History Book Reviews (page 6)

MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S PATHFINDER by John Bicknell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An instructive take on a period in American political history that became 'the first time a cause and campaign of a major political party resonated with women—and with free people of color.'"
A history of the intricate reworking of American political parties in light of the divisive views about the expansion of slavery into the West. Read full book review >

CROSSING THE RIVER KABUL by Kevin  McLean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Details of Afghan tribal life and family well-delineated."
A Western writer affectingly takes up the voice of a beleaguered Afghan man and his harrowing flight out of his war-torn country. Read full book review >
AVENGING THE PEOPLE by J.M. Opal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Opal's portrait may be too academic for general readers, but given some of the views of the current occupant of the White House, it is certainly relevant."
A scholarly study of Andrew Jackson's troubling sense of persecution and vindication for the poor, white frontier folk who flocked to his name and legend. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2017

"Academic history light on bombast, with clear relevance to our current unsettled moment."
Evenhanded account of society's persistent embrace of surveillance for security and control. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2017

"A philosophically astute defense of regionalism's virtues."
A scholarly history examines the academic and cultural derision suffered by the Midwest, calling for a return to a healthy regionalism. Read full book review >
DESTINED FOR WAR by Graham Allison
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A timely, reasoned treatise by a keen observer and historian."
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance." Read full book review >
CATTLE KINGDOM by Christopher Knowlton
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"Though without the encompassing narrative fire of a Stegner or McMurtry, a pleasing contribution to the history of the post-Civil War frontier."
History of the boom-and-bust cycles of the cattle industry in the wildest days of the Wild West. Read full book review >
AMERICA AND THE GREAT WAR by Margaret E. Wagner
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A fresh, enlightening look at American society as it reluctantly worked its way into being a world power—most valuable to historians and sociologists."
The latest installment of the Library of Congress' series of illustrated histories and timelines, this one focusing on World War I. Read full book review >
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION by Sean McMeekin
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"McMeekin effectively shows how easily one man could undermine the foundations of a nation, and he makes the revolution comprehensible as he exposes the deviousness of its leader."
A fresh history of the revolution "as a concrete historical event—controversial and significant in its lasting impact on world politics, but also worth understanding on its own terms, unmediated by our current prejudices." Read full book review >
MY EUROPEAN FAMILY by Karin Bojs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A book to consult before swabbing, full of insight into the uses and abuses of genetics."
A science journalist searches deep for roots and finds them in the deepest helixes of her genetic code. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 2017

"Solid Western history that enhances the understanding of a tragic tale by highlighting the strong human dimension through the accounts of participants before, during, and after the expedition."
Prolific popular writer Wallis (David Crockett: Lion of the West, 2011, etc.) brings his storytelling skills to an unusual episode in American westward expansion. 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 >