History Book Reviews (page 7)

GATEWAY TO FREEDOM by Eric Foner
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Foner brings to life fraught decades of contention, brutality and amazing acts of moral courage."
New sources reveal the perilous journeys of fugitive slaves. Read full book review >
F.B. EYES by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2015

"An occasionally intriguing work whose organization and diction consign it to reference status."
Maxwell (English and African-American Studies, Washington Univ.; New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism between the Wars, 1999) reveals the obsession of the late FBI director with the lives and literature of leading black writers.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 18, 2015

"A sophisticated, densely referenced, scholarly take on the perennial traits of human deceit and dishonesty."
An intellectual discourse on the essence and history of duplicity. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Organized, accessible history for everyone."
This populist study of recent speeches, films and published works reveals the many uses of America's founding ideals. Read full book review >
SOPHIA by Anita Anand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A sturdy narrative of one woman's awakening and strength in the early 20th century as she witnessed the vast societal changes in India and England."
The biography of an Indian royal princess, born in Britain, who found a higher purpose as she discovered her heritage. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A fresh look at the sources and a careful eye to leadership and character places this book high atop the list of recent Civil War histories."
"The cheering proved to be our folly." Thus said Robert E. Lee, chiding Southern vanity at the outbreak of the Civil War, the setting for this thoughtful study of command. Read full book review >
THE NUNS OF SANT'AMBROGIO by Hubert Wolf
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An eye-opening story of evil in a holy place."
The long-hidden story of the ultimate convent scandal, masterfully retold. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET by Roger Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With limpid prose, Cohen delivers a searching and profoundly moving memoir."
In an effort to understand the modern Jewish experience, distinguished New York Times columnist Cohen (Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, 2005, etc.) examines his family history of displacement, despair and resilience. Read full book review >
THE MATCH GIRL AND THE HEIRESS by Seth Koven
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 11, 2015

"The real story here is the idealistic work of Muriel, Doris and Nellie as they fought for universal justice and economic equality. Koven demonstrates how these women changed the world's attitude toward the poor."
Muriel Lester (1885-1968) was one of the best-known faces of the 20th century's global peace movement. Koven (History/Rutgers Univ.; Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London, 2004) explains her strong connection to London's East End through her friend, orphan Nellie Dowell.Read full book review >
THE LAST ESCAPER by Peter Tunstall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"An engrossing valediction to the tough, imaginative generation forged by the war."
A remarkable memoir of a British lad's salad days flying bombers against the Nazis and then repeatedly escaping their prison camps. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"It wasn't all the same, though: The Republicans had a moderate wing in those days. As with all Zelizer's books, this is a smart, provocative study."
A sort-of-liberal president faces an intransigent, obstructionist Congress: We mean Lyndon Johnson, of course, and the class of 1966. Read full book review >
THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >