History Book Reviews (page 9)

THE ALLIES STRIKE BACK, 1941-1943 by James Holland
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Although it fills no great need, this is an expert, anecdote-filled, thoroughly entertaining if heavily British-oriented history of the war's middle years."
A thick, sturdy history of World War II, beginning in 1941, the second in the author's War in the West trilogy. Read full book review >
BALLAD OF THE ANARCHIST BANDITS by John Merriman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chilling historical evidence of the dire consequences of inequality and injustice."
While artists and writers rebelled against aesthetic conventions, anarchists terrorized pre-World War I Paris. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A vivid portrait of resistance in dark, perilous times that is not without contemporary relevance."
A history of the Italian family who mounted an intrepid campaign against Mussolini. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A lively and informative treatment in which one man's rise and fall opens a window onto a long-overlooked historical landscape in all its finely drawn detail."
How discovering the truth about her banker grandfather enabled the author to unlock much that has been forgotten about the Great Depression era. Read full book review >
SO GREAT A PRINCE by Lauren  Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The power of this book lies in Johnson's comprehensive look at the quotidian lives of English men and women. For that, it is eminently readable and interesting."
A snapshot of a significant year in British history that "stands at a crossroads between two very different kings, and between equally different worlds." Read full book review >

REVOLUTION! by Pete Ayrton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Compelling, timely extracts to spur deeper exploration."
On its 100th anniversary, a collection of brief, pointed writings from eyewitnesses to the Bolshevik Revolution. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh way to envision the Medieval era."
Overhauling the notion of the Medieval Ages as a time of zealotry and ignorance and examining the nuts and bolts of crusading. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"First-rate scholarship that pulses with the beat of a most human heart."
The remarkable story of a group of Jewish ghetto inmates who "would not let their culture be trampled upon and incinerated." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A colorful, entertaining journey with a voluble guide."
A trip to discover the "spirit and soma" of the formidable peaks. Read full book review >
KING OF SPIES by Blaine Harden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An engrossing hidden history of wartime espionage, with elements of derring-do and moral barbarity."
Fascinating account of an espionage pioneer who thrived during the Korean War and then disappeared into disgraced obscurity. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A book likely to stand at the head of further research into the problem of Native and African-American slavery in the north country."
A history of the Michigan metropolis as a center of the Northern slave trade. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Often quirky but thoughtful—solid popular science."
An enthusiastic history of mankind in which DNA plays a far greater role than the traditional "bones and stones" approach, followed by a hopeful if cautionary account of what the recent revolution in genomics foretells. 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 >