History Book Reviews (page 8)

WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by Nicholas Reynolds
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Although Reynolds is forced to guess about much of Hemingway's secret life as a spy, his conclusions seem consistent with the well-known portrait of the novelist striving to prove his manliness and power."
A military historian uncovers evidence of Ernest Hemingway's dabbling in espionage. Read full book review >
MADAME PRESIDENT by Helene Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A brisk chronicle of a strong-willed, tireless, and determined leader."
A celebratory biography of Africa's first female president and 2011 Nobel Prize winner. Read full book review >

THE GESTAPO by Frank McDonough
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A well-researched book that clarifies many misconceptions."
A new look at Hitler's secret state police as a smaller crack force than is widely known, relying on the work of German citizen informers. Read full book review >
DADLAND by Keggie Carew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tender evocation of an extraordinary life."
As Thomas Carew lost his memory to dementia, his daughter embarked on a search to find a man she hardly knew. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >

SPINNING HISTORY by Nathaniel Lande
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Military history unfortunately propelled by the author's insistent imagery."
A journalist portrays World War II as a grand theatrical production. Read full book review >
THE WORLD REMADE by G.J. Meyer
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A refreshing look at this still-much-debated world debacle."
A sturdy one-volume study of America's role in World War I. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A scintillating foray into 'what makes something collectible, valuable, and enduring.'"
The biography of a very special stamp. Read full book review >
MARCH 1917 by Will Englund
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"An entertaining narrative of events that have received more thorough treatment elsewhere."
In his debut, Washington Post assistant foreign editor Englund takes a close look at a month "that wrenched America toward a new course." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Both neophytes and experts will find something provocative and rewarding in this unfailingly interesting treatment."
Morris (Comeback: America's New Economic Boom, 2013, etc.) revisits history's greatest economic meltdown. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An entertaining story of the irresistible cult of a creepy car."
The shadowy provenance of a wartime German limousine and the dizzying succession of owners over decades afterward. Read full book review >
WILD NIGHTS by Benjamin Reiss
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fresh approach to a familiar phenomenon."
A thorough probing into why sleep is such a problem for so many in contemporary society. 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 >