History Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lively history of one man's indelible imprint on American news."
The peripatetic life of a newspaper mogul. Read full book review >
THE CASTAWAY'S WAR by Stephen Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"An amazing journey through adversity and desperation."
A suspenseful recounting of the torpedoing of the USS Strong in the South Pacific in July 1943 and one soldier's subsequent eluding of capture on the Japanese-held Solomon Islands.Read full book review >

HOW ENGLISH BECAME ENGLISH by Simon Horobin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2016

"A happy mixture of scholarship, clear writing, and humor."
A linguistics scholar glances at the history of the English language and takes on some contentious contemporary issues—from "fewer" and "less" to the relationship between language and social status. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2016

"A spirited look at the business and impact of delivering mail."
How America got mail. Read full book review >
COMRADE HUPPERT by George Huppert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"Of interest to scholars of Austrian literature and history but not to a general reading audience."
The troubled life of Hugo Huppert (1902-1982), a respected but largely forgotten Austrian writer and communist. Read full book review >

UNEQUAL GAINS by Peter H. Lindert
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 2016

"Some familiarity with economic principles will benefit readers, but its conclusions are both accessible and urgent."
A long-view look at a problem that has been vexing economists and policymakers lately—namely, financial and social inequality. Read full book review >
ISIS by Fawaz A. Gerges
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2016

"A specific, timely, well-rendered exegesis of the unfolding global threat."
A thorough survey of the genesis of the Islamic State, from al-Qaida wannabe to lethal caliphate. Read full book review >
MUSIC IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY by James Wierzbicki
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 30, 2016

"An ambitious yet frustrating account of music in an era that has much in common with our own."
A musicologist looks at the music of the 1950 as it relates to currents in American society as a whole. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A brisk and entertaining historical narrative."
American politics revealed through the lives of two indelible figures. Read full book review >
PISTOLS AND PETTICOATS by Erika Janik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An entertaining history of women's daring, defiant life choices."
A history of the intrepid women who ventured into male territory to solve crimes. Read full book review >
DISRAELI by David Cesarani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A focused biography that derives its excellent specificity from Disraeli's writings."
A well-documented life of the Victorian statesman and novelist Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) devotes much attention to his strong sense of being a Jew and an outsider. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 26, 2016

"A nuanced study of the illusory, troubling early arguments over emancipation and integration."
How the concept of "separate but equal" emerged from whites' inability to envision full civil rights for blacks and Native Americans after emancipation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >