History Book Reviews (page 94)

WASHINGTON’S CROSSING by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A superb addition to the literature of the Revolution, by one of the best chroniclers in the business."
A lively reconstruction of the Continental Army's finest strategic hour. Read full book review >
FLESH IN THE AGE OF REASON by Roy Porter
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"An impressive and accessible work of scholarship."
Selective survey of how thinking about the self changed in 18th-century Britain, designed to be a sequel to The Creation of the Modern World: The British Enlightenment (2000). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Powerful and evocative."
Poet and biographer Epstein (What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, 2001, etc.) brings insight from both his specialties to bear on two defining figures of the Civil War era. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"A top-notch survey of the vast dimensions of human greed. (11 b&w photos)"
The bizarre tale of a Central American land swindle that rivals for implausibility those country song lyrics about "ocean-front property in Arizona." Read full book review >
HARRIET JACOBS by Jean Fagan Yellin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Yellin's fine reconstruction of an impressive personality should firmly embed Jacobs in American cultural history. (16-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
Graceful, honorable portrait, extensively documented and annotated, of the woman who wrote Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.Read full book review >

WARRIOR SOUL by Chuck Pfarrer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"Frank, well-written, and memorable. A companion to Anthony Swofford's Jarhead as a warts-and-all, unromantic look at life under arms."
An eye-widening, fascinating memoir of a young man's sentimental education in the fine arts of infiltrating "denied areas," blowing things up, slashing a few throats, and otherwise visiting mayhem on the bad guys. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Thought-provoking and expertly told—and a most promising debut."
A superior historical and journalistic investigation, tracing the lives and legacies of freed slaves in America and Africa. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Says so much so well about a year that still steals your breath away, even with so many of its hopes dashed. (Illustrations throughout)"
A masterful chronicle of a year when the world was living dangerously and everybody's hair was afire. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 17, 2003

"Wholly memorable, entirely unsettling: one of the best pieces of reportage to come from the Balkan abattoir."
A searing chronicle of a decade's worth of ethnocide in the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 12, 2003

"A confidence-shaker that deserves widespread discussion as a new WTC begins to take shape."
A remarkable biography—and autopsy—of the Twin Towers, controversial, like its subject, from start to finish. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A rare blend of history, heroics, and gut-gripping emotion."
The harrowing survival tale that garnered Philbrick a National Book Award (In the Heart of the Sea, 2000) seems almost a tune-up for this saga of wind and wave. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 7, 2003

"Given the powerful evidence they present, it seems a small price to pay for centuries of wrong—though 'an admission that the majority of white citizens seem unwilling to make.'"
Can whites and blacks ever coexist peaceably in America? The answer, to judge by this depressing essay, seems to be no. 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 >