History Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"From interviews and archival documents, Lascher creates a seamless narrative of daring and dedication."
Two journalists caught in war and love. Read full book review >
WHITE TRASH by Nancy Isenberg
HISTORY
Released: June 21, 2016

"A riveting thesis supported by staggering research."
A rigorously researched study of the entrenched system of racial classification that dispels many myths about American national identity. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 14, 2016

"A stimulating look at the American Revolution by a diligent historian and talented writer."
A fresh view of Britain's attempt to quash an independence movement that didn't have to occur. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI GRAND by Taras Grescoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Grescoe exuberantly captures the glamour and intrigue of a lost world."
An intrepid journalist in free-wheeling 1930s Shanghai. Read full book review >
SPIRAL by Mark Danner
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 14, 2016

"A chilling cautionary tale of Orwellian repercussions."
A somber examination of why the war on terror has stretched over 15 years and appears to have no end in sight. Read full book review >

WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN by James Lee McDonough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A fine biography, welcome reading for any student of Civil War history."
A wide-ranging biography of the Civil War legend, a monster to some, a savior to others. Read full book review >
THE BUTLER'S CHILD by Lewis M. Steel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An articulate, emotionally moving chronicle of a life informed by racial unrest and elevated with dutiful humanitarianism."
A white man borne of privilege dedicates his life to the defense of civil rights. Read full book review >
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Featuring the use of new archives, a highly regarded historian offers a significant reappraisal."
A freshly critical life of the great American general, whose "spectacular successes were always haunted by his equally spectacular failures." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 7, 2016

"A well-researched, brightly told history of the men and women who saved a great compendium of knowledge."
How grit and determination created an encyclopedia for the modern world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Though not groundbreaking, Blume's reimagining of 1920s Paris and its scandalous denizens is vivid, spirited, and absorbing."
The Lost Generation returns. Read full book review >
NEW ENGLAND BOUND by Wendy Warren
HISTORY
Released: June 7, 2016

"For students of early American history, this is an eye-opening book about Puritans and Anglicans who disapproved of slavery but accepted it as a normal part of life and reaped its profits."
A history of the strong beginnings of American slavery in the 17th century. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF RUSSIA by Arkady Ostrovsky
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"An astute, accessible, illuminating navigation of the idea that the 'only consistent feature in Russia's history is its unpredictability.'"
A focused, bracing look at how the control of the media has helped plot the Russian political trajectory from dictatorship and back again. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >