History Book Reviews (page 8)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Roughly 60 to 70 pages on each of the four political crises, filled with speeches, letters, editorials, polemics, debates, and legislation, may daunt some readers, but Berkin makes a reasonable case that the Founders' resolve left the U.S. a viable nation."
A historian offers a "closer look at the 1790s" designed to "remind us that nationalism and patriotism once carried more positive meanings—and give us reason to believe they can do so again." Read full book review >
THE AGE OF THE HORSE by Susanna Forrest
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"The prose sometimes plods like a Clydesdale, but overall, the narrative is quite good, making a worthy addition to the equestrian library."
An encyclopedic account of horses and those who love them, put them to work, and eat them. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Fans of Kiefer Sutherland, to say nothing of the X-Files and Terry Southern, will already know some of what Graff reveals here. For the rest, it's a frightening eye-opener."
When the missiles start raining down, don't look for your senator. As this spry but sobering book reveals, government officials will already be tucked away underground, ready to legislate in the ashes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A tour de force of investigative research."
Trusted British journalists offer a treasure trove of research about the al-Qaida network, from before 9/11 to the ramifications following Osama bin Laden's takedown. Read full book review >
JFK by Stephen Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Amid the stream of JFK books to be released for the centennial, this work should emerge as one of the most complete and useful."
Smith (Sloan School of Management/MIT), John F. Kennedy's nephew, and Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, 2016, etc.) assemble a large collection of material by and about the late president. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Kalman presents an accessible, lucid brief on how our Supreme Court appointment system became the mess that it is."
A historically driven explanation for how the Supreme Court appointment process got to be where it is today. Read full book review >
A MAN AND HIS PRESIDENTS by Alvin S. Felzenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A well-delineated portrait of an impassioned conservative."
An admiring look at the career of William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), public contrarian. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely story of fragmentation and division and of picking one's way through the minefield that was—and is—the racially riven South."
"The only thing I felt certain about was how little progress I was making in understanding my grandfather"—a searching quest for roots in the African-American heartland. Read full book review >
SCANDINAVIANS by Robert Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A delightful history in which the author truly captures 'the soul of the North.'"
An eye-opening history of a region and culture "vibrant with people, noise, chance, life." Read full book review >
TOUGH SELL by Tom Basile
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"An engrossing account of the author's own experiences written to justify questionable foreign policy that many readers will question."
A controversial defense of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq that overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Feel-good histories of World War II have fallen out of fashion, but Britain's sole stand against Hitler remains inspiring. Despite the title, the occupied nations that she sheltered did not 'turn the tide,' but Olson delivers an engrossing, sometimes-disturbing account of their energetic efforts."
A "rich, intensely human story" of European cooperation during World War II. Read full book review >
SO HIGH A BLOOD by Morgan Ring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A wealth of correspondence and a strong knowledge of the period combine in a capable book showing life at these strange medieval courts."
An introduction to one of the Tudor family's least-known women. 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 >