History Book Reviews (page 9)

Released: July 4, 2017

"A treasure vault for vexillologists, full of meaning beyond the hue and thread of the world's banners."
Of flags grand and old, black and blue, marking us and them and giving us all the license we need to kill. Read full book review >
DRAW YOUR WEAPONS by Sarah Sentilles
Released: July 4, 2017

"The collage effect does not always serve the narrative well, but Sentilles offers plenty of facts and stories worth reading."
A sometimes-scattered though always lyrical meditation on art and artists as witnesses to war, terror, and other dark hallmarks of our time. Read full book review >

Released: July 4, 2017

"Timelines of pivotal events help punctuate the narrative structure of this history-in-brief, an engaging, admirably thorough introduction for new readers of history with short attention spans."
A 272-page "back story to the chronicle of humanity." Read full book review >
VICE CAPADES by Mark Stein
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2017

"Witty and opinionated insight on how 'bad' behavior can morph into, out of, and back into favor over the course of time."
How and why the tolerances for debauchery have changed over the course of time. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Heinz  Schilling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"An academic achievement with limited appeal for the nonscholarly audience."
A comprehensive biography of the famed reformer. Read full book review >

OPERATION YELLOW STAR / BLACK THURSDAY by Maurice  Rajsfus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A heartfelt, timely plea to remember past atrocities."
An unsparing indictment of Paris police during the Nazi occupation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"An overlong but well-researched history that shows how the War of 1812 created America's final separation from England."
Randall (Emeritus, History/Champlain Coll.; Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 2014, etc.) elaborates on the war that shouldn't have been fought and that no one won or lost. Read full book review >
DRUNKS by Christopher M. Finan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy treatment of recovery movements in American history, unsung heroes and all."
An appropriately harrowing account of booze and its discontents. Read full book review >
CHIEF ENGINEER by Erica Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A sturdy, illuminating biography."
A biography of the man who helped design and build one of the most iconic bridges in America. Read full book review >
HERETICS! by Steven Nadler
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"So much changed in such a short period of time, as illustrated by this effective graphic encapsulation."
From Copernicus and Galileo through Newton and Voltaire, this graphic history explores a century of philosophical awakening that put the world of thought on a brand new orbit. Read full book review >
THE VOICE OF AMERICA by Mitchell Stephens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"An entertaining look at a unique journalist."
The first biography of a largely forgotten journalist, documentary producer, and groundbreaking radio newscaster. Read full book review >
BE FREE OR DIE by Cate Lineberry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A worthwhile Civil War biography cogently presented and ready for the big screen."
An audacious paragon of the Civil War, now largely forgotten, is brought back to life, and his rags-to-riches adventure is certainly worth the revisit. 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 >