History Book Reviews (page 7)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An entertaining history that could have more potently exemplified power and oppression in turn-of-the-century America."
How scandals undermined the success of a world's fair that ushered in a new century. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Despite the gossipy bits, the research is impressive, and Sebba offers balance to the plethora of war histories featuring the roles of men. The book has ample material for lively discussion in women's studies classes."
An extensively researched cultural history of Paris from 1939 to 1949, covering events leading to the fall of Paris, its occupation by the Nazis, and the early postwar years. Read full book review >

LOVE FOR SALE by David Hajdu
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A highly learned pleasure for music and pop-culture buffs."
Strolling through the archives of pop music history with an experienced guide. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON by Shaun Assael
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Assael offers a good starting point for another book to build on his revelations."
ESPN investigative reporter Assael (Steroid Nation, 2007, etc.) builds a strong case that the boxer was murdered, but why and by whom remains a mystery. Read full book review >
CITY OF DREAMS by Tyler Anbinder
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An endlessly fascinating kaleidoscope of American history. A fantastic historical resource."
From the Dutch to the British, featuring a concentration on the waves of Irish and German in the late 19th century, this thoroughgoing work offers a host of immigrant sagas that were integral to the creation of the New York City cauldron. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A gripping page-turner that thrills like fiction."
The story of desperate East Germans crossing over, digging under, and crashing through the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Kaag's lively prose, acute self-examination, unfolding romance, and instructive history of philosophy as a discipline make for a surprisingly absorbing book."
A compelling hybrid combining memoir, a dramatic narrative about saving an endangered rare book collection, and the intellectual history of philosophy. Read full book review >
THE GENERAL VS. THE PRESIDENT by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis."
Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A fine new account of an unnecessary crisis that 'scattered dragon's teeth on all-too-fertile soil,' which 'would bear gruesome fruit for decades.'"
A tale of political bungling with tragic consequences on two continents. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"There's a vacancy in the Graveyard Apartment. Just not the one the author intended."
A too-good-to-be-true apartment turns out to be exactly that for a young Japanese family in this supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
SPIES IN PALESTINE by James Srodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Srodes establishes Sarah's bravery, but she remains a mysterious presence, overshadowed by her brother."
A brief history of Jewish spies aiding the British in Palestine. Read full book review >
CALIPHATE by Hugh Kennedy
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers."
A mostly nonpolemical survey of the history of caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >