History Book Reviews (page 7)

THE REMARKABLE EDUCATION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by Phyllis Lee Levin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intimate, richly detailed portrait of a powerful political figure."
The formative experiences that shaped a political mind. Read full book review >
THOMAS CROMWELL by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner's-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation."
A mildly revisionist biography of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An elucidating intellectual history of an influential strategic sage that few outsiders have ever heard of."
A well-organized biography of Andrew Marshall (b. 1921), the architect of the Defense Department's "net assessment" strategy since the early days of the Cold War. Read full book review >
A MAN OF GOOD HOPE by Jonny Steinberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"For truly capturing the power of dreams and the resilience of human nature, this book deserves a wide audience."
Steinberg (Little Liberia: An African Odyssey in New York City, 2011, etc.) weaves together the many personas of a man whose story is at once unique and an archetypal example of an all-too-large collective.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This book is for those with a legal bent who enjoy the question more than the solution. While certainly erudite, the text is long and confusing, and many readers will wonder where the author is heading."
Herzog (Latin American Affairs/Harvard Univ.; Defining Nations: Immigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America, 2003) examines the border disputes between Spain and Portugal, comparing the players and difficulties of the two widely distant and differing situations. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Compelling research within an overwrought presentation."
A romantic, rueful portrait of the Confederate general and the fatal decision that shut him out of history. Read full book review >
A THEORY OF THE DRONE by Grégoire Chamayou
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Chamayou does land some good points in this rather arid exercise, but one would rather have a Camus than a Derrida on this point."
If you are what you eat, then you are also what you kill with. Q.E.D. Read full book review >
WHEN GLOBALIZATION FAILS by James Macdonald
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Sturdy, scholarly, sharply focused, closely reasoned."
The tattered history of the notion that free, international trade ensures the permanence of peace and the disappearance of war. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Beyond the political implications and entanglements, the story engrosses with its fast-paced, plainspoken narrative."
A nonfiction account of an unlikely American hero in revolutionary Cuba that succeeds as both a thriller and a love story. Read full book review >
MR. AMERICA by John D. Fair
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An entertaining narrative of the bodybuilding subculture in America."
A history of the Mr. America pageant, the first major competitive bodybuilding showcase that helped popularize the sport. Read full book review >
AHA! by William B. Irvine
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Bright, absorbing look into a mystifying source of inspiration, the kind that often uncaps a wellspring of ideas and potential."
A crisply written study of how and why eureka moments can power intellectual breakthroughs. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"A formidable challenge for general readers but a must for specialists and those interested in how the past informs the present and how the present alters our understanding of the past."
A distinguished economic historian examines the remarkable parallels and the significant differences between the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >