History Book Reviews (page 8)

GUMPTION by Nick Offerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A smart book of straight talk where laughter and logic meet."
An actor's comedic exploration into America's most gumption-exemplifying citizens. Read full book review >
JOAN OF ARC by Helen Castor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"An unorthodox yet erudite and elegant biography of this 'massive star.'"
A fresh attempt to put young, willful Joan the Maid squarely back at the center of the French-English drama of early- to mid-15th-century France. Read full book review >

LOST DESTINY by Alan Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Within the frame of this sad family drama, the author delivers deeply technical details of aviation and bomb-making."
A probing, technical exploration of the competition between the two eldest Kennedy brothers that probably drove Joe Jr. to volunteer for his last fatal flying mission. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"A highly readable, entertaining story offering a solid education for anyone lacking scruples and wanting to make money. Surely Bernie Madoff studied Koretz's methods."
The granddaddy of all con men, Leo Koretz (1881-1925), gives Jobb (Journalism/Univ. of King's Coll., Halifax; The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph, 2005) the opportunity to exhibit his impressive research and storytelling skills.Read full book review >
GOEBBELS by Peter Longerich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Longerich's book is overly long and even plodding, but it is essential: it paints a definitive portrait of a man whose name has become a byword for complicit evil, and deservedly so."
Thoroughly researched, massive biography of one of the chief powers behind Hitler's throne. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Well-researched, -organized, and -presented, this is a sober, balanced examination of the origins of one of the more regrettable chapters in American history."
NPR's Morning Edition co-host Inskeep (Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, 2011) returns with a review of the forces and events leading to the expulsion of the Cherokees from their ancestral homelands. Read full book review >
STALIN by Oleg V. Khlevniuk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"An ambitious yet manageable biography of Stalin, this book sheds new light on its subject for amateur historians and experts alike."
Khlevniuk (Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle, 2008, etc.) delves into the existing body of work surrounding Stalin's life and career to separate fact from fiction, and he crafts a complete picture of a complex man.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Sehat ably shows how the exploitation of the founders debases political debate and neglects policy evaluation—required reading for those desperate for sane, intelligent political arguments."
Sehat (History/Georgia State Univ.; The Myth of American Religious Freedom, 2011) indicts the political ploy of invoking the Constitution to support projects from the sublime to the absurd.Read full book review >
1920 by Eric Burns
HISTORY
Released: May 15, 2015

"In this delightfully readable book, the author expertly shows how those affected by the Great War linked together, nourished each other and really did change the world."
In a fascinating work about a remarkable year, former NBC News correspondent Burns (Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: Television's Conquest of America in the Fifties, 2010, etc.) shows us what put the roar in the Roaring '20s.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 15, 2015

"A plainspoken but urgent account that is deeply critical of Israel's policies."
As the Israeli occupation digs in, an Israeli-English journalist and academic unforgivingly delineates its long, gruesome history. Read full book review >
Courage, Compassion, Marine by Perry  Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"A classic account of service, duty, and sacrifice."
Smith's (Rules & Tools for Leaders, 2013) biography honors a decorated World War II Marine. Read full book review >
Conkers by Ken Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"A riveting story that blends World War II history and tales of growing up."
Lambert artfully converts his coming-of-age journals into a thrilling survivor's story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >