History Book Reviews (page 7)

RICHARD III by Chris Skidmore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"One of the least biased accounts of Richard III; the author acknowledges his subject's faults without justifying them."
A new biography of the alternately reviled and beloved king and his times. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A detailed yet hardly groundbreaking rendering of a significant moment in political history."
A focused history of the period between Election Day 1960 and Inauguration Day 1961. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2018

"An edifying history that, given America's current global diplomatic stance, is also timely and hopefully instructive to those faced with similarly dire circumstances."
For 13 days in October 1962, during the hottest part of the Cold War, the fate of humanity was at stake. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A must-have for fans of ancient reptiles and their lost world."
A nimble introduction to the world of dinosaurs, those supposed "dead ends in the history of life." Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S EMBROIDERER by Joan DeJean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Of interest for students of French history or the history of finance, if they can tie it all together."
The tale of two 17th- and 18th-century French families, a story that begins as a fairy tale and ends as a nightmare. Read full book review >

THE BLACK PRINCE by Michael Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times."
Jones (Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England, 2015, etc.) brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Read full book review >
WORLD WAR II AT SEA by Craig L. Symonds
Released: May 1, 2018

"No revisionist but a solid storyteller and naval scholar, Symonds mixes politics, strategy, sea battle fireworks, technical details, and personal anecdotes to deliver one of the better single-volume histories of the naval portion of WWII."
A veteran maritime historian delivers a satisfying one-volume history of "the impact of sea services from all nations on the overall trajectory and even the outcome" of World War II. Read full book review >
BIBI by Anshel Pfeffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A perceptive history of a beleaguered nation and one deeply flawed leader."
An unsparing examination of the Israeli prime minister's rise to power. Read full book review >
ATLAS OF A LOST WORLD by Craig Childs
Released: May 1, 2018

"A tight weave of professional findings, anecdotes, site visits, and explanations behind ancient artifacts make this book both engaging and indispensable for those with an interest in prehistory."
Scenarios of glacial and postglacial environments in the Americas. Read full book review >
A WORLD TO WIN by Sven-Eric Liedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Outstanding. Not the book for a budding Marxist to start with, but certainly one to turn to for reference and deeper insight."
Readers of all nations, get to work: Swedish scholar Liedman (Emeritus, History of Ideas/Univ. of Gothenburg) turns in a study worthy of Isaiah Berlin of communism's most influential theoretician. Read full book review >
RETHINKING AMERICA by John M. Murrin
Released: May 1, 2018

"Writing primarily for other historians, Murrin provides some interesting insights but on topics too narrow to be of much interest to general readers."
Murrin (Emeritus, History/Princeton Univ.; co-author: Liberty, Equality, Power, 1995) presents 11 previously published essays on the period just before and after the American Revolution. Read full book review >
A SPY NAMED ORPHAN by Roland Philipps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A solid if sometimes plodding account, of much interest to students of espionage and counterintelligence."
A tale of the tangled web spun by a Briton who spied for the Soviet Union and ended his days in Moscow exile. 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 >