History Book Reviews

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 >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A painstakingly researched portrait of the political landscape as the country inched toward civil war."
The second installment of the acclaimed historian and former Clinton adviser's massive study of Abraham Lincoln delves into his deeply cerebral "wilderness years" out of the political spotlight. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A grieving family ultimately finds closure in this meticulously researched and compelling history."
The plight of three brothers and their mother during one of the most shameful episodes of World War II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An enlightening history of American westward expansion."
The history of the founding of the U.S. Army in response to indigenous push back against the takeover of their territory. Read full book review >

STING LIKE A BEE by Leigh Montville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights during tumultuous times."
Fast-paced account of Muhammad Ali's struggle as a conscientious draft objector, a flashpoint for a tumultuous era. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An absorbing and often entertaining look at precious metal and its place—or lack thereof—in our wallets."
Is the dollar as good as gold? Not for a long time, writes Inc. editor Ledbetter (Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex, 2011, etc.), and therein hangs a tale. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT by Dan Hampton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A celebration of a heroic feat sure to interest fans of aviation history."
A historic flight recounted in vivid detail. Read full book review >
RISING STAR by David J. Garrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Too long by half but consistently readable—an impressive work that will provide grist for the former president's detractors and admirers alike."
An exhaustive epic of Barack Obama's trajectory to the presidency. Read full book review >
BE LIKE THE FOX by Erica Benner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Benner succeeds at what every biographer tries to do: she brings her subject to life for her readers."
A new look at an old book—and the philosopher/diplomat who wrote it. Read full book review >
SCARS OF INDEPENDENCE by Holger Hoock
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An accomplished, powerful presentation of the American Revolution as it was, rather than as we might wish to remember it."
The American Revolution was no festive musical. Read full book review >
OCTOBER by China Miéville
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing march to revolution, told here with clarity and insight."
The award-winning fiction writer revisits the exciting, messy story of an explosive Russia on the brink of civil war. 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 >