History Book Reviews (page 6)

KENNEDY AND KING by Steven Levingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-documented narrative that would benefit from more consistent analysis."
A dual biography chronicles three years of upheaval in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A singular study exhibiting both military duty and human compassion."
An insider account of the last days guarding, and bonding with, the former president of Iraq. Read full book review >

1944 DIARY by Hans Keilson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"The diary should appeal to readers of Keilson's fiction but not most general readers."
The wartime diary of a celebrated novelist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A timely, energetic combination of social and scientific history in anticipation of the total solar eclipse predicted for Aug. 21, 2017."
The captivating story of a 19th-century solar eclipse. Read full book review >
GOING DEEP by Lawrence Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor."
A history of the attack submarine and its inventor, who "would never know that he had helped create one of the defining killing machines of two world wars." Read full book review >

WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED by Wendy  Pearlman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A poignant and humane collection."
Testimonials from Syrians about life before, during, and after the 2011 rebellion. Read full book review >
THE ORIGIN OF THE JEWS by Steven Weitzman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An accomplishment for the academy. Readers seeking a less theoretical approach would do well to try Jon Entine's Abraham's Children (2007)."
Where did the Jews come from, and what does that question really mean? Read full book review >
BLOOD ROYAL by Hugh Bicheno
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-written conclusion to a history perfectly suited to scholars and students."
Bicheno (Battle Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1440-1462, 2016) continues his work on the War of the Roses. Read full book review >
THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER by David King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work with great relevance for our current era of right-wing resurgence."
A highly detailed study of Hitler's failed putsch of Nov. 8, 1923, in Munich and the trial that "catapulted this relatively minor local leader onto the national stage." Read full book review >
THE REVOLUTION OF ROBERT KENNEDY by John R.  Bohrer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A poignant sketch of a lost champion of social justice from an age when it could still be said that 'politics is still the greatest and most honorable adventure.'"
Freelance reporter and TV news producer Bohrer debuts with an inquiry into the transformation of Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) from hard-nosed political operative to inspirational presidential candidate. Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD by Danny Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"No substitute for more serious histories of the era but a genial you-were-there memoir of a golden age."
A reminiscence of the time that brought us Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love. 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 >