History Book Reviews (page 9)

SUDDEN JUSTICE by Chris Woods
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 2015

"A cleareyed and chilling account of warfare's present and future."
Detailed history of the armed drone's prominence in the war on terror, focused on the controversial tactic of targeted assassination. Read full book review >
DARJEELING by Jeff Koehler
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 12, 2015

"A thorough account that tracks the growing and processing of this fine tea against the wider changes in today's India."
From seed to auction, a detailed look at the growing, selling and drinking of India's "champagne of tea." Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lively and revealing discussion of a battle that seems likely to continue as long as English is spoken."
Since Colonial times, Americans have taken grammar as a touchstone of social and educational status. Linguist and former librarian Ostler (Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans, and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of American Politics, 2011, etc.) provides a history of the struggles over our language.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"The fascinating story of a figure who deserves to be much better known."
Seyler (Emerita, English/Northern Virginia Community Coll.) delivers a biography of William Bankes (1786-1855), one of the first Europeans to document the ruins of ancient Egypt. Read full book review >
UNIVERSAL MAN by Richard Davenport-Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An admiring and nuanced book filled with insights into this scholar and man of action in all his complexity."
An unconventional biography of the brilliant economist who shaped British public life in the 20th century. Read full book review >

WATERLOO by Paul O'Keeffe
HISTORY
Released: May 12, 2015

"O'Keeffe offers no revelations for Waterloo buffs, but his book is a highly readable, richly anecdotal retelling of the battle's devastating results."
The story of the physical aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, where 200,000 men fought intensely for 10 hours on a bloody battlefield of 5 square miles, leaving more than 40,000 bodies piled in heaps and forcing Napoleon's abdication as emperor of France. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 12, 2015

"An inspiring illumination of a hero who deserves recognition."
Ureneck (Journalism/Boston Univ.; Cabin: Two Brothers, a Dream and Five Acres in Maine, 2011, etc.) brings to light the miracles of a little-known hero.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A methodical opus comprising intensive memoir and inquisitive investigation."
An exacting inquiry into Shakespeare's First Folio and the art of extreme book collecting, demonstrated by the life of a pathological bibliophile. Read full book review >
FREEDOM OF SPEECH by David K. Shipler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Good stories, great interviews, and a potent plea on behalf of vigilant listening."
A Pulitzer Prize winner surveys the American cultural and political landscape and asks if "the freedom to hear" remains intact. Read full book review >
THE DAEMON KNOWS by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"As always, Bloom conveys the intimate, urgent, compelling sense of why it matters that we read these canonical authors."
Elegiac, gracious literary ponderings that group and compare 12 giants of American literature. Read full book review >
BOURBON EMPIRE by Reid Mitenbuler
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 12, 2015

"An illuminating, well-paced narrative that will interest students and imbibers of the wee drap, American-style."
"America was astonishingly drunk." So concluded just about every visitor to these shores in the early days of the republic. Read full book review >
33 DAYS by Léon Werth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An invaluable document of history as well as a riveting literary narrative, spirited out of France by Saint-Exupéry yet somehow 'lost.'"
An extraordinary account of a French couple's fleeing of Paris just in front of the Germans in June 1940, followed by a despairing stint among some eagerly appeasing villagers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >