History Book Reviews (page 8)

MR. AMERICA by John D. Fair
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An entertaining narrative of the bodybuilding subculture in America."
A history of the Mr. America pageant, the first major competitive bodybuilding showcase that helped popularize the sport. Read full book review >
AHA! by William B. Irvine
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Bright, absorbing look into a mystifying source of inspiration, the kind that often uncaps a wellspring of ideas and potential."
A crisply written study of how and why eureka moments can power intellectual breakthroughs. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"A formidable challenge for general readers but a must for specialists and those interested in how the past informs the present and how the present alters our understanding of the past."
A distinguished economic historian examines the remarkable parallels and the significant differences between the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Read full book review >
PAUL V. MCNUTT AND THE AGE OF FDR by Dean J. Kotlowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"No amount of scholarly work is likely to raise McNutt in the public consciousness, but it's not for want of trying in this capable, readable biography."
Sturdy biography of a political stalwart of the past, largely forgotten now. Read full book review >
COLONEL HOUSE by Charles E. Neu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A significant, brightly written American story."
An exhaustive biography of Edward M. House (1858-1938), the wealthy Texan who served as President Woodrow Wilson's chief personal adviser and envoy to Europe in World War I. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Occasionally facile but credible examination of the GOP's self-destructive Congress-centric power shift."
Political writer Schaller (Political Science/Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, 2006) examines how Republicans sacrifice presidential power for congressional clout.Read full book review >
THE WRITERS by Miranda J. Banks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"An interesting case study of the impact of evolving technologies and distribution methods on a labor union's priorities and strategies."
Well-informed survey of film and TV writers' decadeslong battle to defend their economic and creative interests. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"The real value of this work is in the recounting of the ends of two classes, the lower and the very upper."
TV producer and director Bailey (The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery, 2012) uses the downfall of the Fitzwilliam family to examine the history of the coal industry in England.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"An important—even necessary—addition to the groaning shelves of Civil War volumes."
Before and during the Civil War, both North and South lobbied hard in key European capitals to convince officials and the general population of the justness of their causes. Read full book review >
RIVER OF INK by Thomas Christensen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An uneven collection enlivened by some bright spots."
Assorted essays about people, places and ideas. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A chilling tale vividly told."
The story of the Nazis' international bank robberies. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE AGES by Johannes Fried
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A dense, often ponderous work from a deeply erudite scholar."
A revisionist study of the medieval era as representing a process of consolidation and transformation that eventually yielded the Renaissance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >