History Book Reviews (page 9)

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A persuasive call to rethink foreign policy and heal domestic fissures."
How tribalism causes problems at home and abroad. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Highly accessible, consistently interesting popular science writing."
An exceptionally reader-friendly introduction to human evolution. Read full book review >

SECRETS WE KEPT by Krystal A. Sital
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A powerful, disturbing narrative in which pain flows out from the page, drenching readers."
A freelance journalist (New York Times Magazine, Salon, etc.) debuts with a wrenching, deeply personal memoir about the lives of three generations of women in Trinidad and Tobago. Read full book review >
THE WATERGATE by Joseph Rodota
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A richly detailed history of a site awarded landmark status."
The story of the six-building complex of residences, offices, and hotel that has served as a Washington, D.C., power center from the time it opened in 1965. Read full book review >
WITHOUT PRECEDENT by Joel Richard Paul
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A well-informed, perceptive, and absorbing biography of a titan of American history."
A biography of the fourth and greatest chief justice of the United States. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Taut and well-crafted—of great interest to students of spydom and the early Cold War."
"Both died without making any confessions": a finely detailed study of crime and punishment in the days of the Manhattan project. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Essential for students of American slavery and antebellum history."
Eyewitness testimonies to the culture and commerce of slavery, America's original sin. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Easterbrook's assurances, however well-based, will ring hollow for many, but it's an argument worth considering."
Cheer up, world: we're killing each other less, except in our cars, and living in a boom. Thus this contrarian pep talk by longtime Atlantic contributor Easterbrook (The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
TO SHAPE A NEW WORLD by Tommie Shelby
Released: Feb. 19, 2018

"This is not a quick or easy book. It will take a great deal of thought, rereading, and reflection, but it will make readers stronger and more attuned to social issues. A good choice for any course on King and the civil rights movement."
A collection of thought-provoking essays on the different dimensions of Martin Luther King Jr.'s thought. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Nine other writers might well have selected nine different subjects, which serves as a tribute to the indomitable Irish character and the transformational possibilities of America. This is a perfect St. Patrick's Day anthology for the Irish book lover on your gift list."
Essays on "nine Irish men and women [who] not only became American but also helped make America great." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An accessible and intriguing but not groundbreaking history of the growth of Christianity."
How Christianity conquered Western civilization. Read full book review >
LEFT BANK by Agnès Poirier
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An animated, abundantly populated history of dramatic times."
A detailed chronicle of a decade alive with intellectual and political ferment. 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 >