History Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >
CRUCIBLE by Michael Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"A useful compendium of tips if the sitting president had any interest in learning them, but otherwise of interest to students of governance and public policy."
An assemblage of economists, political scientists, and kindred policy wonks offer advice and observations to guide the sitting president. Read full book review >

TRUMP'S FIRST YEAR by Michael Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"A concise and dispassionate analysis of the controversial president's performance over the year since his unexpected election win."
This academic publication from the publisher's First Year Project won't generate the bombshell headlines of more sensationalist and gossipy books, but it provides context and balance for its conclusions, ones that are consistently at odds with Trump's own assessment of his performance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An entertaining recital of a notorious scandal."
The history of a crime of passion that revealed the sordid underside of the Gilded Age. Read full book review >
THE STOWAWAY by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly researched, but the narrative reads like a yarn from that era."
The story of an adventurous boy who captured America's imagination in an age of significant exploration. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Making profitable use of information science, Ferguson offers a novel way of examining data that will be highly intriguing to students of history and current affairs."
Renowned economic historian Ferguson (Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist, 2015, etc.) draws on insights from network theory to examine disruptions across time. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A richly detailed investigation of burgeoning creativity in a decade marked by both hope and dread."
In post-World War II America, literature revealed the nation's attitudes about patriotism, race, gender, and ecology. Read full book review >
HOW DEMOCRACIES DIE by Steven Levitsky
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The value of this book is the context it provides, in a style aimed at a concerned citizenry rather than fellow academics, rather than in the consensus it is not likely to build."
A provocative analysis of the parallels between Donald Trump's ascent and the fall of other democracies. Read full book review >
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Max Boot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Controversial in some of its conclusions, perhaps, as Lansdale's arguments were in their day, and essential reading for students of military policy and the Vietnam conflict."
A probing, timely study of wrong turns in the American conduct of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE LAST LONDON by Iain  Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"This is no ordinary memoir, but we wouldn't expect such from one of England's most inventive psychogeographic writers. Patience will reward each reader in his or her own way."
An unconventional, atmospheric exploration of London from one its most unique chroniclers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Minutaglio and Davis are superb storytellers, and throughout the narrative, they nimbly move between their two converging subjects. Their account is expertly detailed and blessedly fat-free."
A riveting international chase between a tenacious but paranoid cat and a wily but delusional mouse. Read full book review >
BREAKING WHITE SUPREMACY by Gary Dorrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A richly detailed book of much scholarly interest to students and practitioners of church-based social activism."
Intellectual history of Martin Luther King Jr.'s forebears in the tradition of social gospel and how he extended their work into the political sphere. 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 >