History Book Reviews (page 94)

SIMONE WEIL by Francine du Plessix Gray
Released: June 25, 2001

"A superbly nuanced portrait of a tortured character."
A lucid portrait of the enigmatic French writer and mystic. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2001

"Decked out like a history, with index and bibliography: a striking, romantic, personal narrative."
An extravagant tale of war and romance, with a decided emphasis on the latter. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 2001

"A brilliant memoir illuminating a rich and complex life. (20 b&w photographs)"
In language ranging from lush to poignant to erotic to horrifying, an eminent literary scholar recalls his childhood and youth. Read full book review >
HOW MILTON WORKS by Stanley Fish
Released: June 1, 2001

"With forcefulness, fluency, and persistence, Fish succeeds in making his case and honoring his subject: a definitive work."
Nearly 35 years after the publication of Fish's first landmark study comes this culmination of his lifetime of Milton scholarship. Read full book review >
ALFRED E. SMITH by Christopher M. Finan
Released: June 1, 2001

"Well written, thoroughly researched: likely to stand as the definitive portrait of Smith for years to come."
A rock-solid biography of the muckraking New York politician. Read full book review >

DEFYING HITLER by Sebastian Haffner
Released: June 1, 2001

"A bestseller in Germany, and deserving a wide readership elsewhere in the world."
A remarkable account, dug out of a drawer, about daily life in Germany during the rise of Nazism. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2001

"A powerful, terrible story told in exacting detail. (14 b&w photos, 2 maps)."
A defining episode in the career of the martial prima donna, dispassionately examined by British military historian Connaughton (The Battle for Manila, not reviewed). Read full book review >
1918: WAR AND PEACE by Gregor Dallas
Released: May 24, 2001

"Popular history at its best: a narrative with attitude—thoroughly researched, gracefully written. Possibly a classic. (62 b&w photographs, 4 maps)"
A sweeping, swirling history of the end of WWI and the ensuing struggle for peace—and of the inadvertent and ineluctable construction of the foundation of WWII. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 2001

"A singular achievement of intellectual history as well as a weighty entertainment. (21 b&w drawings and photos)"
Crossing the divide between academic analysis and insightful storytelling, this social and intellectual history explores the ideas of pragmatism by charting the lives of its founding fathers. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2001

"A study, Buckley writes, that was 14 years in the making—and it shows. Well-written, vigorous, and aptly titled, this deserves the widest possible readership."
A first-rate history of African-Americans in the military. Read full book review >
Released: May 18, 2001

"Wartime adventure draped with thrills and romance. (b&w photos)"
Television journalist Smith retells a rousing story of WWII resistance to the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, with emphasis on the American players. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2001

"An engrossing addition to the popular literature of WWII—and a treat for oenophiles as well."
Vin ordinaire goes to war—and lives to tell the tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >