History Book Reviews (page 7)

DISAPPOINTMENT RIVER by Brian Castner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A vital addition to the library of the far north and of exploration."
"Fierce winter never relented": searching for a little-known explorer who left his name on many places, themselves little known, in the Canadian Arctic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A fascinating look at the adventures of remarkably resilient men, so well-related as to make you feel the chill."
Pulitzer Prize winner Larson (History and Law/Pepperdine Univ.; The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, 2014, etc.) records the three most important expeditions during a highly significant year in polar exploration. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN'S HOUR by Elaine Weiss
Released: March 6, 2018

"Although the outcome of the Tennessee drama is obvious—after all, we all know the amendment was ratified—Weiss expertly builds the suspense, and the closeness of the eventual vote by the Tennessee legislature adds to the drama."
A history of the political battle in Tennessee in 1920 over the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Dictators have never looked so educated."
A singular look at how dictators have gained control through literature. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY MEDICI by Mary Hollingsworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence."
A fascinating warts-and-all history of the rise and fall of the Medici. Read full book review >

Released: March 6, 2018

"Well-rendered popular American history that also speaks to present-day issues."
An eerily timely account of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission. Read full book review >
ASTRAL WEEKS by Ryan H. Walsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A patchy work of pop history that tells more than it shows."
A chaotic cultural chronicle of a great city during a pivotal year. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Readers with an interest in Russian cultural history and urban history will find much of value in these pages."
"Peter's dream capital was majestic but crumbling, even as it was built": an expansive portrait of the calamity-laden urban center of European Russia. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENCY OF BARACK OBAMA by Julian E. Zelizer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2018

"Cogent, authoritative essays offer insights on eight fraught years."
Historians ring in on Barack Obama's achievements, failures, and legacy. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF ISRAEL by Michael Brenner
Released: March 6, 2018

"A lucid, valuable text about a homeland that may not yet be a light unto the nations but is surely unique."
The story of a unique nation as it grew from a dream to a world presence. Read full book review >
BROAD BAND by Claire L. Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"An edifying and entertaining history of the rise of the computer age and the women who made it possible. A good choice for fans of Hidden Figures."
A history of the major role women played in creating the internet and the computer industry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Anyone who loves English royal history will enjoy this new take on a personality surprisingly little mentioned in the history books."
Just when you thought there was nothing new to learn about Elizabethan England, Tallis (Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, 2016) tells the compelling story of Lettice Knollys (1543-1634), who was close to the queen for years but eventually became her rival. 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 >