History Book Reviews (page 5)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"An unsettling exposé of the depth and breadth of the libertarian agenda."
How American democracy is being destroyed by powerful libertarians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A beautifully impressionistic exploration of shared cultural understanding despite the narrowing of borders."
One of Palestine's most respected writers reflects on 50 years of Israeli occupation and riven friendships. Read full book review >

THE RETREAT OF WESTERN LIBERALISM by Edward Luce
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Learned and well-considered, but if indeed Western liberal values are in danger of extinction, readers may seek more urgency."
Trump, Putin, Kim, Xi: given the current lineup, can the ideals of the Enlightenment endure? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening examination of the many ways money can be made—and disappear."
Can we time the market? No, but this timely book by an investment executive and CNBC contributor gives some idea of how various the triggers for its collapse can be. Read full book review >
LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening biography from a trusted source on the topic."
A fresh look at John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, abolitionism, and other related American history. Read full book review >

THE FORGOTTEN FLIGHT by Stuart H. Newberger
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A capably sorted delineation of a complex, important court case against Libyan terrorism that required years to extract accountability and compensation for the victims."
The story of a 1989 plane crash that killed 170 people and eventually became "the greatest murder case in French history." Read full book review >
Released: June 13, 2017

"A wise, elegant study to add to the World War I archives."
An intriguing work of World War I research resurrects the little-known history of a massive German luxury liner that was confiscated and retooled for the American war effort. Read full book review >
MARCEL'S LETTERS by Carolyn Porter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A flawed but intriguing memoir from a diligent researcher."
A graphic designer and self-described "typography geek" tells the story behind the creation of her award-winning font, P22 Marcel. Read full book review >
VULGAR TONGUES by Max Décharné
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"Bawdy and jive, well-researched but underanalyzed."
From 17th-century cant to modern-day music slang, an erudite miscellany that tracks centuries of playful mutations endured by the English language. Read full book review >
THE LOYAL SON by Daniel Mark Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A perceptive, gritty portrayal of the frenzy of war and a father and son caught at its tumultuous center."
A gripping history of a family torn apart by political upheaval. Read full book review >
SEA POWER by James Stavridis
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A highly readable, instructive look at the role of the oceans in our civilization, past and present."
A retired Navy admiral tells the history of the seas and gives an updated look at their strategic importance. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"The best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses."
A history of the "search for the solution to the sex and conception mystery," focused on the period between 1650 and 1900. 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 >