History Book Reviews (page 8)

Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A book that does much to explain quirks of foreign policy, providing a military context for them—and one that makes one wonder who's really in charge."
Why have we been in Afghanistan twice as long as the Soviets? Why did Saddam Hussein reign for a dozen more years after defeat in the Persian Gulf War? This study of the clash of military and civilian cultures goes a long way toward answering such questions. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Crucial decades in the history of the ancient world vividly rendered."
Exploring the significant period from 146 to 78 B.C.E., which laid the groundwork for the violent decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Read full book review >

INSIDE CAMP DAVID by Michael  Giorgione
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An easygoing, not particularly deep visit to a place where presidents are 'more reflective, playful, and energized by the hills and forests that surround them.'"
A portrait of the Camp David retreat, from a former commanding officer of the facility. Read full book review >
IRAN by Abbas  Amanat
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A bit textbook-ish, but unquestionably comprehensive and accessible enough for dedicated general readers."
A stately, scholarly study of Iran's modern development, emphasizing themes of Iranian distinctness from Arab and Western cultures and traditions. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An exemplary contribution to the history of the Civil War and its aftermath."
The renowned historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction continues the story begun in his Bancroft Prize-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies (2003), recounting those events as they played out beyond the Blue Ridge. Read full book review >

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS by Christopher  de Hamel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history."
A palaeographer's fascinating investigation of medieval culture. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS VOLUME TWO by Simon Schama
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A fluid history lesson from an always engaging guide."
The second volume of the award-winning author and documentary producer's history of the Jews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Though firsthand, a minor addition to the literature surrounding the Manson cult."
A one-time member of the Manson family delivers a dutiful account of her part in that history of mayhem. Read full book review >
DARE NOT LINGER by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Essential to students of Mandela's political career as well as of modern African history."
A memoir of Mandela's term as president of newly democratic South Africa. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite a few minor flaws, readers will remain hooked on this compelling story and will eagerly await Dawson's next book."
Intertwining stories of two infamous killers in postwar London. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU DID NOT TELL by Mark Mazower
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A simultaneously sweeping and intimate family portrait."
A family's complicated past recounted in exacting detail. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite occasional fictional flourishes, these forgotten friendships, from illicit and scandalous to radical and inspiring, are revelations."
Rich and revealing portraits of four literary friendships. 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 >