History Book Reviews (page 9)

LINCOLN'S POLITICAL THOUGHT by George Kateb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An erudite work that gently unravels the great man's distortions and political expediency. Though it may prove recondite for a general audience, the book is compelling throughout."
A sincere attempt to make peace with Abraham Lincoln's written political thought leads the distinguished Princeton academic into reflective, occasionally troubled waters. Read full book review >
JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
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Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"An often engaging book that shows readers the beginnings of the great voyages and the ancient symbols of seafaring communication."
An informed, freethinking re-creation of ancient trade routes, rooted in research and serious fieldwork. Read full book review >
John Wesley and Universalism by James A. Ellison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"A deep meditation on Wesley's accomplishments likely to inspire lively debate within the Methodist tradition."
A groundbreaking new study of John Wesley's theology. Read full book review >
WATERLOO by Gordon Corrigan
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 5, 2014

"A superb addition to an overstuffed genre."
Two centuries have not diminished the avalanche of books on this subject, but even history buffs familiar with the two generals and their epic 1815 encounter will not regret choosing this one. Read full book review >

HER BRILLIANT CAREER by Rachel Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Cooke's history of these uncelebrated heroines admirably fills in the gaps in the continuing story of women's role in the workplace."
British journalist Cooke recounts the stories of 10 women whose personal and professional lives shattered the common image of a repressed 1950s homemaker. Read full book review >
WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR by Molly Guptill Manning
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A fresh perspective on the trials of war and the power of books."
How books raised spirits during World War II. Read full book review >
MODERNITY BRITAIN by David Kynaston
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"From Prince Charles' boarding school to the rise of Benny Hill: The Britain we know today takes shape in these pages. Monumental and highly readable."
Covering just five years in more than 900 pages, British historian Kynaston (Family Britain, 1951-1957, 2009, etc.) continues his sprawling study of Britain from the end of World War II to the rise of Margaret Thatcher.Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF COTTON by Sven Beckert
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Of narrower interest than Monied Metropolis but a valuable contribution all the same."
Beckert (History/Harvard Univ.; The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850-1896, 2001) writes convincingly of cotton as the impetus for a world-system kind of capitalism.Read full book review >
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE WORLD? by Andrew Lawler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion."
The title tells all in this comprehensive account of how an anti-social south Asian fowl became the world's favorite food. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A valuable biography of an important figure in a distant, violent, barely comprehensible era."
Biography of William Marshal (1146-1219), Earl of Pembroke, the epitome of medieval chivalry, who battled for great kings (Henry II, Richard the Lionheart) and the not-so-great (Henry III). Read full book review >
ALL EYES ARE UPON US by Jason Sokol
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"With sharp research and insights, Sokol follows this blithe and self-congratulatory legacy through the election of President Barack Obama."
Sokol (History/Univ. of New Hampshire; There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975, 2006) exposes the troubled truth about the North's racial integration.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >