History Book Reviews (page 9)

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Long, leisurely, and vastly entertaining."
The story of a 1913 Arctic expedition to investigate what the New York Tribune called "the last considerable mass of unknown land on our planet." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A well-written, mostly engrossing tale of thwarted amateur treason underscoring the disturbing vulnerability of today's intelligence systems."
The account of an eccentric would-be traitor who executed a large-scale heist of American military secrets. Read full book review >

WHEN CHURCHILL SLAUGHTERED SHEEP AND STALIN ROBBED A BANK by Giles Milton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Perfect for bathroom reading or a doctor's waiting room."
The British journalist continues to collect little-known events and factoids from history. Read full book review >
THE SWAMP FOX by John Oller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched biography, if a tad tendentious."
An admiring biography of Francis Marion (1732-1795), a military hero of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A few notable naval battles changed the course of wars, even history, but the clash at Hampton Roads transformed the nature of warfare itself and offered a glimpse of the 'grim modernity' Snow vividly captures."
The former editor-in-chief of American Heritage revisits an epochal battle in naval history. Read full book review >

Focus on Vietnam by Steven Burchik
author-photographer Steven Burchik
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Mostly peaceful snapshots of a war in progress in the 1960s."
A Vietnam veteran shares his store of images. Read full book review >
100 REASONS SHAKE-SPEARE WAS THE EARL OF OXFORD by Hank Whittemore
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"An engrossing and thoughtful literary examination."
A book offers an energetic defense of the Earl of Oxford theory regarding the authorship of the plays of William Shakespeare. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intermittently engaging biography of a logistics genius whose behind-the-scenes influence did as much to win the war as that of most military commanders."
A journalist documents the achievements of an unsung Union hero of the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE NINE OF US by Jean Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"As the family photos illustrating this memoir attest, for Smith, all was sunshine, smiles, and elegance."
Fond memories from the last surviving child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Read full book review >
LUCKY 666 by Bob Drury
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Overly sentimental writing may test some readers, but the authors deliver a great war story."
A breathless history of World War II heroism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A useful one-volume history refreshingly without many bones to pick but also without much fire."
A sturdy overview of the Indian Wars. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intriguing, eye-opening spiritual biography."
Even history's most famous conqueror had a soft side. 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 >