History Book Reviews (page 5)

COUNTDOWN TO PEARL HARBOR by Steve Twomey
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A well-researched study of an infamous moment that is still fascinating and controversial."
A highly detailed look at the tense buildup to Japan's "surprise" attack on Pearl Harbor becomes a study of how very unsurprising it really was. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A comprehensive collection of archival, police-related images."
Bultema's (Guardians of Angels, 2013) book collects photographs from a century-and-a-half of American law enforcement culture. Read full book review >

FOOD CITY by Joy Santlofer
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Rich, impeccably researched urban history with plenty of fun fodder for foodies."
A comprehensive history of New York City's food industry, from the late chair of New York University's Food Studies Program. Read full book review >
THE MISSING MATISSE by Pierre H. Matisse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A candid portrayal of wartime privations is followed by a blur of unexamined events."
The grandson of artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) recalls his adolescence in Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >
ANCIENT WORLDS by Michael  Scott
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Scott teaches us that the past is a work in progress influenced by political and religious ideas and powerful rulers and individuals, and he proves that we need to continue to study and learn."
A welcome broadening of our understanding of antiquity. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Long, leisurely, and vastly entertaining."
The story of a 1913 Arctic expedition to investigate what the New York Tribune called "the last considerable mass of unknown land on our planet." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A well-written, mostly engrossing tale of thwarted amateur treason underscoring the disturbing vulnerability of today's intelligence systems."
The account of an eccentric would-be traitor who executed a large-scale heist of American military secrets. Read full book review >
WHEN CHURCHILL SLAUGHTERED SHEEP AND STALIN ROBBED A BANK by Giles Milton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Perfect for bathroom reading or a doctor's waiting room."
The British journalist continues to collect little-known events and factoids from history. Read full book review >
THE SWAMP FOX by John Oller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched biography, if a tad tendentious."
An admiring biography of Francis Marion (1732-1795), a military hero of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A few notable naval battles changed the course of wars, even history, but the clash at Hampton Roads transformed the nature of warfare itself and offered a glimpse of the 'grim modernity' Snow vividly captures."
The former editor-in-chief of American Heritage revisits an epochal battle in naval history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intermittently engaging biography of a logistics genius whose behind-the-scenes influence did as much to win the war as that of most military commanders."
A journalist documents the achievements of an unsung Union hero of the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE NINE OF US by Jean Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"As the family photos illustrating this memoir attest, for Smith, all was sunshine, smiles, and elegance."
Fond memories from the last surviving child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >