History Book Reviews (page 6)

STING LIKE A BEE by Leigh Montville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights during tumultuous times."
Fast-paced account of Muhammad Ali's struggle as a conscientious draft objector, a flashpoint for a tumultuous era. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An absorbing and often entertaining look at precious metal and its place—or lack thereof—in our wallets."
Is the dollar as good as gold? Not for a long time, writes Inc. editor Ledbetter (Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex, 2011, etc.), and therein hangs a tale. Read full book review >

THE FLIGHT by Dan Hampton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A celebration of a heroic feat sure to interest fans of aviation history."
A historic flight recounted in vivid detail. Read full book review >
HUMANITARIANS AT WAR by Gerald Steinacher
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2017

"A knowledgeable, stringent return to the record and scrutiny of 'good neutrality.'"
A history of the failure of the "neutral" guardians of humanity in a time of crisis and war. Read full book review >
RISING STAR by David J. Garrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Too long by half but consistently readable—an impressive work that will provide grist for the former president's detractors and admirers alike."
An exhaustive epic of Barack Obama's trajectory to the presidency. Read full book review >

BE LIKE THE FOX by Erica Benner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Benner succeeds at what every biographer tries to do: she brings her subject to life for her readers."
A new look at an old book—and the philosopher/diplomat who wrote it. Read full book review >
SCARS OF INDEPENDENCE by Holger Hoock
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An accomplished, powerful presentation of the American Revolution as it was, rather than as we might wish to remember it."
The American Revolution was no festive musical. Read full book review >
OCTOBER by China Miéville
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing march to revolution, told here with clarity and insight."
The award-winning fiction writer revisits the exciting, messy story of an explosive Russia on the brink of civil war. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO CAMELOT by Thomas Oliphant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"An excellent chronicle of JFK's innovations, his true personality, and how close he came to losing."
Accepting the challenge that Theodore White laid out in The Making of the President 1960: to "tell the story of the quest for power in 1960 in more precise terms with a greater wealth of established fact." Read full book review >
AGENT M by Henry Hemming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Hemming has uncovered a man determined not to be known and in so doing, has provided us with delightful reading."
The dramatic story of the remarkable British spymaster who may have been the model for the James Bond character M. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by Condoleezza Rice
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Some readers may not be convinced, but this book deserves a broad audience, especially in our current political climate."
George W. Bush's secretary of state returns to her academic roots with this accessibly written study of that imperfect but ideal form of government. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Good fuel for those who think that the sitting U.S. president is the worst thing to happen to democracy since Xerxes."
The West is premised on political and economic ideals that are under threat—from Beijing, from Moscow, and from Washington, D.C. 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 >