History Book Reviews (page 5)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An occasionally scattershot but undeniably valuable history of the Russian Revolution."
Rappaport (The Romanov Sisters, 2014, etc.) gathers together the impressions of foreign witnesses to the historic events of the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF HITLER'S FORTRESS CITY by Isabel Denny
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A knowledgeable survey of a specific point in the eastern front and its ramifications for the Baltic region."
A focused history of an intensely held Prussian city on the eastern front during World War II. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The Robbins controversy featured arguments about alien rights, asylum, national identity, and the meaning and scope of American citizenship, all of which persist and all of which Ekirch handles with remarkable dexterity."
A historian revisits a little-remembered incident, the murderous 1797 mutiny aboard HMS Hermione, and traces its startling ramifications. Read full book review >
CONVERGENCE by Peter Watson
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Those who reject the idea of convergence outright may not get far in this book, but readers with no objection to a sweeping, entirely fascinating history of science during the last 200 years will find an abundance of enlightening material."
The journalist and polymath delivers a delightful exploration of "the deepest idea in the universe." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A valuable contribution to the history of the early republic and to the scholarly literature of civil rights."
In actual practice, it has been far from self-evident in America that all men—all people—are created equal. Read full book review >

THE SIX DAY WAR by Guy Laron
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Primarily of scholarly interest, though readers with an interest in Middle Eastern geopolitics will find much of value."
A penetrating study of a conflict that, although brief, helped establish a Middle Eastern template that is operational today. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"For food history and presidential history buffs alike, both entertaining and illuminating."
"The White House kitchen is a workplace, just like any other professional kitchen"—except, of course, that it's much more than that, a subject that food historian Miller (Soul Food, 2013) explores with gusto. Read full book review >
WHISTLEBLOWER AT THE CIA by Melvin A. Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"The causes of Goodman's vitriol are indeed worrisome, but his countless repetitions grow wearisome."
A former CIA analyst (1966-1990) deplores what he argues is the increasing deleterious politicization of the agency. Read full book review >
CANNIBALISM by Bill Schutt
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"One takeaway: humans don't taste like chicken. A learned, accessible, and engaging approach to a meaty—beg pardon—and always-controversial subject."
Zoologist Schutt (Biology/LIU Post; Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, 2008) gets to the heart of the matter of a topic that makes people shudder. Read full book review >
STAND YOUR GROUND by Caroline E. Light
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A weighty consideration of the cultural politics behind disturbing flash points like the death of Trayvon Martin."
A legalistic polemic arguing that the "natural right" of self-defense has been perverted by American gun culture. Read full book review >
STALIN AND THE SCIENTISTS by Simon Ings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A provocative and increasingly chilling work that shows how scientists in the nascent Soviet Union were sacrificed to the Soviet dream of building the ideal state."
Picking through a minefield of Soviet utopia and paranoia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An exciting, suspenseful tale of international intrigue."
An elegant presentation of Winston Churchill's special guerrilla operations force, which consistently met the dirty exigencies of war. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >