History Book Reviews (page 8)

A RADICAL FAITH by Eileen Markey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rich details and solid storytelling convey one nun's story of her dedication to God and her fellow humans."
The biography of a Catholic nun who was murdered while trying to help those in need. Read full book review >
FINAL SOLUTION by David Cesarani
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A highly learned but problematic examination of Nazi decision-making."
In a sweeping historical reappraisal, Cesarani (Disraeli, 2016, etc.), who died in 2015, asserts that the Nazi extermination of Jews was not inevitable but rather a consequence of Germany's military losses. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A quirky but always delightful social history that will convince most readers that social revolutions have been happening for a long time."
Most observers agree that the 20th century saw dazzling changes: the automobile, airplane, atom bomb, antibiotics, computers, space travel, the internet, and hundreds of other amazing advancements. What century can match that? Every one since 1000, responds veteran British social historian Mortimer, and he makes a convincing case. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A cogently argued account that lays bare the similarities and differences between the world today and earlier theoretical shortcomings."
An economic historian challenges both politicians and economists in this account of why the post-World War II economic boom came to an end and what followed. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Not always easy reading but a book from which more than just Irish citizens can learn."
Irish history from the Irish point of view. Read full book review >

WHEN THE NEW DEAL CAME TO TOWN by George Melloan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Authors tend to want to reach the maximum number of readers; Melloan, on the other hand, seems determined to drive away anybody who might be considered a 'liberal.'"
A retired Wall Street Journal editor recalls growing up in a small Midwestern town in the 1930s and strives to show the relevance to today's economic struggles across the country. Read full book review >
JFK AND THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A fresh perspective on a president whose style, legacy, and politics continue to inspire discussions about freedom and leadership values."
A focused cultural analysis of John F. Kennedy's "manly ethos." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A winning concluding volume in a series that does for Eleanor Roosevelt what Robert Caro has done for Lyndon Johnson."
Having already devoted more than 1,200 pages to the extraordinary life of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in two previous installments, the skilled biographer offers the final volume. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A deeply informed investigation into a radically innovative poet."
The creation and influence of an iconic modernist poem. Read full book review >
CASANOVA by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Casanova's adventures include plenty of juicy details, and Bergreen weaves in just enough to prove his reputation. His travels during one of history's most exciting periods will be great fun for any history lover."
Bergreen (Columbus: The Four Voyages, 2011, etc.) applies his historical storytelling skills to the famous Venetian lover, introducing his intellectual side. Read full book review >
BULLETINS FROM DALLAS by Bill Sanderson
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"More interesting than Smith himself is the author's portrayal of the news business in the 1950s and '60s."
The life and work of a noted White House reporter. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched, comprehensive look at the Civil War regiments who took the first step in the struggle to make their countrymen see them as intelligent, capable men."
The story of the black men, slaves and free, of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry, some of the greatest fighters of the Civil War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >