History Book Reviews (page 5)

WOMEN AFTER ALL by Melvin Konner
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"Insightful and bound to spark controversy."
Konner (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology/Emory Univ.; The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind, 2010, etc.) examines why he believes women are superior to men "in most ways that will matter in the future."Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"Although the diction (and thus the going) is sometimes a bit dense, the author successfully illuminates the political ideas that still perplex and divide us."
The political ideas of the ancients still endure—and still propel us into debate and even more vigorous conflict. Read full book review >

EYE ON THE STRUGGLE by James McGrath Morris
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A deeply researched, skillfully written biography about a previously underappreciated individual."
Biographer Morris (Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power, 2010, etc.) resurrects the career of Ethel Payne (1911-1991), journalist, labor union and civil rights advocate, traveler on the African continent, journalism professor and pioneer in the American race wars.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A work of enormous heart as well as research."
A satisfying, elegant personal journey in China's fabled Northeast. Read full book review >
THE REAGAN ERA by Doug Rossinow
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A thoughtful analysis that will annoy and please readers on both sides of the aisle."
Rossinow (History/Metropolitan State Univ.; Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America, 2007, etc.) revisits the 1980s and finds things both to admire and disdain in the president, the culture and the rest of us.Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A welcome though overly broad-brushed excoriation of the age of the ascendant 1 percent."
Working men and women died for the eight-hour workday, and the thanks they get is the silence of lambs. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Despite new sources, Sloyan fails to offer a fresh assessment."
A journalist revisits John F. Kennedy's legacy. Read full book review >
THE SUMMIT by Ed Conway
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"The scope of the subject matter is impressive, and the execution is outstanding.
Sky News economics editor Conway (50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know, 2009) covers the inside story of what really happened during the 22 days of the conference at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in July 1944.Read full book review >
GRANADA by Steven Nightingale
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A romantic, at times overly sentimental homage to a city 'perfected by catastrophe' and transformed into a place of 'concentrated joy.'"
Poet and novelist Nightingale (The Wings of What You Say, 2013, etc.) makes his nonfiction debut in this rhapsodic paean to the Spanish city, where he, his wife and young daughter now live part of each year.
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ALPHABETICAL by Michael Rosen
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A delightfully informative book about letters, their meanings, and the words and meanings we derive from them."
A poet, writer of children's books and host of BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth tells the history of each letter in our alphabet.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"With this new addition to Disraeli-ana, readers will be enlightened by the younger man and how alike he was to Mary Anne, who became the love of his life."
A dual biography of Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) and Mary Anne Lewis. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Zamoyski provides perhaps too many examples of severe sentencing of innocents, but his point is important, and his book comprehensively examines the role of the powerful over the weak and the effects of governmental overreactions."
Zamoyski (Poland: A History, 2012, etc.) shows how the French Revolution instigated fear in the hearts of European governments, most of it unfounded and falsely propagated by undefined fears and self-perpetuating rumors.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >