History Book Reviews (page 7)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intriguing, eye-opening spiritual biography."
Even history's most famous conqueror had a soft side. Read full book review >
THE CHAOS OF EMPIRE by Jon Wilson
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A rich, somewhat overlong history that should prove fascinating for students of Indian history."
A British expert in South Asian politics tackles the history of Britain's conquest of India. Read full book review >

THE WOMEN WHO MADE NEW YORK by Julie Scelfo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An eclectic assortment of women make for an entertaining read."
An exuberant celebration of more than 100 women who shaped the myths and realities of New York City. Read full book review >
AN IRON WIND by Peter Fritzsche
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"As Elie Wiesel once said, the question after Auschwitz is not 'How is it possible to believe in God?' but 'how can one believe in man?' That question is at the heart of this powerful, riveting, wrenching history."
Witnesses to the Nazi war machine experienced "illusion, hope, anguish, and indifference." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Kitfield gets inside the U.S. military 'brotherhood' to produce an engaging and chilling report."
A compelling chronological examination of the new intelligence-driven, multiagency counterterrorism model the U.S. military now uses to meet the "Age of Superterrorism." Read full book review >

BLACK ELK by Joe Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Of much literary and historical merit and a fine addition to the shelves of anyone interested in this part of America's unhappy past."
Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay "one of the twentieth century's most important documents on Native American culture." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"If DeWees' goal is to encourage 'a bookshelf full of new titles,' she succeeds in planting the seed that there are many treasures out there waiting for a second chance."
Debut author DeWees brings back to life seven Victorian women writers with the hope of proving them worthy of shelf space alongside Austen and the Brontës. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though oddly selective—the battles of Leyte Gulf and the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa are barely mentioned—this is a thoroughly satisfying account of the final years of World War II."
A skillful history of the final days of World War II, during which "America mastered the vast geopolitics of the Pacific." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"This first-rate journey into human trafficking, slavery, and familial bonding is an engrossing example of spirited, determined reportage."
A consummate chronicler of the American South spotlights the extraordinary history of two kidnapped African-American brothers enslaved as a circus sideshow act. Read full book review >
OF ARMS AND ARTISTS by Paul Staiti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A lively, splendid history that captures the times with insight, acumen, and a juggler's finesse."
How American art inspired a young country. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An entertaining history that could have more potently exemplified power and oppression in turn-of-the-century America."
How scandals undermined the success of a world's fair that ushered in a new century. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Despite the gossipy bits, the research is impressive, and Sebba offers balance to the plethora of war histories featuring the roles of men. The book has ample material for lively discussion in women's studies classes."
An extensively researched cultural history of Paris from 1939 to 1949, covering events leading to the fall of Paris, its occupation by the Nazis, and the early postwar years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >