History Book Reviews (page 5)

RECONSTRUCTION by Allen C. Guelzo
Released: May 1, 2018

"Essential reading for the historically minded in a time of ongoing struggle for civil rights."
Eminent Civil War historian Guelzo examines the many reasons the Reconstruction era, "the ugly duckling of American history," ended in failure. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A riveting tale of the previously unknown and fascinating story of the unsung angels who strove to foil the Final Solution."
Beyond the well-known work of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, Wallace (The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich, 2003) sets out to tell the story of the staggering network built by a Swiss-based rescue group. Read full book review >

THE TRAGEDY OF BENEDICT ARNOLD by Joyce Lee Malcolm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Readers will decide if Arnold's choices were forced upon him or if he was, indeed, flawed. Malcolm provides plenty to consider."
An attempt to bring understanding, if not forgiveness, to the story of Benedict Arnold (1741-1801). Read full book review >
THE PEACEMAKERS by Bruce W. Jentleson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"An informative addition to the burgeoning field of leadership studies."
With John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage as a model, Jentleson (Public Policy and Political Science/Duke Univ.; American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 2003, etc.) offers portraits of 18 transformative leaders who advanced international peace, justice, freedom, and human rights. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"By turns sobering, frightening, and thrilling, this meticulous account of the power and tenacity of officially sanctioned racism recalls a dark era that America is still struggling to leave behind."
A spellbinding true story of racism, privilege, and official corruption. Read full book review >

THE POPE WHO WOULD BE KING by David I. Kertzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A touch too long but a pleasingly encompassing view of the hapless papal reign that inspired Kertzer's early book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortaro (1997)."
A bulky but readable history of the last leader of the Papal States. Read full book review >
THE MORALIST by Patricia O’Toole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A balanced, welcome new addition to the Wilson shelf."
O'Toole (When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, 2005, etc.) adds to a long list of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) biographies with a skillfully crafted account of the president's life and legacy. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT CARTER by Stuart E. Eizenstat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"An astute, often shocking, behind-the-scenes chronicle."
Jimmy Carter's chief domestic policy adviser tells all. Read full book review >
RENAISSANCE WOMAN by Ramie Targoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Targoff captures the Renaissance's 'simultaneous magic and strangeness' in a single woman."
"The Renaissance comes to life anew" in this insightful biography of a remarkable Italian woman. Read full book review >
BROADWAY by Fran Leadon
Released: April 17, 2018

"A lively history of one of the most famous streets in America."
Four hundred years in the life of a road the original Dutch settlers referred to as Brede Wegh (Broad Way). Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"A fine history that is surely controversial in its view of how victims become victimizers and how professions of love turn to terror."
"The destroyers came from out of the desert": a vigorous account of a vengeful early Christianity that burned temples and books—and dissenters. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM KATHMANDU by Cam Simpson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A powerful work of investigative journalism, one that speaks volumes about the business of war and of human slavery alike."
How war profiteering in the Middle East tore apart a village in the Himalayan foothills. 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 >