History Book Reviews (page 6)

THE BIG BREAK by Stephen Dando-Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An exciting account from a passionate author who has done the necessary research."
A detailed look at the escape attempts by intrepid British and American POWs from Nazi camps near the end of World War II. Read full book review >
BATTLE ROYAL by Hugh Bicheno
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Of much interest to students of late medieval British history, though a glance at the 20-odd pages of charted royal lineages and ranking clergy will doubtless scare off casual readers."
Lancasters, Yorkists, and appendices, oh my! Read full book review >

BOP APOCALYPSE by Martin Torgoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A textured story of human hope and hopelessness, of artistry that blossomed in the most daunting and, in some cases, demeaning circumstances."
A comprehensive and compassionate account of the intersections of jazz, race, and drugs in mid-20th-century America. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL by John Avlon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier."
Why George Washington's last message proves apposite to our own time. Read full book review >
THREE DAYS IN JANUARY by Bret Baier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A focused and timely study of Eisenhower's significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK's inherited new world."
A sobering return to Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address, arriving just before our own moment of uncertain presidential transition. Read full book review >

THE GENIUS OF JUDAISM by Bernard-Henri Lévy
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A philosophical celebration of Judaism that wanders but ultimately returns to hope and light."
A memoir and philosophical reflection on the renewed urgency to study the Jewish tomes. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A passionately presented book that offers sparkling tangents for further study."
A history of the startling scientific innovations that rose to meet disconcerting troubles in revolutionary France. Read full book review >
FINKS by Joel Whitney
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Another odd episode steps out from the Cold War's shadows. Riveting."
Who would have thought that the Zen-saintly author of The Snow Leopard might have been a spook? Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD by Daniel Beer
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An eye-opening, haunting work that delineates how a vast imperial penal system crumbled from its rotten core."
An elucidating study of how Russia's east was won—by hard labor. Read full book review >
A CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT by Michael D’Antonio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sometimes overly gushing and perhaps premature but bolstered with enough evidence."
An overview of President Barack Obama's two-term presidency: his successes, failures, and incompletions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination."
The author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—The Creators of Superman (2013) returns with the astonishing story of the first female U.S. district attorney. Read full book review >
WAR AGAINST WAR by Michael Kazin
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An illuminating, if discouraging, account of a doomed attempt to pull America back from an abyss."
A history of the campaign to oppose American intervention in World War I. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >