History Book Reviews (page 6)

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 18, 2015

"A sophisticated, densely referenced, scholarly take on the perennial traits of human deceit and dishonesty."
An intellectual discourse on the essence and history of duplicity. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Organized, accessible history for everyone."
This populist study of recent speeches, films and published works reveals the many uses of America's founding ideals. Read full book review >

SOPHIA by Anita Anand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A sturdy narrative of one woman's awakening and strength in the early 20th century as she witnessed the vast societal changes in India and England."
The biography of an Indian royal princess, born in Britain, who found a higher purpose as she discovered her heritage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A fresh look at the sources and a careful eye to leadership and character places this book high atop the list of recent Civil War histories."
"The cheering proved to be our folly." Thus said Robert E. Lee, chiding Southern vanity at the outbreak of the Civil War, the setting for this thoughtful study of command. Read full book review >
THE NUNS OF SANT'AMBROGIO by Hubert Wolf
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An eye-opening story of evil in a holy place."
The long-hidden story of the ultimate convent scandal, masterfully retold. Read full book review >

THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET by Roger Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With limpid prose, Cohen delivers a searching and profoundly moving memoir."
In an effort to understand the modern Jewish experience, distinguished New York Times columnist Cohen (Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, 2005, etc.) examines his family history of displacement, despair and resilience. Read full book review >
THE MATCH GIRL AND THE HEIRESS by Seth Koven
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 11, 2015

"The real story here is the idealistic work of Muriel, Doris and Nellie as they fought for universal justice and economic equality. Koven demonstrates how these women changed the world's attitude toward the poor."
Muriel Lester (1885-1968) was one of the best-known faces of the 20th century's global peace movement. Koven (History/Rutgers Univ.; Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London, 2004) explains her strong connection to London's East End through her friend, orphan Nellie Dowell.Read full book review >
THE LAST ESCAPER by Peter Tunstall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"An engrossing valediction to the tough, imaginative generation forged by the war."
A remarkable memoir of a British lad's salad days flying bombers against the Nazis and then repeatedly escaping their prison camps. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"It wasn't all the same, though: The Republicans had a moderate wing in those days. As with all Zelizer's books, this is a smart, provocative study."
A sort-of-liberal president faces an intransigent, obstructionist Congress: We mean Lyndon Johnson, of course, and the class of 1966. Read full book review >
THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >
YOUNG OVID by Diane Middlebrook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"In this inventive, hybrid biography, Middlebrook grounds Ovid's poetry in an insightful reconstruction of his life."
Discovering the author of the epic Metamorphoses. Read full book review >
HUCK FINN'S AMERICA by Andrew Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Delving deeply into 19th-century sources, generations of readers' responses and a wide range of Twain's writing, Levy complicates the possibilities of what the novel meant for its contemporaries and what it might mean for readers today."
Rediscovering Twain's most widely read novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >