History Book Reviews (page 9)

LUSITANIA by Greg King
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Those who relish tales of the rich and famous will appreciate this book, but the real joy is in the authors' detective work and attention to detail."
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, King and Wilson (The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World's Greatest Royal Mystery, 2010) dig for clues to unanswered questions.Read full book review >
ANONYMOUS SOLDIERS by Bruce Hoffman
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"An authoritative, sweeping, important history that shows how terrorism 'is neither irrational nor desperate but instead entirely rational and often carefully calculated and choreographed.'"
How Jewish terrorists defeated British rule. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A harrowing—and, in this era of drones, absolutely pertinent—look at the rapacious reaches of man's murderous imagination."
A British historian of considerable breadth and accomplishment, Preston (The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842, 2012, etc.) focuses on three wartime innovations that elevated to new heights mankind's ability to slaughter itself: submarines, zeppelins and poison gas.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A seasoned historian weaves a heartwarming story."
The less-heralded precursor to the Berlin Airlift receives a lively treatment from a popular historian. Read full book review >
MOURNING LINCOLN by Martha Hodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A layered, nuanced work demonstrating the mingling of 'the cataclysmic with the routine.'"
Universal responses to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln—black and white, North and South, incredulous, gleeful or vengeful—make for grim yet engrossing reading. Read full book review >

THE LONGEST AUGUST by Dilip Hiro
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Though dense and occasionally arid, a highly useful reference for those seeking to understand the geopolitics of a region often in the news for outbreaks of violence."
An explanation of the intractable enmity of two South Asian peoples and nations. Read full book review >
AXIOM by William Fleck
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"An obscure tour of facts and conjecture related to the pyramids at Giza."
One man's wide-ranging approach to the mysteries of the pyramids. Read full book review >
WOMEN AFTER ALL by Melvin Konner
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"Insightful and bound to spark controversy."
Konner (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology/Emory Univ.; The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind, 2010, etc.) examines why he believes women are superior to men "in most ways that will matter in the future."Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"Although the diction (and thus the going) is sometimes a bit dense, the author successfully illuminates the political ideas that still perplex and divide us."
The political ideas of the ancients still endure—and still propel us into debate and even more vigorous conflict. Read full book review >
EYE ON THE STRUGGLE by James McGrath Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A deeply researched, skillfully written biography about a previously underappreciated individual."
Biographer Morris (Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power, 2010, etc.) resurrects the career of Ethel Payne (1911-1991), journalist, labor union and civil rights advocate, traveler on the African continent, journalism professor and pioneer in the American race wars.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A work of enormous heart as well as research."
A satisfying, elegant personal journey in China's fabled Northeast. Read full book review >
THE REAGAN ERA by Doug Rossinow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A thoughtful analysis that will annoy and please readers on both sides of the aisle."
Rossinow (History/Metropolitan State Univ.; Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America, 2007, etc.) revisits the 1980s and finds things both to admire and disdain in the president, the culture and the rest of us.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >