History Book Reviews (page 7)

FREDERICK THE GREAT by Tim Blanning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"While the sections about Frederick's childhood and reign are well-written and informative, it is the war coverage that will win over readers looking for a different view of the Seven Years' War."
Prussia owes its reputation as the personification of militarism to Frederick the Great (1712-1786), who, though mocked by his own father as a weakling, foreshadowed Napoleon's military genius. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 29, 2016

"A masterly work best suited to those who study marketing and are undaunted by the dense, detailed narrative."
A wide-ranging exposition of the human life of buying, selling, and trading from the Renaissance until now. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 29, 2016

"A fantastic addition to the shelves of World War I histories."
The first English-language account of a small army that actually took control of Siberia in 1918. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 29, 2016

"Provocative, especially in this election year, though unlikely to sway doctrinaire members of the reigning party."
A free market, purely capitalist in nature? It doesn't exist—not in this country, anyway, despite right-wing claims to the contrary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"A footnote to a much larger story but a welcome one."
A fascinating scholarly detective story centering on the often overlooked ideological architect of the Third Reich, who could never be made to "accept the notion that the ideas he had trumpeted had led to genocide." Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 22, 2016

"Students of American history will appreciate the detail and the thoroughness of this account of what Churchill called the 'first world war.'"
MacLeod (The Canadian Iroquois and the Seven Years' War, 2012, etc.) uses diaries, letters, and other personal accounts to demonstrate the effects of the pivotal battle of the Seven Years' War, showing how it resounded throughout the Western world for years.Read full book review >
THE LOST BOOK OF MOSES by Chanan Tigay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A work of broad appeal, for the history buff and mystery lover alike."
The search for the world's oldest biblical manuscript. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 22, 2016

"With suspicions still extant in the town, the book delivers an eye-opening reminder of ongoing bigotry."
An account of the savage killings of two black couples in an insular, bigoted Georgia town just after World War II. Read full book review >
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by James Traub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"An impassioned biography of 'a coherent and consistent thinker who adhered to his core political convictions across his decades of public service.'"
The life of an early American statesman and president who served as the young nation's strenuous conscience. Read full book review >
THE ENVOY by Zalmay Khalilzad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A chronological, straightforward, occasionally disturbing history of the challenges leading to the current morass."
A Middle East adviser recounts the role of the United States in the region over the past three decades. Read full book review >
THE PAPER TRAIL by Alexander Monro
HISTORY
Released: March 22, 2016

"Illuminating, richly detailed history."
From China to Eurasia to Europe, how paper profoundly changed culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 22, 2016

"A historical tour de force."
No less than Paris in the 1920s, New York City in the 1940s was the center of the world, according to this exhilarating account of the city during that decade. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >