History Book Reviews (page 8)

THE STORY OF THE JEWS VOLUME TWO by Simon Schama
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A fluid history lesson from an always engaging guide."
The second volume of the award-winning author and documentary producer's history of the Jews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Though firsthand, a minor addition to the literature surrounding the Manson cult."
A one-time member of the Manson family delivers a dutiful account of her part in that history of mayhem. Read full book review >

DARE NOT LINGER by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Essential to students of Mandela's political career as well as of modern African history."
A memoir of Mandela's term as president of newly democratic South Africa. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite a few minor flaws, readers will remain hooked on this compelling story and will eagerly await Dawson's next book."
Intertwining stories of two infamous killers in postwar London. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU DID NOT TELL by Mark Mazower
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A simultaneously sweeping and intimate family portrait."
A family's complicated past recounted in exacting detail. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite occasional fictional flourishes, these forgotten friendships, from illicit and scandalous to radical and inspiring, are revelations."
Rich and revealing portraits of four literary friendships. Read full book review >
SUZANNE'S CHILDREN by Anne Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A page-turning account of the courageous actions of a woman recognized in 1985 by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations."
Resurrected from obscurity, the life of a remarkable Brussels-born woman who used her prominent status in Nazi-occupied Paris to shelter orphaned Jewish children. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. Read full book review >
LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes."
A majestic biography of "history's most creative genius." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An ingenious, always provocative analysis of history's most lethal war."
Not just another account of World War II, but a thoughtful overview of the battles that were "emblematic of the larger themes of how the respective belligerents made wise and foolish choices about why, how, and where to fight the war." Read full book review >
SCHLESINGER by Richard Aldous
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A solid, well-researched life of one of America's 'finest narrative historians.'"
An admiring portrait of a historian who made history. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. 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 >