History Book Reviews (page 8)

THE RAPE OF EUROPA by Charles FitzRoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Some will prefer more about Titian's work, as this book has too much extraneous information, but it should broaden readers' knowledge of the many other worlds that surround the history of art."
Trailing the provenance of Titian's greatest work, Fine Art Travel tour leader FitzRoy (The Sultan's Istanbul on 5 Kurush a Day, 2013, etc.) includes short histories of Europe's great powers and lessons in art and art history. Read full book review >
Martial Bliss. by Margaretta Barton Colt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2015

"An engrossing, delightful descent into a life of books."
Colt (Defend The Valley, 1994) tells the story of a Manhattan-based mom-and-pop military bookstore in this memoir.Read full book review >

PIRATE HUNTERS by Robert Kurson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"An enjoyable read, especially if you've got a thing for pirates."
A look inside the world of professional treasure hunters, focused on the search for a sunken pirate ship. Read full book review >
THE COST OF COURAGE by Charles Kaiser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"At once heroic and heartbreaking, this story leaves an indelible mark."
A former reporter and award-winning author rescues the almost unbelievable account of one family's experience in Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >
BEING NIXON by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Even allowing for a little politicking, this is one of the better books on Nixon in the recent crop, worth reading alongside Rick Perlstein's decidedly less sympathetic Nixonland (2008) and Tim Weiner's One Man Against the World (2015)."
A sympathetic—unusually so—portrait of the disgraced president by accomplished biographer and historian Thomas (Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

IRREPRESSIBLE by Emily Bingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Deeply researched, Bingham's engrossing biography brings her glamorous, tormented ancestor vividly to life."
A colorful portrait of a daring woman. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE AND THE COUNTESS by Chris Laoutaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"Intrepid research translates into a sometimes-intriguing narrative stuffed with mystifying detail."
The dense story of the 1596 endeavor by a powerful, litigious countess to block the opening of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre in London. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"An elegant, pleasantly obsessive study of a 'life of tolerance, humour, serenity and untiring curiosity.'"
A biography of the peerless 17th-century English writer and scientist that finds new relevance in his deeply observant, encyclopedic writings about man and nature. Read full book review >
HUMANKIND by Alexander Harcourt
HISTORY
Released: June 15, 2015

"Homogenization is inevitable, but we are an extraordinarily varied species today, and Harcourt delivers an opinionated but always science-based account of how we got that way."
In his previous book, Harcourt (Emeritus, Anthropology/Univ. of California, Davis) wrote a definitive text on his specialty: Human Biogeography (2012). This book, directed at a popular audience, is a dense and often politically incorrect but lucid summary of everything you would want to know about human diversity.Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT'S FURIES by Nisid Hajari
HISTORY
Released: June 9, 2015

"A carefully restrained and delineated account makes for chilling reading."
This evenhanded history of the appalling slaughter at the India-Pakistan Partition of 1947 puts the blame squarely on the incendiary rhetoric of the two opposing leaders. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A lively, vigorously written biography of a singular character that beckons readers urgently back to Sackville-West's writing."
A passionately delineated portrait of the savage writer, fiercely private lover of women, and eccentric denizen of Sissinghurst. Read full book review >
DON’T TRUST, DON’T FEAR, DON’T BEG by Ben Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An uneven account of an intriguing environmental story."
A detailed account of a headline-making Arctic oil protest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >