History Book Reviews (page 5)

WHEN MONTEZUMA MET CORTÉS by Matthew Restall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An engaging revisionist exploration of 'one of human history's great lies.'"
A methodical deconstruction of the myths surrounding Hernando Cortés' "Mexican conquest" and the surrender of Montezuma. Read full book review >
AN AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINX HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Paul Ortiz
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A sleek, vital history that effectively shows how, 'from the outset, inequality was enforced with the whip, the gun, and the United States Constitution.'"
A concise, alternate history of the United States "about how people across the hemisphere wove together antislavery, anticolonial, pro-freedom, and pro-working-class movements against tremendous obstacles." Read full book review >

1947 by Elisabeth Åsbrink
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A skillful and illuminating way of presenting, to wonderful effect, the cultural, political, and personal history of a year that changed the world."
Among innumerable turning points in history, 1947, just two years after World War II ended, is a year worth review. Åsbrink's book, translated from the Swedish, makes some of that year's neglected history and high drama tangible and meaningful. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Political histories are often a snooze, but Riedel is a lively, opinionated writer whose sympathy with his subjects' viewpoints will enlighten most readers."
An expert on the Middle East explores the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An impassioned call for continued efforts for change."
A hard-hitting revisionist history of civil rights activism. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An astute, highly informative food exposé that educates without bias, leaving the culinary decision-making to readers."
A gastronomic study of the gradual integration of organic food choices into public consumption. Read full book review >
TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AGE by Rob Riemen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology."
Essayist Riemen (Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal, 2008), founder of the Nexus Institute, an organization devoted to fostering philosophical inquiry and debate, mounts an impassioned argument for resistance to fascism, which he sees spreading globally. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"For fans of New York-iana, including historic preservation buffs as well as collectors of true crime, eccentrics, and odd moments."
A septet of Manhattan buildings becomes the setting for this study of prewar comings and goings on the part of their wealthy, famous, and criminal inhabitants. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"The compelling story of a Horatio Alger who lived well into his 90s."
An admiring biography of the Vegas wheeler-dealer who made billions but whose personal life became quite tangled. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A moving, well-documented testimony to lawyers' tireless battles against a nation's inhumanity."
A Tel Aviv-based human rights lawyer forcefully argues that Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is equivalent to apartheid. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An insightful, highly significant account that makes no predictions but lays out the critical environmental problems already upon us."
A dual biography of two significant figures who "had little regard" for each other's work but "were largely responsible for the creation of the basic intellectual blueprints that institutions around the world use today for understanding our environmental dilemmas." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An important and horrifying contribution to Holocaust studies."
The tale of one Eastern European town reflects a long history of anti-Semitism and political strife. 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 >