History Book Reviews (page 8)

HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2016

"Though long, Kloppenberg's account is not exhaustive, and there is plenty of room for interpretation and annotation. A book to read, profitably, alongside Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies."
An original discussion of how the idea of democracy took root and has been transformed in the West. Read full book review >
LOUIS D. BRANDEIS by Jeffrey Rosen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A tightly written, tightly reasoned biography aimed at readers who are not legal scholars."
In the latest installment of the publisher's Jewish Lives series, a legal scholar examines the career of Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941), "the most important American critic of what he called ‘the curse of bigness' in government and business since Thomas Jefferson." Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2016

"First-rate reporting and a seminar in how to employ context in investigative and historical journalism."
A veteran journalist uses a variety of lenses to illuminate the dark story of the Black Legion, an association of murderous (white) domestic terrorists who briefly thrived in the upper Midwest. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2016

"An accessible academic analysis of the progression of American children's lives since 1800."
A comprehensive investigation of how Americans have raised their children in the past two centuries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A tedious trek through a footnote to history, with very little bearing on contemporary homeland security concerns."
Two New Deal giants clash over the purpose of civil defense at the outset of World War II. Read full book review >

LUCIE AUBRAC by Siân Rees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A refreshing addition to World War II literature."
This biography illuminates for an English-speaking audience the lives of Lucie and Raymond Aubrac, heroes of the French Resistance of World War II. Read full book review >
DODGERLAND by Michael Fallon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2016

"Not a conventional championship-season kind of treatment but a thoughtful, comprehensive, and even deeply personal account of a boisterous era whose echoes remain loud, even painful."
The late-1970s Los Angeles Dodgers are a not-so-distant window through which we can view American culture, then and now. Read full book review >
MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING by William N. Goetzmann
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 2016

"For the numerate and fiscally wonky, an accessible survey that does a fine job of reallocating past, present, and future."
A financial economist's view of credit, investment, speculation, and other matters of the pocketbook. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2016

"Anyone who's longed to visit Lascaux or the caves of Cantabria will be eager to read von Petzinger's admirable efforts at cracking the code."
A young scholar brings fresh eyes and fascinating theses to the study of ancient rock art. Read full book review >
WHITE RAGE by Carol Anderson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 31, 2016

"A book that provides necessary perspective on the racial conflagrations in the U.S."
A close reading of America's racial chasm. Read full book review >
Ramadi Declassified by Tony Deane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2016

"A detailed, compelling account of a little-known chapter in the Iraq War."
In this modern war memoir, a retired Army colonel recounts his experiences working to suppress terrorism in a strategic Iraqi city. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A readable popular history told largely through the actions of swashbuckling tycoons."
A biography of two unlikely oilmen from outside the United States who broke the global domination of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >