History Book Reviews (page 6)

MAKING MONTE CARLO by Mark Braude
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A well-researched, dramatic rags-to-riches urban tale."
A story of how one city attained spectacular wealth and luxury. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY NOW! by Amy Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"An impassioned book aiming to fuel informed participation, outrage, and dissent."
A 20-year chronicle of a radio, TV, and Internet broadcast program whose mission has been to expose, defy, and edify. Read full book review >

SHANTYTOWN, USA by Lisa Goff
HISTORY
Released: April 11, 2016

"An interesting history lacking a prescription for the future."
Shantytowns, the author argues, have been "a decentralized, self-built, market-based solution to the affordable housing shortage." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 11, 2016

"Victorian murder mysteries are usually entertaining. Even without a Sherlock, this highly readable story still shows the cleverness of the police and the frustrations of prosecutors."
Murphy (Interdisciplinary Writing/Univ. of Colorado; Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy, 2013) exposes the inequities of British justice in the 1871 case of Jane Clouson, who was "found attacked and horribly disfigured on a quiet country lane outside of Greenwich."Read full book review >
THE ORACLE OF OIL by Mason Inman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2016

"Inman provides enlightenment on a persistently intractable topic and praise for the scientist who clearly saw the consequences of our reliance on oil."
The career of a hero of hydrocarbon exploration reminds us that it's a finite world after all. Read full book review >

FAMILY HISTORY OF FEAR by Agata Tuszynska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2016

"A wrenching journey in search of memory and identity."
A Polish poet and historian explores her family's tormented history. Read full book review >
WORLDS ELSEWHERE by Andrew Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A frequently illuminating investigation of Shakespeare around the world."
Shakespeare, performed in the most unlikely places. Read full book review >
LOUISA by Louisa Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An elegant, deeply perceptive portrait."
The "vivid and propulsive" life of the wife of statesman and president John Quincy Adams. Read full book review >
A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Manaugh's authoritative writing wields a descriptive elegance, but while much in the book seems self-evident, he goes to great lengths to define it, and now and then, this laboring of the obvious results in unnecessary padding."
Manaugh (The BLDGBLOG Book, 2009) melds a romantic's taste for the furtive with the nitty-gritty of subverting architectural design in this fascinating, occasionally overfurnished examination of the art and science of burglary.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A solid overview for general readers."
Prizewinning journalist and Fox News political analyst Williams (Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, 2011, etc.) identifies more than two dozen individuals who helped shape modern America.Read full book review >
1941 by Marc Wortman
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging and well-researched look behind the scenes of an important historic era. Highly recommended."
A wide-ranging examination of America's entry into World War II as the Franklin Roosevelt administration juggled the demands of an isolationist Congress and voices urging early intervention. Read full book review >
TILL WE HAVE BUILT JERUSALEM by Adina Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Lovers of Jerusalem will feel right at home as Hoffman brings a small bit of its history to life."
Hoffman (My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, 2009, etc.) studies three very different architects responsible for the look of Jerusalem.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >