History Book Reviews (page 7)

THE REVOLUTION OF ROBERT KENNEDY by John R.  Bohrer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A poignant sketch of a lost champion of social justice from an age when it could still be said that 'politics is still the greatest and most honorable adventure.'"
Freelance reporter and TV news producer Bohrer debuts with an inquiry into the transformation of Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) from hard-nosed political operative to inspirational presidential candidate. Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >

IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD by Danny Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"No substitute for more serious histories of the era but a genial you-were-there memoir of a golden age."
A reminiscence of the time that brought us Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love. Read full book review >
EMPIRES IN THE SUN by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An often scintillating but flawed depiction of the European domination of Africa over more than a century."
A history of "the transformation of Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when almost the entire continent became a part of Europe's global empires." Read full book review >
LOVING by Sheryll Cashin
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A concise, powerful reflection on the 50th anniversary of the landmark case."
A sobering look at the centrality of whiteness to the nation's founding and growth, both before and after Loving v. Virginia, the significant 1967 Supreme Court case. Read full book review >

BLACK DETROIT by Herb Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An inspiring, illuminating book that will interest students of urban history and the black experience."
The history of the many contributions of African-American Detroit to the larger American project. Read full book review >
HUE 1968 by Mark Bowden
Released: June 6, 2017

"One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief."
A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat. Read full book review >
IMPLACABLE FOES by Waldo  Heinrichs
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2017

"A useful resource for serious students of World War II."
An in-depth account of the denouement of the Pacific phase of World War II. Read full book review >
MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S PATHFINDER by John Bicknell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An instructive take on a period in American political history that became 'the first time a cause and campaign of a major political party resonated with women—and with free people of color.'"
A history of the intricate reworking of American political parties in light of the divisive views about the expansion of slavery into the West. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE RIVER KABUL by Kevin  McLean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Details of Afghan tribal life and family well-delineated."
A Western writer affectingly takes up the voice of a beleaguered Afghan man and his harrowing flight out of his war-torn country. Read full book review >
AVENGING THE PEOPLE by J.M. Opal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Opal's portrait may be too academic for general readers, but given some of the views of the current occupant of the White House, it is certainly relevant."
A scholarly study of Andrew Jackson's troubling sense of persecution and vindication for the poor, white frontier folk who flocked to his name and legend. 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 >