History Book Reviews (page 8)

CATTLE KINGDOM by Christopher Knowlton
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"Though without the encompassing narrative fire of a Stegner or McMurtry, a pleasing contribution to the history of the post-Civil War frontier."
History of the boom-and-bust cycles of the cattle industry in the wildest days of the Wild West. Read full book review >
AMERICA AND THE GREAT WAR by Margaret E. Wagner
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A fresh, enlightening look at American society as it reluctantly worked its way into being a world power—most valuable to historians and sociologists."
The latest installment of the Library of Congress' series of illustrated histories and timelines, this one focusing on World War I. Read full book review >

THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION by Sean McMeekin
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"McMeekin effectively shows how easily one man could undermine the foundations of a nation, and he makes the revolution comprehensible as he exposes the deviousness of its leader."
A fresh history of the revolution "as a concrete historical event—controversial and significant in its lasting impact on world politics, but also worth understanding on its own terms, unmediated by our current prejudices." Read full book review >
MY EUROPEAN FAMILY by Karin Bojs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A book to consult before swabbing, full of insight into the uses and abuses of genetics."
A science journalist searches deep for roots and finds them in the deepest helixes of her genetic code. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 2017

"Solid Western history that enhances the understanding of a tragic tale by highlighting the strong human dimension through the accounts of participants before, during, and after the expedition."
Prolific popular writer Wallis (David Crockett: Lion of the West, 2011, etc.) brings his storytelling skills to an unusual episode in American westward expansion. Read full book review >

MY LAI by Howard Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2017

"Jones succeeds on all counts in a book that, due to its subject matter, is not pleasant to read but is powerful and important."
A scrupulous history of one of the darkest moments in American military history. Read full book review >
THE GOSPEL OF SELF by Terry Heaton
NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2017

"Some intriguing, relevant 1980s history couched in too much self-flagellation and cultural criticism."
A memoir from the heyday of Christian broadcasting. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach."
A joint biography of two men who "led the way, politically and intellectually, in responding to the twin totalitarian threats of fascism and communism" in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
BERLIN CALLING by Paul Hockenos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"The author's loyalty and love for Berlin are evident and may well be contagious, but he is short on analysis and insight."
An introduction to the countercultures of Berlin. Read full book review >
PASSCHENDAELE by Nick Lloyd
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"For World War I and military scholars and historians."
A military historian re-examines "this infamous battle, considering it afresh with the accumulated knowledge of a century of scholarship." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2017

"A provocative book with many points to ponder the next time you're caught in traffic or on hold with the insurance claims department."
The modern world is dysfunctional because, in part, it is scaled for the convenience of machines and despots and not us. Read full book review >
THE POTLIKKER PAPERS by John T. Edge
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Without question, this is a book for foodies, but it is also for readers who may be indifferent to the food they consume yet care deeply about regionalism, individual health, and race relations, among other themes."
The director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi recounts the past 60 years of Southern food traditions, their effects on the South's culture, and vice versa. 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 >