History Book Reviews (page 8)

Released: April 6, 2018

"As Cohen observes in this smart, useful account, the role of the U.S. in international affairs has been checkered, and it appears to be headed for a very bad patch indeed, given the current occupant of the White House."
Surveying American foreign policy and its discontents. Read full book review >
THE CHINESE LANGUAGE DEMYSTIFIED by James Y. Hung
Released: April 4, 2018

"An engrossing introduction to the riches of Chinese that should delight casual language mavens and more experienced speakers alike."
The world's most widely spoken language—and one of the most daunting to learn—has its idiosyncrasies dissected in this primer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Informative biographical essays of influential women."
A group biography of women who created profound cultural changes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A well-researched, wonderfully told story of two women of their times."
An in-depth dual biography of two accomplished spinsters who never met. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An exciting glimpse into a long-gone era of politics and cultural activity."
A look at a night that fused politics, art, science, and socialites in the White House. Read full book review >

INSEPARABLE by Yunte Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A vivid portrayal of the trials and triumphs of two determined men."
The fascinating story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), who became wealthy celebrities in Jacksonian America. Read full book review >
THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Thomas Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fresh and perceptive analysis of Roosevelt's contributions to literature."
The author of more than 35 books and 150,000 letters found time to be 26th president of the United States. Read full book review >
TO THE PROMISED LAND by Michael K. Honey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Less a revisionist history of King than a worthy look at a seldom-documented portion of his agenda."
A former civil rights organizer continues his studies about Martin Luther King Jr. by focusing on King's insistence that all Americans receive a living wage for their work. Read full book review >
NAPOLEON by Michael Broers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers will eagerly await the third volume."
The second of three volumes in the author's sweeping biography of the legendary general and emperor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An overly breathless yet entertaining account of a pioneering space mission that deserves to be better known."
An exuberant history of a major turning point in early American spaceflight, possibly "the riskiest and most thrilling of all the Apollo missions." Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"Just like Revolution on the Hudson, a wonderful addition to the literature on the American Revolution, full of enlightening facts and figures."
A readable history of the first battle of the American Revolution and the militiamen "who risked everything to defend their way of life and the freedom of future generations." Read full book review >
ON GRAND STRATEGY by John Lewis Gaddis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"A lively, erudite study of the past in service of the future."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian offers a capacious analysis of how leaders make strategic decisions. 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 >