History Book Reviews (page 9)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Certainly flawed, but it should appeal to readers who enjoy a good adventure and/or war story."
The story of how one man's struggle to free his family after the fall of the Philippines in World War II inspired him to create new weapons systems that hastened the Allied victory. Read full book review >
GUILTY THING by Frances Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A new, but not revisionist, portrait of a troubled artist."
The trials and passions of the romantic essayist and memoirist. Read full book review >

MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY by Edward Sorel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"What was then labeled 'the worst case of dynamite in Hollywood history' seems pretty tame today, but Sorel's command of tone and pen sustains readers' interest."
A charming slice of retro Hollywood tabloid scandal. Read full book review >
STALIN'S ENGLISHMAN by Andrew Lownie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A crack biography of a man who was a preposterous enigma."
A biography of "the most complex and enigmatic of the Cambridge Spies," a group of men recruited during the 1930s to spy for the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A rollicking tale of 'unparalleled bravery and ingenuity, interspersed with moments of rank incompetence, raw brutality and touching human frailty.'"
An "authorized" but not "official" or "comprehensive" history of Britain's swashbuckling Special Air Service. Read full book review >

OPEN TO DEBATE by Heather Hendershot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thoroughly researched work replete with intelligence, admiration, balanced criticism, and even a bit of nostalgia."
A generous description and analysis of Firing Line, the weekly TV show hosted for three decades by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. Read full book review >
BRIDGE OF WORDS by Esther Schor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Schor is strongest in tracing Esperanto's past and present, but she is less persuasive about its robust future in fostering transnational identity, 'durable international networks,' and a strong sense of 'belonging to the world.'"
The history of a new language that was invented "to bring conversation to a world of misunderstanding." Read full book review >
GHOSTLAND by Colin Dickey
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An intriguing but somewhat uneven exploration of things unseen."
"If you want to understand a place, ignore the boasting monuments and landmarks, and go straight to the haunted houses." Read full book review >
AMERICAN ULYSSES by Ronald C. White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An engaging resurrection of Grant featuring excellent maps and character sketches."
This scholarly but readable biography of the Civil War general and president finds some new facets in understanding "the silent man." Read full book review >
THE HOSTAGE'S DAUGHTER by Sulome Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A middling book, much of it a footnote to an event that's already well-receded into history, even though it is part of a larger conflict still unfolding."
A firsthand view of conflict in the Middle East. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Western history buffs will enjoy this entertaining but middling account, burrs under the saddle and all."
The story of an inspired stunt on the part of Buffalo Bill Cody, who organized a horse race from Nebraska to Chicago, the winner claiming his prize in the arena at Cody's Wild West Show right next door to the world-changing Columbian Exposition of 1893. Read full book review >
HERBERT HOOVER by Glen Jeansonne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A hagiographic survey of an activist president agitating on the wrong side of history. A decent resource, but readers are encouraged to also consult Charles Rappleye's Herbert Hoover in the White House (2016)."
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) as a lifelong champion of true GOP ideals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >