History Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A fresh, captivating history of the enduringly colorful Churchill."
A history of the danger-seeking young Winston Churchill during the Boer War, which "had turned out to be far more difficult and more devastating than the amusing colonial war the British had expected." Read full book review >
BLOOD AT THE ROOT by Patrick Phillips
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An impressive reckoning with a shameful piece of the past that 'most natives of Forsyth would prefer to leave…scattered in the state's dusty archives or safely hidden in plain sight.'"
A history of white supremacy's endurance in a Georgia county. Read full book review >

EYES ON THE STREET by Robert Kanigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An outstanding chronicle of a provocative, influential, iconoclastic theorist of the American cityscape."
A significant, comprehensive biography of an irrepressible urbanist, author, and pioneering community activist. Read full book review >
INCARNATIONS by Sunil Khilnani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An immensely readable teaching tool."
A selection of brief biographies of some of the most brilliant minds and personalities over the long course of Indian history. Read full book review >
MOSCOW NIGHTS by Nigel Cliff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sweeping history combines with a sensitive rendering of Cliburn's extraordinary passion."
The glorious career of the Texan pianist who captured Russian hearts during the Cold War era. Read full book review >

THE SULTAN AND THE QUEEN by Jerry Brotton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An erudite work that presents a fresh facet to Elizabeth's reign."
An intriguing look at England's contact with the Ottoman Empire and its enormous influence on Elizabethan commerce and culture, especially the theater. Read full book review >
A KINGDOM OF THEIR OWN by Joshua Partlow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An excellent introduction to the Karzai family and to the disastrous consequences of the Americans' inadequate understanding of Afghan culture."
A summary and analysis of the United States' troubled relationship with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and his sprawling, influential family. Read full book review >
SOMME by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"A beautifully crafted, blow-by-blow account with deep insight into the lives of these diverse young men."
A painstaking chronological account of the hideously marred attack on the German entrenchments at the Somme, July-September 1916. Read full book review >
ADOLFO KAMINSKY by Sarah Kaminsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Writing in Adolfo's voice gives this suspenseful narrative candor and immediacy."
A brilliant forger's 29-year resistance against oppression. Read full book review >
INDELIBLE INK by Richard Kluger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book of American history for all, but lawyers and journalists will especially appreciate it."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian looks back at the 1730s, when a single court case established the first step toward freedom of the press. Read full book review >
TROTSKY IN NEW YORK, 1917 by Kenneth D. Ackerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An entertaining and informative account of a footnote to the life of one of the 20th century's most charismatic leaders."
An account of the two months in 1917 when Leon Trotsky "found refuge in the United States," where he experienced the "last gasp of the Belle Epoque." Read full book review >
VIETNAM by Christopher Goscha
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A vigorous, eye-opening account of a country of great importance to the world, past and future."
America was not the first world power to meet defeat in far-distant Vietnam. The reasons for that loss emerge from this welcome overview of that nation's history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >