History Book Reviews (page 94)

Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"A first-rate, well-balanced blend of personal and cultural history."
A superbly rendered life of the painter, sculptor, and photographer best known for his invention of the electromagnetic telegraph. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"First-rate reporting, sometimes alarming and always informative, from a writer whose heart instructs his mind and animates his pen. (3 maps)"
After extensive travel in the varied landscapes of Tibet, British journalist French (Liberty or Death, 1997, etc.) concludes that no freedom can come to this fabled land until liberty first invades and then pervades China. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"A first-rate work of popular history, and sure to become a standard."
A graceful narrative history of the troubled Jamestown colony, "an entrepreneurial effort organized and financed by . . . a start-up venture." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2003

"Despite the inevitable omissions—his warmly democratic tribute to the New York Public Library being the most egregious—an enthralling introduction to the work of a man who 'lived to read' and conveyed that passion to his own readers for half a century."
Selections from the distinguished late critic's books and articles highlight his sense of kinship with American writers from Hawthorne to Didion. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"A powerful memoir and an unforgettable portrait of a land and a people."
Adventure-filled account of an intrepid young British-Afghan woman's search for cultural identity. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Rich in learning and observation, Unsettled ought to inspire discussion, perhaps even controversy at points. A splendid treatise that will inform readers of whatever background."
A lucid exposition, informed by science and poetry alike, of the qualities and historical accidents that have made the Jewish people so important a presence in so many parts of the world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Extraordinary, and likely to become a standard in courses devoted to the history of the Vietnam War."
A sprawling, vivid, and hard-to-put-down account of a mere two days in the fall of 1967, a time of two fierce battles: one in South Vietnam, the other in Wisconsin. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A feast for political junkies."
Seamlessly combining sound reportage with perceptive insights, AP veteran and Pulitzer -winner Mears recalls the 11 presidential campaigns he covered. Read full book review >
WHERE I WAS FROM by Joan Didion
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"Demonstrates how very thin is the gilt on the Golden State."
With humor, history, nostalgia, and acerbity, Didion (Political Fictions, 2001, etc.) considers the conundrums of California, her beloved home state. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2003

"A remarkable story that resonates with intelligence and insight."
The author of The Jew Store (1998), which vividly described growing up in a small Tennessee town where her relatives were the only Jews, just as memorably recalls her peripatetic life as a war bride. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"First-rate in every regard: to be put alongside such classics on the region as Through Khiva to Golden Samarkand and The Road to Oxiana."
A literate, elegiac account of travels in the outback of Uzbekistan, tracing the origins and consequences of one of the world's most devastating ecological disasters. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2003

"A lifetime's worth of crib notes for late-blooming history buffs."
Unintimidating, adroitly structured grounding in the enduring legacies of ancient civilizations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >