History Book Reviews (page 94)

Released: May 16, 2006

"Altogether excellent, and essential for understanding the birth of America's empire."
The biography of a vast building that "came to possess agency—the capacity to act in ways that transcended the wills and purposes of the people who claimed responsibility for the Defense Department at any given time." Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2006

"It's a big book not to put down, but Bowden's latest will tempt readers to keep turning the pages. Altogether excellent—and its revelations of back-channel diplomatic dealings are newsworthy."
A riveting account of the 444-day Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81. Read full book review >

Released: May 9, 2006

"A remarkably sensitive account: 21st-century readers could ask for no more insightful reinterpretation of America's founding myth."
Known for his special talent with a sea story, National Book Award-winner Philbrick (Sea of Glory, 2003, etc.) here uses the Pilgrims' perilous Atlantic crossing as mere prelude to an even more harrowing tale of survival in an alien land. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2006

"Nixon observed that the U.S. could do what it wanted in Latin America because his compatriots didn't give a damn about the place. Grandin's excellent book makes a good case for caring."
If you want to know why the American intervention in Iraq has failed, look at the El Salvador of a quarter-century ago. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2006

"A remarkable travelogue documenting aspects of a country still little understood."
China is a country both ancient and brand-new—and, to judge by this revealing portrait, likely to be increasingly at odds with the U.S. Read full book review >

Released: April 11, 2006

"There's no room for comfort in Berman's critique: If he's right, we're doomed. Hope he's wrong, then, but by all means consider his provocative argument."
A resounding, if sometimes overwrought, indictment of all that is wrong with American culture, from arrogance to xenophobia and all points between. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2006

"Packed with impeccable scholarship and insightful analysis."
America grows from embryo to newborn, nurtured by an international cast of characters. Read full book review >
BETRAYED by Linda Diebel
Released: April 1, 2006

"A carefully constructed, righteously angry investigation."
First-rate reportage of a political murder that "wasn't supposed to happen in the Mexico of Vicente Fox." Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 2006

"An exhaustive, courageous examination of racism's horrifying but sometimes very familiar face."
An infamous photograph of a 1930 lynching in Marion, Ind., sends the author on a decade-long search for its story and for the role her grandfather might have played. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 2006

"Thus, Gorenberg writes, the accidental empire. An exemplary history of a phenomenon that is still unfolding—for, as Ariel Sharon once urged, 'Everything we don't grab will be in their hands.'"
Of hard choices and strange bedfellows: an illuminating account of a current controversy that extends back many years, namely, Israeli settlements beyond the bounds of Israel. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2006

"A moving memoir that flows like the best fiction but that has the punch of real life."
Trussoni's debut is an engaging coming-of-age memoir that has at its core a stark portrait of her war-damaged father. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"Still, 'drive through the region's strip-mall hellscapes,' Grunwald concludes, and it's clear that much remains to be done to save the Everglades. This lucid history and call to arms is an essential companion to that work."
A lively appreciation of the Everglades as an ecosystem worthy of care and protection—quite a turnaround in attitude, as Washington Post reporter Grunwald reveals. 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 >