History Book Reviews

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION by Ian Davidson
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An invaluable history of the French Revolution and its repercussions through the years."
What we don't know about the French Revolution could fill a book; Davidson (Voltaire: A Life, 2010, etc.) has done just that—in spades. Read full book review >
THE WARS OF THE ROOSEVELTS by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Perhaps best known for his popular film biographies and histories, and thus no stranger to tales of scandal and coverup, feuds and intrigue, Mann writes sympathetically about all the Roosevelts but particularly the black sheep, the nonconformists whose births into this powerful family imposed special burdens."
A compulsively readable account of the decadeslong rivalries, grudges, and battles between and within the Roosevelt families of Oyster Bay and Hyde Park. Read full book review >

THE MAYOR OF MOGADISHU by Andrew Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A beautifully rendered narrative and characterization portrays the soul of a country few Westerners truly understand."
A fluid, sympathetic journalistic foray into the tumultuous history of Somalia as lived by an intriguing impresario and activist. Read full book review >
MEDIEVAL EUROPE by Chris Wickham
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Far-ranging, fluent, and thoughtful—of considerable interest to students of history writ large, and not just of Europe."
A thorough survey of the European continent in the time between antiquity and modernity. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A book remarkable for its depth, breadth, and intellectual daring."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian examines the fanatical secular religion of American exceptionalism and why it is leading government officials and the electorate astray in an increasingly violent world. Read full book review >

THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 1 by Ed Ward
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A spry study that should inspire listening with newly informed ears to old tunes, from 'Bulldozer Blues' to 'Teenager in Love' and beyond."
A dean of rock journalism delivers the first volume of a magnum opus on a subject that never ceases to fascinate. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A largely untold, engrossing history of our nation's fraught, and unlikely, path to liberty."
European allies supplied arms, ammunition, uniforms, savvy commanders, engineers, and soldiers to aid the American Revolution. Read full book review >
WONDERLAND by Steven Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's an infectious spirit of delight in the prose, which matches the themes in a book that will engage even those not entirely convinced by its thesis to take a look from a different perspective."
An illumination of how civilization advances through the ways in which it plays. Read full book review >
WHERE MEMORY LEADS by Saul Friedländer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Though dry in tone, the book is haunting in scope and depth."
A foremost Holocaust scholar carefully reflects on his harsh early years and lifelong academic mission in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Geneva, and Los Angeles. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A quirky but always delightful social history that will convince most readers that social revolutions have been happening for a long time."
Most observers agree that the 20th century saw dazzling changes: the automobile, airplane, atom bomb, antibiotics, computers, space travel, the internet, and hundreds of other amazing advancements. What century can match that? Every one since 1000, responds veteran British social historian Mortimer, and he makes a convincing case. Read full book review >
SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A first-rate work of graphic memoir dealing with a pivotal period in modern American history."
The early years of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a child, as rendered by the graphic artist he became. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Long, leisurely, and vastly entertaining."
The story of a 1913 Arctic expedition to investigate what the New York Tribune called "the last considerable mass of unknown land on our planet." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >