History Book Reviews (page 7)

JACKIE'S GIRL by Kathy  McKeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"McKeon's delightful memories have been tucked away for 50 years, and thankfully, she has brought them out to share the enchanting magic of Camelot with us all."
In her first book, McKeon recounts her years of working for Jacqueline Kennedy. Read full book review >
YOUR YOSEMITE by Robert O. Binnewies
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"A solid, engaging history of a venerable institution."
An overview of Yosemite's past as a national park and as a part of American history. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2017

"An informed, important exposé of the nation's institutionalized racism that would have been even more reader-friendly with the inclusion of more individual case histories."
How government policies have perpetuated the caste system of slavery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A stirring book that explores numerous aspects of racism in Alabama and the nation as a whole."
An examination of an infamous 1957 conviction of a young, black Army veteran for the murder of a white police officer that more broadly delineates the struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Engrossing history of a city with the enduring power to fascinate."
Timbuktu has generated myths that persist into the 21st century. Read full book review >

JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET RADICAL by Helena Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fine-grained study that shows us how to read between the lines to discover the remarkable woman who helped transform the novel from trash to an absolute art form."
Tracking the "shadowy, curiously colorless figure" of the revered novelist. Read full book review >
THE UNRULY CITY by Mike Rapport
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Rapport's in-depth research into these three cities at war is significant, the similarities and differences making the story all the more fascinating."
A history of the age of revolution in the Atlantic world's three largest cities. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uneven war story that will appeal to aficionados of the Pacific theater and wartime espionage."
Bringing to light a little-known facet of the Pacific theater in World War II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Roughly 60 to 70 pages on each of the four political crises, filled with speeches, letters, editorials, polemics, debates, and legislation, may daunt some readers, but Berkin makes a reasonable case that the Founders' resolve left the U.S. a viable nation."
A historian offers a "closer look at the 1790s" designed to "remind us that nationalism and patriotism once carried more positive meanings—and give us reason to believe they can do so again." Read full book review >
THE AGE OF THE HORSE by Susanna Forrest
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"The prose sometimes plods like a Clydesdale, but overall, the narrative is quite good, making a worthy addition to the equestrian library."
An encyclopedic account of horses and those who love them, put them to work, and eat them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Fans of Kiefer Sutherland, to say nothing of the X-Files and Terry Southern, will already know some of what Graff reveals here. For the rest, it's a frightening eye-opener."
When the missiles start raining down, don't look for your senator. As this spry but sobering book reveals, government officials will already be tucked away underground, ready to legislate in the ashes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A tour de force of investigative research."
Trusted British journalists offer a treasure trove of research about the al-Qaida network, from before 9/11 to the ramifications following Osama bin Laden's takedown. 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 >