History Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster…and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
That Vitus Bering (1681-1741) sailed into the Bering Strait is no secret, but few outside Russia know how he did it. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION SONG by Russell Shorto
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An intimate look at life in tumultuous times."
Americans' struggle for freedom and independence affected a wide range of individuals. Read full book review >

BETHLEHEM by Nicholas Blincoe
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Far from definitive but highly readable, anecdote-infused history."
A history of the town of Bethlehem, both sweeping and personal in scope. Read full book review >
DARKEST HOUR by Anthony McCarten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fresh, readable look at events and players that, though well-known to history, deserve to be studied for some time to come."
On the forging of the wartime Winston Churchill, a figure iconic to this day, in the crucible of events that took place in the spring of 1940. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF LANGLEY by John Prados
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A wearying journey through the spy agency's history that fails to take itself sufficiently seriously."
A history of the CIA told through an examination of the careers of its directors and other key figures. Read full book review >

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A lively one-volume treatment well-suited to libraries and schools."
This focused study of the four term-winning president emphasizes his instinctive feel for the public mood. Read full book review >
BECOMING HITLER by Thomas  Weber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Compelling research and original insights bring a fuller understanding to the mind and motives of the demagogue."
Challenging the notion that Hitler was "merely an empty canvas that had been filled with the collective wishes of the Germans." Read full book review >
BOBBY KENNEDY by Chris Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image."
Recounting Robert Kennedy's political career. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An absorbing history of disaster and survival."
A history of the destruction of a Canadian city by an explosion as powerful as a nuclear weapon. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A lucid, fair-minded primer for the new generation of leaders."
An astute, evenhanded study on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (1917) that rehashes the history of the Palestinian-Jewish divide. Read full book review >
GOD by Reza Aslan
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Slightly shocking but not groundbreaking—a readable but minor addition to the body of knowledge about 'God.'"
Seeing the concept of God as an expression of the self. Read full book review >
LENIN by Victor Sebestyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A compelling, cleareyed portrait of a dictator whose politics have unfortunate relevance for today."
An illuminating new biography of the cold, calculating ruler on whom the subsequent Soviet state modeled itself. 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 >