History Book Reviews (page 9)

THE EVIL HOURS by David J. Morris
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An eye-opening investigation of war's casualties."
An exploration of the enduring human cost of war. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ashton makes compelling arguments about creativity and genius but continues to belabor them long after readers have gotten the point."
As a writer on technology and coiner of the phrase "the Internet of Things," Ashton seems to be a particularly creative type. But the "secret" of the subtitle is that there is no secret, no magic and no mystery. Read full book review >

ONCE UPON A REVOLUTION by Thanassis Cambanis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A clear exposition and analysis of complex, swiftly changing events. The book gives readers cause to understand why we might support regime change in the Middle East, even if it brings instability and incoherence."
Smart, troubling study of the events surrounding Tahrir Square and their aftermath. Read full book review >
GATEWAY TO FREEDOM by Eric Foner
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Foner brings to life fraught decades of contention, brutality and amazing acts of moral courage."
New sources reveal the perilous journeys of fugitive slaves. Read full book review >
F.B. EYES by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2015

"An occasionally intriguing work whose organization and diction consign it to reference status."
Maxwell (English and African-American Studies, Washington Univ.; New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism between the Wars, 1999) reveals the obsession of the late FBI director with the lives and literature of leading black writers.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 18, 2015

"A sophisticated, densely referenced, scholarly take on the perennial traits of human deceit and dishonesty."
An intellectual discourse on the essence and history of duplicity. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Organized, accessible history for everyone."
This populist study of recent speeches, films and published works reveals the many uses of America's founding ideals. Read full book review >
SOPHIA by Anita Anand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A sturdy narrative of one woman's awakening and strength in the early 20th century as she witnessed the vast societal changes in India and England."
The biography of an Indian royal princess, born in Britain, who found a higher purpose as she discovered her heritage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A fresh look at the sources and a careful eye to leadership and character places this book high atop the list of recent Civil War histories."
"The cheering proved to be our folly." Thus said Robert E. Lee, chiding Southern vanity at the outbreak of the Civil War, the setting for this thoughtful study of command. Read full book review >
THE NUNS OF SANT'AMBROGIO by Hubert Wolf
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An eye-opening story of evil in a holy place."
The long-hidden story of the ultimate convent scandal, masterfully retold. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET by Roger Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With limpid prose, Cohen delivers a searching and profoundly moving memoir."
In an effort to understand the modern Jewish experience, distinguished New York Times columnist Cohen (Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, 2005, etc.) examines his family history of displacement, despair and resilience. Read full book review >
THE MATCH GIRL AND THE HEIRESS by Seth Koven
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 11, 2015

"The real story here is the idealistic work of Muriel, Doris and Nellie as they fought for universal justice and economic equality. Koven demonstrates how these women changed the world's attitude toward the poor."
Muriel Lester (1885-1968) was one of the best-known faces of the 20th century's global peace movement. Koven (History/Rutgers Univ.; Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London, 2004) explains her strong connection to London's East End through her friend, orphan Nellie Dowell.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >