History Book Reviews (page 6)

HOW LANGUAGE BEGAN by Daniel L.  Everett
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A worthy book for general readers not well-versed in anthropology, neurology, linguistics, and other technical sciences."
A noted linguist explores "the evolutionary history of language as a human invention—from the emergence of our species to the more than 7,000 languages spoken today." Read full book review >
SARGENT'S WOMEN by Donna M.  Lucey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Colorful, animated portraits sympathetically rendered."
Perceptive biographies of a quartet of Gilded Age women. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An engaging, lightly worn literary study, of a piece with Hugh Kenner's The Pound Era (1971) in divining the origins of the modern."
A group biography of four writers who are held as standard-bearers for a new movement in 20th-century literature. Read full book review >
OUR ISRAELI DIARY by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A slim volume graced by lively observations."
A British biographer offers salient glimpses of Israeli life and culture. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Scholarly in tone and approach but accessible and of interest to students of business history as well as to budding entrepreneurs."
Survey history of the alt-commerce movement that connects some major players in the modern retail space with the counterculture of the 1960s. Read full book review >

THE DAY WILL PASS AWAY by Ivan  Chistyakov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A singular crack inside the gulag system."
First published in Russian in 2014, this is the first American edition of a chilling, revealing diary of a reluctant gulag prison guard. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A readable book that shows how natural disaster spurred scientific inquiry."
A veteran science journalist illuminates the significance of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America. Read full book review >
GOD'S WOLF by Jeffrey Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A vivid narrative that effectively delineates the era's courtly spirit and 'nightmarish barbarity.'"
Elegant biography of a little-known Frankish crusader who is still a thorn in the sides of Islamists. Read full book review >
STANTON by Walter Stahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A lively, lucid, and opinionated history, and his research supports his skepticism on some historical claims. The book should be Stanton's definitive biography for some time to come."
An exhaustive biography of the most controversial figure in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A thoughtful study of a celebrated natural wonder that has come to truly 'embod[y] American ideals.'"
A sensitive portrait of the iconic national park in terms of the American people's place in it. Read full book review >
PERPETRATORS by Guenter Lewy
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Lewy condemns the poor justice in this difficult book, which is decidedly and understandably one-sided; it will be of most use to scholars and serious students of the Holocaust."
What converted ordinary people into murderous Nazis, and why did so few opt out when they could, without penalty? Read full book review >
RUSSIA'S DEAD END by Andrei A.  Kovalev
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Too dense and scholarly for some general readers but astonishing in its relentless frankness and a refreshing report from an insider."
Why will democracy refuse to take root in Russia? 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 >