History Book Reviews (page 6)

THE AGE OF EISENHOWER by William I. Hitchcock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Despite plenty of warts, Hitchcock's Eisenhower was a hardworking, skillful president. Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower in War and Peace (2012) remains the best modern biography, but Hitchcock's is a worthy competitor."
A lengthy, well-documented argument that "the era from the end of the Second World War up to the presidency of John F. Kennedy deserves to be known as the Age of Eisenhower." Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A tumultuous history briskly told."
On a tiny Caribbean island in the 1630s, England vested her hopes of global domination. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"A lively and illuminating revisionist history."
A search for profits and new markets spurred England's exploration of North America. Read full book review >
THE BURNING HOUSE by Anders Walker
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers unfamiliar with the anti-integration culture might find some of the invective difficult to process, but Walker skillfully presents his interpretations of his subjects' writing."
A law professor takes on the history of racial integration in the United States by focusing on well-known intellectuals who questioned whether integration was wise or desirable for African-Americans. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Add another Mafia to the list (Italian, Irish, Russian…), then. Fascinating reading for true-crime buffs."
A stout but fast-moving tale of criminal misdoings from Havana to Manhattan and beyond, courtesy of a Cuban crime boss with a plan. Read full book review >

THE HEAVENS MIGHT CRACK by Jason Sokol
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A revealing examination of how a 'courageous dissident' became a martyred saint."
A history of the passionate responses generated by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >
THE WIFE'S TALE by Aida Edemariam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A flawed but richly evocative tale of family and international history."
A Guardian journalist tells the story of her Ethiopian grandmother's remarkable life. Read full book review >
BLOOD LETTERS by Lian Xi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A moving account of astonishing human courage in the leering face of human cruelty."
A profoundly grim, sanguinary account of the suffering of a young woman during the days of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >
CLASS MATTERS by Steve Fraser
Released: March 20, 2018

"Smart and sometimes snarky; a book to study up on before taking to the streets to protest things as they are."
An examination of the concept and reality of class in a putatively classless nation. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS MYSTIC by Joel F. Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Extremely well-researched and fluidly written, Harrington's work will serve as a meaningful resource for students of mysticism and of late Medieval Christianity."
Insightful biography of German theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1328). Read full book review >
HUNTING THE TRUTH by Beate Klarsfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"With bravery and chutzpah, a husband and wife demonstrate that there's no moral compromise with history."
In a joint memoir, a pair of notable Nazi hunters review their half-century of disputing acceptance of mass murderers in decent society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends."
The tale of "one of the most captivating and enduring pieces of jewelry," which would "crawl into the world of collectors and jewelers to enchant and confound them" for more than eight decades. 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 >