History Book Reviews (page 7)

THE HOLOCAUST by Laurence Rees
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, concise, evenhanded work, essential for libraries and schools."
A magnificent new history that tracks the gradual evolution of the Final Solution. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2017

"Anderson provides plenty of fodder for academic audiences."
An exuberant tour of cities, real and imaginary, far and wide. Read full book review >

THE HELLO GIRLS by Elizabeth  Cobbs
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2017

"A fresh, well-researched contribution to military and gender history."
As members of the Army's Signal Corps, women played a critical role in World War I. Read full book review >
PROTESTANTS by Alec Ryrie
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Rarely has an author of such deep faith offered such a tolerant, engaging history of any religion."
A learned, lively look at the various faiths lumped together as Protestant, from Martin Luther in the 16th century to today. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Bad behavior makes for entertaining history, and age has not diminished Norwich's skills, so readers may gnash their teeth but will continue to turn the pages."
In the decades after 1500, four energetic rulers jockeyed for pre-eminence in a turbulent Europe. Read full book review >

FLAUBERT IN THE RUINS OF PARIS by Peter Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Flaubert's writing is vitally important to anyone seeking to understand the history of the period, and Brooks provides a scholarly but not inaccessible entry point."
Detailed examination of Gustave Flaubert's historical novel Sentimental Education (1869) and how it may have prophesied the "terrible year" of 1871. Read full book review >
THE GATEKEEPERS by Chris Whipple
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A well-researched, well-written review of a unique government position—informative for the general public and an insightful blueprint for the new administration."
Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Whipple chronicles the roles as well as the successes and failures of White House chiefs of staff from the Richard Nixon to Barack Obama administrations. Read full book review >
THE NEW KOREANS by Michael Breen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A solid entry point into the lives of a people who have fully earned their place on the world stage."
An exploration of "the cultural emergence and…international awareness and acceptance of South Korean expression to a point of familiarity." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A diverting view of some Americans' roles in this century-old conflict. For a more fine-grained focus on the ordinary man, see Peter Englund's The Beauty and the Sorrow (2012)."
World War I as seen through the private writings of American participants. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Dense with material and flavor of the epoch."
An intimate biography of Henry VIII's fifth queen: vivacious young woman who only wanted to have fun or a tragic victim of abusive elders? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A nonscholarly work that lay readers will find especially engaging."
A pertinent study of how the Islamic world played quick catch-up to the West over the course of the 19th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An eloquent dive into World War I cemeteries, monuments, mines, and trenches."
A journey back to the French rural landscape where so many American soldiers fell during World War I. 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 >