History Book Reviews (page 8)

ASTRAL WEEKS by Ryan H. Walsh
Released: March 6, 2018

"A patchy work of pop history that tells more than it shows."
A chaotic cultural chronicle of a great city during a pivotal year. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Readers with an interest in Russian cultural history and urban history will find much of value in these pages."
"Peter's dream capital was majestic but crumbling, even as it was built": an expansive portrait of the calamity-laden urban center of European Russia. Read full book review >

Released: March 6, 2018

"Cogent, authoritative essays offer insights on eight fraught years."
Historians ring in on Barack Obama's achievements, failures, and legacy. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF ISRAEL by Michael Brenner
Released: March 6, 2018

"A lucid, valuable text about a homeland that may not yet be a light unto the nations but is surely unique."
The story of a unique nation as it grew from a dream to a world presence. Read full book review >
BROAD BAND by Claire L. Evans
Released: March 6, 2018

"An edifying and entertaining history of the rise of the computer age and the women who made it possible. A good choice for fans of Hidden Figures."
A history of the major role women played in creating the internet and the computer industry. Read full book review >

Released: March 6, 2018

"Anyone who loves English royal history will enjoy this new take on a personality surprisingly little mentioned in the history books."
Just when you thought there was nothing new to learn about Elizabethan England, Tallis (Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, 2016) tells the compelling story of Lettice Knollys (1543-1634), who was close to the queen for years but eventually became her rival. Read full book review >
THE REST OF IT by Martin Duberman
Released: March 6, 2018

"A fascinating look into a significant period in the life of a much-loved literary figure."
A new work of nonfiction by a leading force of gay rights activism. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A fascinating, little-known history on the evolution of an iconic city whose destiny was forever altered by a group of concerned celebrities."
A focused overview of the people and events that shaped Beverly Hills. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2018

"Provocative reading: ammunition for pundits and food for thought for anyone with an interest in political trends."
The populists are on a rampage, and democratic institutions are in the way. Who will prevail? Read full book review >
A LAB OF ONE'S OWN by Patricia Fara
Released: March 1, 2018

"A densely written, well-documented history of the British experience that will resonate with American women as well."
A scholarly study of the role of suffragists in the years leading up to World War I, of women scientists during the war, and of the kind of discrimination they still face today. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2018

"Expressive, intimate snapshots of one woman's life set atop the backdrop of global history."
Historical events and personal family stories entwined in essays. Read full book review >
RENOIR'S DANCER by Catherine Hewitt
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A well-researched tribute to and resurrection of a master of fin de siècle art."
Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) may not be a name most people mention when they discuss great artists. This biography should change that. 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 >