961? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"Celebrating the museum's 150th anniversary, this book sparkles with delightful stories and anecdotes about natural history told in a lively style."
A rich and enthusiastic history of Yale University's impressive Peabody Museum of Natural History. Read full book review >
THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN by Seymour Hersh
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2016

"The essays are densely composed, sometimes presupposing extensive reader knowledge about American military and diplomatic involvement in the affairs of geographically remote nations. Context beyond the content of the London Review of Books pieces would have added value to Hersh's reporting."
The Pulitzer Prize winner builds on his reputation as an iconic investigative journalist, skewering the conventional wisdom about the death of Osama bin Laden. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Though a footnote to broader studies of Roosevelt, this book offers well-considered interpretations of 'the brainy naturalist and muscular adventurer.'"
Teddy Roosevelt: not just hunter, but also gatherer. Read full book review >
HEYDAY by Ben Wilson
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"An above-average addition to the when-the-modern-age-began genre."
Did the modern world begin during World War I, in 1945, or perhaps with the steam engine in the 1700s? British historian Wilson (What Price Liberty!: How Freedom Was Won and Is Being Lost, 2009, etc.) makes an engrossing case for the dozen years after 1850.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 5, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >