History Book Reviews (page 8)

PAUL V. MCNUTT AND THE AGE OF FDR by Dean J. Kotlowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"No amount of scholarly work is likely to raise McNutt in the public consciousness, but it's not for want of trying in this capable, readable biography."
Sturdy biography of a political stalwart of the past, largely forgotten now. Read full book review >
COLONEL HOUSE by Charles E. Neu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A significant, brightly written American story."
An exhaustive biography of Edward M. House (1858-1938), the wealthy Texan who served as President Woodrow Wilson's chief personal adviser and envoy to Europe in World War I. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Occasionally facile but credible examination of the GOP's self-destructive Congress-centric power shift."
Political writer Schaller (Political Science/Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, 2006) examines how Republicans sacrifice presidential power for congressional clout.Read full book review >
THE WRITERS by Miranda J. Banks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"An interesting case study of the impact of evolving technologies and distribution methods on a labor union's priorities and strategies."
Well-informed survey of film and TV writers' decadeslong battle to defend their economic and creative interests. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"The real value of this work is in the recounting of the ends of two classes, the lower and the very upper."
TV producer and director Bailey (The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery, 2012) uses the downfall of the Fitzwilliam family to examine the history of the coal industry in England.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"An important—even necessary—addition to the groaning shelves of Civil War volumes."
Before and during the Civil War, both North and South lobbied hard in key European capitals to convince officials and the general population of the justness of their causes. Read full book review >
RIVER OF INK by Thomas Christensen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An uneven collection enlivened by some bright spots."
Assorted essays about people, places and ideas. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A chilling tale vividly told."
The story of the Nazis' international bank robberies. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE AGES by Johannes Fried
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A dense, often ponderous work from a deeply erudite scholar."
A revisionist study of the medieval era as representing a process of consolidation and transformation that eventually yielded the Renaissance. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S POLITICAL THOUGHT by George Kateb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An erudite work that gently unravels the great man's distortions and political expediency. Though it may prove recondite for a general audience, the book is compelling throughout."
A sincere attempt to make peace with Abraham Lincoln's written political thought leads the distinguished Princeton academic into reflective, occasionally troubled waters. Read full book review >
JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
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Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"An often engaging book that shows readers the beginnings of the great voyages and the ancient symbols of seafaring communication."
An informed, freethinking re-creation of ancient trade routes, rooted in research and serious fieldwork. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >