History Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"Densely researched, swift-moving account full of fighting detail."
Exploration of some of the unsung early war correspondents in New York and London who created the model for vivid prose and humanitarian alarm. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"A brief, useful history of the conquerors who came from East and West to build a series of states that continue the fight to this day."
The author of The Real History Behind the Templars (2007) chronicles how the first two crusades helped establish the face of the Middle East. Read full book review >

THE RECKONING by Jacob Soll
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing, well-crafted discussion highlighting a major contribution to political and economic well-being, with an obvious moral for today."
Soll's (History/Univ. of Southern California; The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System, 2009, etc.) double-entry bookkeeping in relation to the political and cultural significance of accounting and the rise and fall of nations and businesses. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 30, 2014

"Well-researched, fascinating and thought-provoking."
Hudson's first book is a scholarly examination of the ongoing debate about the authorship of the works of William Shakespeare. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"With a careful eye to detail and dialogue, Pressman vividly re-creates this epic rescue."
The astonishing story of a Philadelphia couple's resolve to help bring Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Austria. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2014

"A beguiling ride through a riotous time by a historian and able storyteller who knows his facts and his audience."
This chronicle of British undercover push back against Bolshevik world conspiracy proves to be an exciting ringside seat at the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2014

"An oddly disjointed work of history."
Journalist Martelle (Detroit: The Biography, 2012, etc.) juxtaposes two American lives anchored in two very different centuries and milieus. Read full book review >
A GRIZZLY IN THE MAIL AND OTHER ADVENTURES IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Tim Grove
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2014

"Touches of American history, up close and personal, from an educator's scrapbook."
A practitioner of "living history" recounts, among odd bits of America's past, some of his life story so far. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AND HOLY WAR by Philip Jenkins
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2014

"A work of intensely nuanced research."
A painstaking, densely layered study of the many slippery uses of religion in the making of war. Read full book review >
BLOODY SPRING by Joseph Wheelan
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2014

"Well-researched and –argued—a text that Civil War scholars and buffs will consume with glee."
The author of Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of Philip H. Sheridan (2012) and other works about the Civil War returns with a tactic-by-tactic, blow-by-blow account of the sanguinary actions between the forces of Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee near the end of the war. Read full book review >
WEED LAND by Peter Hecht
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 2014

"A comprehensive and compelling report on the weed wars still raging across the country."
Sacramento Bee senior writer Hecht chronicles how "reefer madness" divided the Golden State's pot-loving community and forever changed America's attitudes toward marijuana. Read full book review >
NEPTUNE by Craig L. Symonds
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 2014

"A work that manages to be both succinct and comprehensive in scope."
A fine D-Day study both technical and humanitarian. Read full book review >