History Book Reviews (page 8)

SOMETIMES AN ART by Bernard Bailyn
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"Informing all of these graceful, authoritative essays is the mind of a humanist whose project is to reanimate 'a hitherto unglimpsed world.'"
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian considers the "unsuspected complexities" of recovering the past. Read full book review >
THE ITALIANS by John Hooper
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people."
A compact but comprehensive study of the people of Italy. Read full book review >

ONE NATION, UNDER GODS by Peter Manseau
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An eye-opener. After reading Manseau, readers will see the influences he writes about not only dot, but shape, the landscape."
Smithsonian fellow Manseau (Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead, 2009, etc.) unspools a web of gods who have had an impact on the development of the United States.Read full book review >
THE STRATEGIST by Bartholomew Sparrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Dry and factually overwhelming, the book will appeal to hard-core military historians and politicos."
Old-school conservative military adviser Brent Scowcroft (b. 1925) receives a discursive biographical treatment. Read full book review >
THE YOUNG T.E. LAWRENCE by Anthony Sattin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A masterful account of the beginnings of a unique man."
Sattin (The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery, and the Search for Timbuktu, 2004, etc.) details the early years of the man who loved the Arabian people and determined to free them from Turkish rule.Read full book review >

MARCHING HOME by Brian Matthew Jordan
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A useful history of how 'the terror of this unprecedented war long outlived the stacking of arms at Appomattox.'"
This Civil War history begins where most end, showing what happened to the men who fought to preserve the Union. Read full book review >
VIVID FACES by R.F. Foster
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"Readable and provocative. Students of contemporary Irish history have few better guides than the sometimes-dyspeptic but refreshingly agenda-less Foster."
A bracing study of the rebels who secured Ireland's freedom from Britain nearly a century ago. Read full book review >
IN THESE TIMES by Jenny Uglow
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A vivid portrait of citizens who gave priority to day-to-day lives but rarely forgot they were engaged in the greatest war in history."
A fascinating account of how Britons lived through a generation of war. Read full book review >
A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A moving family history researched with dedication and completed with a granddaughter's love."
Unearthing her grandparents' mysterious 50-year estrangement forms the foundation for translator and editor Mouillot's memoir. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Based in part on interviews with camp survivors, Russell documents in chilling detail a shocking story of national betrayal."
Texas Monthly contributing editor Russell (Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson, 1999, etc.) recounts a dark episode in America's past in this engrossing history of the forced detention of thousands of civilians in internment camps during World War II.Read full book review >
KILLERS OF THE KING by Charles Spencer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A gripping account of the aftermath of Britain's revolution, during which both sides fought for justice and Christianity and behaved despicably."
C.V. Wedgwood's masterwork told this story in three volumes, but Britain's Charles I (1600-1649) loses his head on Page 55 of this fascinating, one-volume account in which British historian Spencer (Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier, 2008, etc.) describes what happened afterward.Read full book review >
CHASING THE SCREAM by Johann Hari
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies."
Award-winning journalist Hari's multistrand examination of the war on drugs, spanning 100 years from inception to the present day. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >