History Book Reviews (page 9)

BUSH by Jean Edward Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A relentlessly hard-hitting assessment of a president who was a 'decider' but 'did not wrestle with the details of policy.'"
Biography of George W. Bush (b. 1946), concentrating on the eight years of his presidency. Read full book review >
BOBBY KENNEDY by Larry Tye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Richly researched prose that sometimes soars too close to the sun of admiration."
A former journalist at the Boston Globe returns with a comprehensive, thesis-driven account of the political career of Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968). Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: July 5, 2016

"A book every serious World War II student will want."
An in-depth study of the clash of the Japanese and Allied navies in Leyte Gulf, possibly the greatest naval battle of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HURRICANE STREET by Ron Kovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2016

"Sobering reflections on past treatment of America's injured war veterans."
The author of Born on the Fourth of July (1976) recounts the brief 1974 movement he initiated to change how Veterans Affairs hospitals cared for wounded soldiers. Read full book review >
JACOBITES by Jacqueline Riding
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2016

"Riding provides an exciting account of a doomed rebellion and ably explores the psyche of the fierce, devoted Highlanders."
Riding (Mid-Georgian Britain: 1740-69, 2010, etc.), a specialist in 18th-century British history and culture, delivers a comprehensive history of the events of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Read full book review >

AMIABLE SCOUNDREL by Paul Kahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"A fine political biography that does not entirely rehabilitate its subject."
Biography of a politician whose name "has become synonymous with corruption and graft during the Civil War." Read full book review >
ANGELA MERKEL by Matthew Qvortrup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today."
A biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (b. 1954) that provides insight and clarity into Germany's often underreported role in shaping the European political landscape. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 30, 2016

"In a book that is more nuanced and far more entertaining that the revelations of Edward Snowden, Budiansky does not ignore the NSA's accomplishments but reveals plenty of unsettling behavior that has so far persuaded Congress and the president, always anxious to demonstrate their patriotism, to enact mild reforms."
A skillful history of America's World War II code-breaking and the rise of the National Security Agency. Read full book review >
HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA by Winifred Gallagher
HISTORY
Released: June 28, 2016

"The future of the post, Gallagher argues in this readable, straightforward history, depends on citizens' awareness of its history. For a somewhat livelier, personality-driven account of the USPS, see Devin Leonard's Neither Snow nor Rain (2016)."
A history of the United States postal system, which George Washington believed would "tranquilize" the country's restless citizenry. Read full book review >
HITLER'S COMPROMISES by Nathan Stoltzfus
HISTORY
Released: June 28, 2016

"A lucid work of historical argumentation that succeeds in establishing compromise as a crucial instrument in Hitler's political arsenal."
An in-depth examination of the tactical compromises Hitler made in order to consolidate power. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A cogent, detailed policy review, effectively studded with first-person recollections, that probably won't sway Obama's conservative critics."
A measured insider's account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, arguing that the very aspects that bring conservative derision represent subtle, long-term strengths. Read full book review >
MY FATHER AND ATTICUS FINCH by Joseph Madison Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A poignant and warmly engaging memoir."
A distinguished Atlanta attorney remembers his lawyer father, who defended a black man against charges that he raped a white woman in pre-civil rights era Alabama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >