History Book Reviews (page 3)

THE BILL OF THE CENTURY by Clay Risen
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Well-researched but sometimes tedious."
A journalist's in-depth, behind-the-scenes account of the unsung congressional and White House heroes who helped the Civil Rights Act become the law of the land. Read full book review >
CONGO by David van Reybrouck
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though the book is overlong, van Reybrouck makes a good case for the importance of Congo to world history and its ongoing centrality in a time of resurgent economic colonialism, this time on the part of China."
Sprawling portrait of a land that, by Belgian writer van Reybrouck's account, has been at the center of world history as well as a continent. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Preserves like a frozen capsule the British grin-and-bear-it spirit and vocabulary of the WWII years."
A secretary to a formidable London pathologist during World War II reissues her wry, grisly account of murder and corpses, first published in 1955. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Bright, well-written and highly informative."
A history of the navigational tools that tell us where we are. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Those battling the neo-Confederates and nullificationists of today will want this book to see how it's done. Readers with an interest in American history and the American promise will find it a must-read as well."
A riveting account of the hard-fought passage of "the most important laws of the twentieth century." Read full book review >

THE BURNING SHORE by Ed Offley
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"A knowledgeable overview and exciting re-creation of the final U-701 attack and defeat."
An authoritative work on the awful, early effectiveness of German U-boats in disrupting shipping traffic off the east coast of the United States. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF NEWS by Andrew Pettegree
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Was the newspaper an instrument of liberation or control? Can any news be trusted? Is the free flow of information essential to a democracy? Learned and well-written, Pettegree's book ventures fruitful answers."
From imperial messenger and town crier to Citizen Kane: a vigorous history of the rise of the news business. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Haunting, doggedly researched but ultimately anticlimactic. The lack of decisive closure to the case tinges the outcome with bitterness."
An elusive Nazi doctor who escaped justice receives a thorough scouring by two journalists. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF RADIANCE by Craig Nelson
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"An engaging history that raises provocative questions about the future of nuclear science."
Nelson (Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, 2009, etc.) returns with a survey of mankind's use of radioactive materials. Read full book review >
ASIA'S CAULDRON by Robert D. Kaplan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An up-and-down examination in which the author claims that the future of the Pacific Rim will be decided not by what China does but by what America does."
A foreign policy expert looks at the major players in the Southeast Asia Pacific Rim and their nervous watching of what China will do. Read full book review >
THE ARK BEFORE NOAH by Irving Finkel
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Under the tutelage of a clever scholar, a cuneiform tablet brings to life an ancient world and the genesis of a great biblical story."
The ubiquitous tale of the Great Flood was not new to the writers of Genesis. Finkel, the assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and culture at the British Museum, offers some fresh particulars about the source of the biblical story. Read full book review >
THE BOHEMIANS by Ben Tarnoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"It may be, as Tarnoff asserts, that these writers spent the best years of their lives in California, but only Twain, living in New York and Connecticut, left a lasting literary legacy."
Four ambitious writers star in this literary history. Read full book review >