History Book Reviews (page 5)

AMERICANA by Bhu  Srinivasan
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, accessible contribution to the nation's economic history."
A cavalcade of capitalism celebrating the machinery of wealth while cautioning that Americans "have also insisted upon their democratic right to curb its excesses." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"One-dimensional characters undermine the potential drama of life within a castle."
The fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Vanderbilts. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An engaging resurrection of a significant player in the world of cryptology."
The wife of the groundbreaking cryptanalyst William Friedman finally gets her due as equal partner in their pioneering codebreaking work over 30 years. Read full book review >
FISHING by Brian Fagan
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A multilayered, nuanced tour of 'fishing societies throughout the world' and across millennia."
A study of global cultures that have been nurtured by the wealth from the sea. Read full book review >
QUEENS OF THE CONQUEST by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Another sound feminist resurrection by a seasoned historian."
Though Norman queens were largely unknowable, leave it to this prolific historical biographer to bring them to life. Read full book review >

ALONE by Michael Korda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An excellent revisitation of a critically important set of battles that, once a byword for courage, have faded in memory."
A swiftly paced, illuminating account of events at the opening of World War II in Europe, recounting "a military defeat with a happy ending." Read full book review >
MAN OF THE HOUR by Jennet Conant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Conant deserves a place among the traditional 'wise men' (Acheson, Harriman et al.), an elite group of white, male, East Coast advisers, all pragmatic, realistic, and nonideological, who guided presidential policy from World War II through the end of the Cold War. This book gives him that place."
A biography of a "chemist, statesman, educator, and critic…[who] had within his grasp all the elements to help forge the new atomic age." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Solid economic reportage. Investors who remember the events of 30 years ago will blanch all over again, especially at the author's suggestion that worse may be yet to come."
Financial journalist Henriques (The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, 2011, etc.) turns her gaze on the catastrophic Wall Street collapse of 1987, "the contagious crisis that the system nearly didn't survive." Read full book review >
THE ALL-OR-NOTHING MARRIAGE by Eli J. Finkel
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Finkel puts marriage under the microscope in this more-history-than-self-help scrutiny of the institution."
A thorough analysis of American marriage throughout the ages. Read full book review >
INSIDE STUDIO 54 by Mark  Fleischman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This unfettered tell-all will prove nostalgic for those who manage to remember being there and engrossing for readers wishing they were."
How drugs, sex, and celebrity shenanigans made 254 West 54th St. infamous on the 1980s Manhattan nightclub circuit. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A well-written, intriguing account of the centuries that set the stage for modern Judaism, the Christianity taught by Paul, and, eventually, Islam as an heir to both."
An exploration of an underrated era and its effect on religious history. Read full book review >
DEFINING MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY by Dick  Gregory
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Gregory's devotion to civil rights and his global recognition add to his appealing writing style and clever sense of humor to make this a book for a wide audience."
The comedian, activist, and social critic highlights key events in black history in America. 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 >