History Book Reviews (page 3)

HISTORY
Released: April 7, 2014

"Solid research with wide appeal."
Intriguing exploration of how the Buddha's story was appropriated across languages and cultures into a legendary Christian saint. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 7, 2014

"The author succinctly explains each of these constitutions with the thoroughness of a legal mind and writing that avoids legalese."
Tsai (Law/American Univ.; Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture, 2008, etc.) examines eight instances of dissenting constitutions written by groups representing cultural attitudes out of the norm seeking unconventional sovereignty. Read full book review >

THE EMBRACE OF UNREASON by Frederick Brown
HISTORY
Released: April 4, 2014

"Read this illuminating book to see frightening similarities to the early years of the 21st century. The lies, innuendo, invented evidence and baseless arguments are all too familiar."
The author of Zola (1995) and Flaubert (2006) once again demonstrates his profound knowledge of French history, its people and their psyche. Read full book review >
TIANANMEN EXILES by Rowena Xiaoqing He
HISTORY
Released: April 2, 2014

"A compelling account of idealism and the price it exacts."
Oral history of the monthlong student protest in Tiananmen Square and similar demonstrations throughout the country, based on interviews with three leaders of the movement brutally shut down by the Chinese government. Read full book review >
HOTEL FLORIDA by Amanda Vaill
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"War, sex, friendship, betrayal, celebrity, rivalry, jealousy, idealism, foolishness and foppery—all this and more gather in the lobby of Madrid's Hotel Florida."
Vaill (Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins, 2006, etc.) follows a handful of characters (some are celebrities, some not) through the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA by Mark Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A majestic overview with an engaging sense of the nuance of character. Thankfully, Perry doesn't become mired in familiar biographical detail."
In a study of quiet authority, Perry spotlights the presumptuous commanding general at the moment of his evolving maturity during the Pacific theater and apotheosis in the Philippines. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S FISCAL CONSTITUTION by Bill White
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Reading between the lines, White is recommending much more—and therein lies controversy, especially when it comes to military spending. A book that deserves much attention."
Looking to beat up on George W. Bush some more? There's plenty of ammunition in this chronicle of the collapse of federal fiscal discipline during the previous administration. Read full book review >
BOURBON by Dane Huckelbridge
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A snappy history of the popular spirit's rise and continued ascent."
A mirthful, erudite appreciation of bourbon and its striking history. Read full book review >
THE CRUSADES OF CESAR CHAVEZ by Miriam Pawel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A warts-and-all biography of an important figure."
An exhaustive study of the life and work of iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez (1927-1993). Read full book review >
PRANKSTERS by Kembrew McLeod
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"McLeod's renditions of his own pranks bring sparkle and humor to the serious message of his book."
The story of how mischief-makers hope to change the world one prank at a time. Read full book review >
PEDESTRIANISM by Matthew Algeo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"An entertaining biography, step by step, of a diversion in the earliest days of today's sports industry."
A lively account of America's first major spectator sport, competitive walking, which attracted thousands in its day. Read full book review >
THE TUPAC AMARU REBELLION by Charles F. Walker
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"A readable, not-too-scholarly story of a significant moment in South American history."
A solid new history of the Peruvian Indian revolutionary lays out the roots of his rebellion and its bitter legacy. Read full book review >