History Book Reviews (page 94)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"A bracing corrective for a literature recently dominated by Ambrose, Brokaw, and other cheerleaders, and just right for a new season of war."
Brief, wholly memorable essays—sometimes little more than vignettes—on a season in hell. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2003

"Pyrotechnical enough to cause brain fever, but the author's sly hand elegantly unravels these knotty historical cloverleafs."
The serendipities that have helped shape the world as we know it today. Read full book review >

NIXON’S SHADOW by David Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Thought-provoking from start to finish."
"No postwar politician did more to educate Americans to the primacy of image in politics" than Richard Nixon. So argues historian Greenberg in a rich work full of lessons and implications for spin doctors. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Top-drawer American history, especially for Civil War buffs."
A first-rate study of the origins and early years of the Civil War, focusing on neighboring communities North and South. Read full book review >
WILLIAM MCKINLEY by Kevin Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An instructive, graceful look at a neglected presidency."
An engaging life of the stoical Buckeye politician, whom Phillips (Wealth and Democracy, 2002, etc.) reckons to be "an upright and effective president of the solid second rank." Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A superb work of travel and reportage, and must reading for Russia hands."
An eye-opening tour of post-Soviet Russia by a young but well-seasoned Time correspondent. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"The kind of successfully fluid story that could be written only by someone who has seen and connected the dots, studied the resulting picture for years and from many perspectives, observed the changes, and even sensed them."
A blistering and memorable portrait of a man and a city whose politics went bad a long time ago and stayed that way, from the Pulitzer-winning Providence Journal investigative reporter. Read full book review >
SIX WIVES by David Starkey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2003

"A boon to fans of English royal history, full of murder and mayhem, but also of solid analysis of a maddeningly complicated era."
A rich account of the six long-celebrated women who, for better or worse, shared the throne with the ax-happy Tudor king. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 2003

"A boon for news junkies, full of solid, eye-opening reporting and smartly delivered opinion."
One man's recent wanderings among Ground Zero, Saddam City, and other global hot spots. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 2003

"A thoughtful, measured tone gives this tale of murder a sense of depth and reach, like a good poem."
Chilling, edgy backgrounder on the high-profile 2002 murder of a fashion journalist. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 25, 2003

"By far the best and most complete account of the incident in print—and sure to cause a stir in Salt Lake City and beyond."
A superbly crafted, blood-soaked tale of "the largest civilian atrocity to occur on American soil" until the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. Read full book review >
TURNER by James Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2003

"Belongs in every art lover's library. (3 color photo inserts, not seen)"
A splendid, masterful portrait of the master painter. 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 >