History Book Reviews (page 6)

THE KAMIKAZE HUNTERS by Will Iredale
HISTORY
Released: June 15, 2016

"An engaging history of an underreported facet of the Pacific war."
Surprising history of the "half-forgotten" British effort to help the United States end the war with Japan in 1945. Read full book review >
THE GREAT INVENTION by Ehsan Masood
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 15, 2016

"A welcome cross-examination of a concept that seems as natural as sunlight but that, like every other human construct, is shot through with both politics and flaws."
We all know that statistics can lie. But what about one of the greatest statistical measures of all, Gross Domestic Product? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Readers who enjoy English history will be happy to have this in their libraries."
A series of biographies of the women connected to Cliveden, the house made famous in the Profumo affair. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 14, 2016

"A stimulating look at the American Revolution by a diligent historian and talented writer."
A fresh view of Britain's attempt to quash an independence movement that didn't have to occur. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI GRAND by Taras Grescoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Grescoe exuberantly captures the glamour and intrigue of a lost world."
An intrepid journalist in free-wheeling 1930s Shanghai. Read full book review >

SPIRAL by Mark Danner
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 14, 2016

"A chilling cautionary tale of Orwellian repercussions."
A somber examination of why the war on terror has stretched over 15 years and appears to have no end in sight. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE CAREER OF WILLIAM ELLIS by Karl Jacoby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An amazing tale that is indeed 'almost too strange to be true.'"
A remarkable historical detective story that unearths the life and times of a "trickster" African-American who was able to "pass," and strive spectacularly, as Latino. Read full book review >
A HOUSE FULL OF DAUGHTERS by Juliet Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Readers interested in 19th- and early-20th-century society, especially that of the upper classes, will enjoy this picture of the privileged life, 'where loyalty, respect and equality are all held in the highest regard.'"
Nicolson (Abdication, 2012, etc.) traces seven generations of women connected to the Sackville Wests. Read full book review >
WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN by James Lee McDonough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A fine biography, welcome reading for any student of Civil War history."
A wide-ranging biography of the Civil War legend, a monster to some, a savior to others. Read full book review >
THE BUTLER'S CHILD by Lewis M. Steel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An articulate, emotionally moving chronicle of a life informed by racial unrest and elevated with dutiful humanitarianism."
A white man borne of privilege dedicates his life to the defense of civil rights. Read full book review >
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Featuring the use of new archives, a highly regarded historian offers a significant reappraisal."
A freshly critical life of the great American general, whose "spectacular successes were always haunted by his equally spectacular failures." Read full book review >
HUSTLING HITLER by Walter Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An intermittently interesting look at a character who was undoubtedly raw material for Ring Lardner and Damon Runyon. "
The tale of Freeman Bernstein, a Broadway grifter who scammed Nazi officials on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >