History Book Reviews (page 5)

A RIFT IN THE EARTH by James Reston Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The Vietnam Memorial, with Lin's wall as the centerpiece (but with a series of compromises also put in place), is one of the most striking features on the National Mall. As this relatively brief but powerful book shows, this outcome was far from a foregone conclusion."
A gripping history of the fights over how to memorialize the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE CHOICE by Edith Eva  Eger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A searing, astute study of intensive healing and self-acceptance through the absolution of suffering and atrocity."
A mental health professional braids stories of her patients' epiphanies with her own personal journey through Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An impressively broad scholarly history whose readability and smooth organization make it a joy to read."
A leading historian of the Enlightenment explores the widely differing philosophies that led to the American and French revolutions and their social, cultural, and ideological impacts on the world. Read full book review >
THE COLD WAR by Odd Arne Westad
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A tremendous and timely history lesson for our age."
A sweeping study of the "bipolar" struggle between the two superpowers that moved from ideological conflict to permanent military confrontation. Read full book review >
CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >

STANTON by Walter Stahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A lively, lucid, and opinionated history, and his research supports his skepticism on some historical claims. The book should be Stanton's definitive biography for some time to come."
An exhaustive biography of the most controversial figure in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike."
Food historian Twitty, creator of the Afroculinaria blog, serves up a splendid hearth-based history, at once personal and universal, of the African-American experience. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gripping addition to the literature of the period and an overdue tribute to these unique Americans."
The inspiring story of the "Ritchie Boys" and their unique contribution to the Allied victory in World War II. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Essential reading full of remarkable emotional wealth."
The Nobel laureate (2015) writes about "the wrong kind of war": oral confessions from Russian women intimately involved with fighting for the motherland. Read full book review >
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A charming, well-researched journey to 'Austen-land.'"
A fresh, spirited look at the beloved author by a self-proclaimed "Janeite." Read full book review >
ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS by Billy  Bragg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
Superb account, by British folk-punker Bragg (A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics, 2016, etc.), of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s. Read full book review >
HANNIBAL by Patrick N. Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A thrilling page-turner about one of history's most brilliant strategists and tacticians."
An archaeologist and historian shares his vast knowledge of the life of the leader of the second Punic War (213-202 B.C.E.). 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 >