History Book Reviews (page 6)

WELLINGTON by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Almost certainly not the last word on Wellington but, for now, the most definitive biography of him."
Australian historian Muir (Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814, 2013, etc.) completes his suitably imposing biography of the Iron Duke, guiding him from war to an uneasy peacetime. Read full book review >
AARON HENRY OF MISSISSIPPI by Minion K.C. Morrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2015

"A sometimes slow-moving but mostly enlightening book about a fearless man that readers should know better."
Morrison (Political Science and Public Administration/Mississippi State Univ.; African Americans and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook, 2003) brings our belated attention to Aaron Henry (1922-1997), a man of immense talent devoted to establishing an integrated society.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2015

"Top-notch military history."
The word "legendary" is overused in military history, but it is almost an understatement for the Lafayette Escadrille. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bountiful literary history that maps the work of 'an intellectual orchestra, a gathering of sparkling talents in a common cause, each participant the master of his own chosen field.'"
How a "circle of instigators" thrived in mid-20th-century England. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A highly recommended addition to the literature of military history."
A close look at three of the iconic battles in American history, as experienced by the men on the front lines. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A fast-moving and readable yet unsurprising tale of wealth and power in the new Russia."
The rise and fall of a single oligarch as a gaudy microcosm of post-communist Russia. Read full book review >
STALIN'S DAUGHTER by Rosemary Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"The author manages suspense and intrigue at every turn."
A biography of haunting fascination portrays its subject as a pawn of historical circumstance who tried valiantly to create her own life. Read full book review >
SPECTACLE by Pamela Newkirk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"An inspired and moving work of intrepid scholarship."
A shocking tale of a young African taken from his home for the purposes of Western science throws into relief the turn-of-the-century's ill-conceived intentions and prejudice. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Nevertheless, this is a captivating portrait of the struggle between labor and capital during a formative period in the quest for workers' rights."
One of the most influential Americans you never heard of rides the crest of a labor uprising in Gilded Age New York City. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR by Dominic Tierney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 2, 2015

"Tierney is clearly not optimistic about real change in the near future, but his useful book's coda offers some interesting long-term strategies to avoid endless war in the future."
A manifesto that offers alternative stratagems to waging war in a changing geopolitical landscape. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A fast-paced Vietnam War story that cheekily employs the pilots' vernacular as well as plenty of technological terminology."
Weapon wizardry and exciting, in-the-moment pilots' accounts comprise this homage to the group of first trackers of the pesky surface-to-air missiles during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A gripping story whose grasp sometimes loosens in explanatory passages."
A reporter for the Washington Post debuts with the forgotten story of a pilot whose B-24 crashed near the Charley River in some of Alaska's most remote territory in December 1943.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >