History Book Reviews (page 94)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2005

"Richly detailed, concisely narrated: a superb, myth-shattering portrait of an epochal event."
Designs turn to accidents, and great ships to splinters, in this rousing tale of the Elizabethan navy's finest hour. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2005

"Swift, photographic prose defines the dimensions of hell—and of humanity. (8-page photo insert)"
Two New York Times reporters take us inside the World Trade Center on 9/11 to give us a more capacious view of heroism. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2005

"A chronicle of a rare and radiant victory by our better angels. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A late-18th-century band of abolitionists in England begins the movement that will eventually free nearly one million slaves across the British Empire—and show the world that idealism and a passion for human rights can fill the sails of the ship of state. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"Well-told, effectively documented survey of a major historical subject."
The story of cotton, from the beginnings to its place in modern geopolitics. Read full book review >
DOWNTOWN by Pete Hamill
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"A finely etched and hand-colored portrait from one of those rare reporters who has lived long and hard in his beat."
Manhattan south of 42nd Street (with a handful of excursions north), rendered in all its delirious human evidence by veteran newsman Hamill (Forever, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"History as page-turner: a fascinating inquest."
Ulysses S. Grant was supposed to be in attendance that fateful night at Ford's Theatre. He managed to be absent. Hmm . . . Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"A masterful chronicle of dark and dangerous years, and a distinguished addition to the history of totalitarianism."
A journalist's memoir of her grandmothers also paints an eloquent portrait of two totalitarian powers, the havoc they wrought, and the countless burdens they imposed on ordinary families. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"First-rate, and evocative of why the war to end all wars was anything but."
An eye-opening study of the final hours of a war that threatened never to end. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Bold and brassy, with a solid grasp of its material."
An industry long in the shadows gets its due with a mainstream historical text. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"A fine and necessary work."
The legendary Lakota leader receives due honor in this searching biography. Read full book review >
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by Richard Rhodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2004

"That makes for an absorbing story, too, and Rhodes (Masters of Death, 2002, etc.) tells it surpassingly well. Outstanding."
The Pulitzer-winning historian and biographer finds a pleasing subject in an American original: the traveler, chronicler, scientist, painter, and entrepreneur whose name remains legend. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"One of the best forays into the Days of Rage—event, prequel, and sequel—to have appeared in years."
A pensive tale of the Old Left and the New, and of the political and personal struggles that shaped four generations of Americans. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >