History Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Western history buffs will enjoy this entertaining but middling account, burrs under the saddle and all."
The story of an inspired stunt on the part of Buffalo Bill Cody, who organized a horse race from Nebraska to Chicago, the winner claiming his prize in the arena at Cody's Wild West Show right next door to the world-changing Columbian Exposition of 1893. Read full book review >
HERBERT HOOVER by Glen Jeansonne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A hagiographic survey of an activist president agitating on the wrong side of history. A decent resource, but readers are encouraged to also consult Charles Rappleye's Herbert Hoover in the White House (2016)."
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) as a lifelong champion of true GOP ideals. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A first-rate history filled with revealing incidents and informed analysis."
A 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge chronicles the centurieslong push/pull between the executive and the legislative branches over the conduct of America's wars. Read full book review >
THE PATH TO WAR by Michael S. Neiberg
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A valiant attempt to dispel 'America's collective amnesia over the First World War.'"
A fresh look at America's reluctance to enter World War I as a mass consensus rather than any single faulty decision by President Woodrow Wilson. Read full book review >
THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> DISUNION by Ted Widmer
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"An excellent teaching tool, perfect for libraries."
Noted academics, scholars, editors, and historians contribute to a collection of fresh, provocative essays on the Civil War, first published in digital form by the New York Times. Read full book review >

1777 by Dean Snow
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"While the narrative is initially slow, military history lovers will appreciate Snow's explanations of how battles are fought, especially regarding supply lines, geography, and leading characters."
A chronicle of 33 days in Saratoga, New York, in 1777 that turned the tide for the American Revolution. Read full book review >
THE FRAMERS' COUP by Michael Klarman
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A monumental project carried off to a high degree of excellence. Though it may be too lengthy for all but the most patient general reader, constitutional scholars will find this thorough and authoritative work indispensable reading."
A magisterial history of the creation of the United States Constitution. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A felicitous, informative story from a highly knowledgeabe author."
A study of four unconventional crusaders against America's obligatory godliness. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE by Russell L. Riley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Every chapter crackles with anecdotes and serious discussions for political junkies, including Clinton partisans and Clinton detractors."
A presidential scholar selects portions from 400 hours of conversations with insiders about the Bill Clinton White House campaign, tenure, and aftermath to present a densely informative oral history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Though written as if in a first-thought, best-thought reverie, there's useful wheat among the chaff."
This ain't your grandpa's reefer madness but instead a swirling, energetic, decidedly offbeat history of a man and a time history has largely forgotten, and not for any lack of effort of his own. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The author's research is commendable, but it swamps readers with too many details."
How an 1897 boxing match helped make cinema history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Heavy-handed enough at times to make readers wish someone out there might step up to Buchanan's defense; nonetheless, Strauss makes a firm argument for the essential doofusness of the 15th president."
An oddly entertaining study of "the first plodding-to-the-top president," a man mercifully forgotten by history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >