History Book Reviews

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Talty is an excellent storyteller, and this particular story is highly relevant as America's next set of immigrants struggles for acceptance."
A thrilling tale of the "Italian Sherlock Holmes." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. Read full book review >

LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS by Stephen W. Sears
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A staggering work of research by a masterly historian."
From "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott to Ulysses S. Grant, the succession of Northern generals during the Civil War receives a thorough scouring in this massive, elegant study. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Nathaniel Frank
NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 2017

"Frank's strikingly detailed, essential reportage reminds readers of the gay community's enduring fight for equality."
A diligent archive of gay marriage equality from its roots as a hopeful pipe dream to its realization as a civil right. Read full book review >
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil."
Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Readers will finish this third in a delightful series of bottom-up histories hoping Mortimer has his sights set on Georgian England."
The latest guidebook to England's past from the renowned historian. Read full book review >
FEAR CITY by Kim Phillips-Fein
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Sobering, smart reading with many pointed lessons for activists."
New York may be an amusement park for the very rich these days, but as this grimly detailed historical account reveals, there was a time…. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A fascinating account of counterintelligence in the pre-cyber era and a reminder of how an astute interviewer can be an invaluable asset to law enforcement."
Firsthand account of Cold War espionage from the FBI agent who uncovered it. Read full book review >
DOWN THE UP STAIRCASE by Bruce D. Haynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A candid and profoundly personal contribution to America's racial history."
A family's story reflects social upheaval. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A deeply researched, terrifically entertaining exploration of the London Zoo 'through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen.'"
A whimsical work revisiting the English gentlemen of the early- to mid-19th century who envisioned the first Zoological Society of London. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >
WILLOUGHBYLAND by Matthew Parker
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"An engaging pursuit through history and geography, terminating in the human heart of darkness."
A varied, often fascinating search for the history and remains of England's 17th-century South American colony in what is now Suriname. 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 >