History Book Reviews (page 7)

HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A gripping story whose grasp sometimes loosens in explanatory passages."
A reporter for the Washington Post debuts with the forgotten story of a pilot whose B-24 crashed near the Charley River in some of Alaska's most remote territory in December 1943.Read full book review >
DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE by Jed Rasula
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 2015

"A well-researched survey that shows the scope of Dada and its influence on the art world."
Rasula (English/Univ. of Georgia; Modernism and Poetic Inspiration, 2009, etc.) follows an uprising of disaffected artists who burned through Europe during and after World War I, incinerating old ideas of art and literature and making way for new forms.Read full book review >

BAPTISTS IN AMERICA by Thomas S. Kidd
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"An instructive work that allows for a fuller understanding of an important religious element in America."
A thoroughgoing study of Baptists, radicalized by persecution and honed by internal schism. Read full book review >
THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD WAR TWO by Richard Overy
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"A good choice for new insights into aspects of the war we never knew, such as the 'other' D-Day in the Marianas and the great significance of the Eastern front in the final outcome."
Distinguished historians explore developments in the study of World War II. Read full book review >
BUCKLEY AND MAILER by Kevin M. Schultz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"In a book rich in anecdote and insight, Schultz assays their relationship splendidly."
A perceptive analysis of the evolution of political cultures that infuses a dissection of the contradictions within liberal and conservative thought with revealing character studies. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Schneiderhan leaves it to us to continue the journey these two began. His work, like theirs, is inspiring."
Schneiderhan's (Sociology/Univ. of Toronto) biographical comparison of Jane Addams (1860-1935) and Barack Obama illustrates how little has changed regarding the difficulties of community building. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"A dense but accessible discussion of the metaphysical role of time in human affairs."
In 1922, at a meeting of the French Society of Philosophy, Henri Bergson (1859-1941), "one of the most respected philosophers of his era," expressed unhappiness with Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, which discarded the concept of absolute time and denied the reality of simultaneity. Present in the audience, Einstein disagreed. Read full book review >
ROME'S REVOLUTION by Richard Alston
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"A touch on the dry side but a feast for classical scholars."
A detailed history of Rome's transition from republic to empire, a disruptive, violent process. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT by Benjamin Hedin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2015

"Thoughtful essays on this significant struggle, ongoing and continuous."
A journalistic foray into the work of unsung heroes in the civil rights struggle, then and now. Read full book review >
OUT OF ASHES by Konrad H. Jarausch
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"Comprehensive and with a convincing closing defense of the best of European ideals as contrasted with the 'prescriptions of military strength, unilateral intervention, unrestrained speculation, and social conservatism' that prevail on the other side of the Atlantic."
Massive but well-contained and richly detailed account of history's bloodiest century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"A pleasure for students of modern history, especially useful for those seeking an introduction to the broad field of intellectual history. Barzun, Berlin, and Needham would likely argue at points, but this fits squarely in their tradition."
A broad survey of the ideas that have driven modern history since the 19th century—and on account of which millions of lives have been changed for good or ill. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ENTERPRISE by Andy Serwer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 26, 2015

"An attractively presented guide and showcase to the museum and to business history."
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History provides an illustrated overview of the country's business history, including images of objects and artifacts in the museum's collections. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >