History Book Reviews

BE FREE OR DIE by Cate Lineberry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A worthwhile Civil War biography cogently presented and ready for the big screen."
An audacious paragon of the Civil War, now largely forgotten, is brought back to life, and his rags-to-riches adventure is certainly worth the revisit. Read full book review >
LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening biography from a trusted source on the topic."
A fresh look at John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, abolitionism, and other related American history. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A dazzling, richly researched story impeccably told."
A masterful tale of music, social, and economic history. Read full book review >
THE LOYAL SON by Daniel Mark Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A perceptive, gritty portrayal of the frenzy of war and a father and son caught at its tumultuous center."
A gripping history of a family torn apart by political upheaval. Read full book review >
THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER by David King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work with great relevance for our current era of right-wing resurgence."
A highly detailed study of Hitler's failed putsch of Nov. 8, 1923, in Munich and the trial that "catapulted this relatively minor local leader onto the national stage." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"The best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses."
A history of the "search for the solution to the sex and conception mystery," focused on the period between 1650 and 1900. Read full book review >
HUE 1968 by Mark Bowden
Released: June 6, 2017

"One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief."
A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat. Read full book review >
SEA POWER by James Stavridis
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A highly readable, instructive look at the role of the oceans in our civilization, past and present."
A retired Navy admiral tells the history of the seas and gives an updated look at their strategic importance. Read full book review >
DESTINED FOR WAR by Graham Allison
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A timely, reasoned treatise by a keen observer and historian."
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance." Read full book review >
MY LAI by Howard Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2017

"Jones succeeds on all counts in a book that, due to its subject matter, is not pleasant to read but is powerful and important."
A scrupulous history of one of the darkest moments in American military history. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach."
A joint biography of two men who "led the way, politically and intellectually, in responding to the twin totalitarian threats of fascism and communism" in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
THE POTLIKKER PAPERS by John T. Edge
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Without question, this is a book for foodies, but it is also for readers who may be indifferent to the food they consume yet care deeply about regionalism, individual health, and race relations, among other themes."
The director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi recounts the past 60 years of Southern food traditions, their effects on the South's culture, and vice versa. 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 >