History Book Reviews (page 5)

GLORIANA by Bertram Fields
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A comprehensive and unusual look at England's most famous queen."
Fields (Shylock: His Own Story, 2015, etc.) tackles the knowns and unknowns of England's Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) in this work of history.Read full book review >
JEWISH COMEDY by Jeremy Dauber
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A wide-ranging and insightful cultural analysis."
An erudite survey of the evolution and distinctiveness of Jewish humor. Read full book review >

THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON by Noah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A timely biography presenting a valuable counterbalance to the current enthusiasm for Hamilton."
Feldman (Law/Harvard Univ.; Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, 2013, etc.) returns with a substantial biography of our fourth president. Read full book review >
THE BURNING TIME by Virginia Rounding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An intriguing, astute look at this volatile period, though the author includes too many victim biographies, occasionally slowing the pace."
Rounding (Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina, 2012, etc.) explores the depth of the differences and the dangers of life under Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Mary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully."
Blood is thicker than water, but friendship is perhaps thickest of all, particularly when it acts as a poultice for seemingly unhealable wounds. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A lively exploration of the history of art and the tastemakers and dealers whose influence in shaping it is often overlooked."
A narrative of the art dealers and gallerists who have shaped art history from behind the scenes. Read full book review >
THE WHITE KING by Leanda de Lisle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Recent elections in Britain and the United States have produced surprisingly dysfunctional governments. De Lisle's fine, revisionist view of Charles may arouse nostalgia for a time when national leaders, elected or not, looked out for the nonzealous majority."
Biography of an English king whose "life and reign add up to far more than the sum of his mistakes." Read full book review >
OUR YEAR OF WAR by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A little more of the before and after of their war experiences might have enriched the context, but Bolger ably conveys how Vietnam felt to those who fought it and what it meant."
A crisp account of a messy war, focusing on two Nebraska brothers, one of whom would later become a senator and Secretary of Defense. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A thorough but not groundbreaking biographical investigation."
A biography focused on a statesman's career during a period of profound political change. Read full book review >
100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"It will not be necessary for readers to tackle this book from front to back; it rewards dipping into occasionally, as Gates sometimes surprises, sometimes intrigues, and rarely disappoints."
A collection of vignettes about the black experience in the United States and around the globe. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A vivid history of homegrown resistance."
During World War II, American Nazis planned to overthrow the U.S. government and eradicate Jews. Read full book review >
HITLER, MY NEIGHBOR by Edgar  Feuchtwanger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An intimate look at the horror wrought by Hitler."
The story of a Jewish family who watched in fear as a new neighbor rose to power. 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 >