History Book Reviews (page 4)

HISTORY
Released: May 6, 2014

"An exciting account from the personable point of view of the soldier."
A focused tale of the hellish ascendancy of the U.S. Army's famed 1st Infantry Division on June 6, 1944, underscoring how the Normandy invasion nearly went terribly awry. Read full book review >
THE LION'S GATE by Steven Pressfield
HISTORY
Released: May 6, 2014

"Stirring voices from a nation determined to be reckoned with."
A "hybrid history" of the Six Day War made up of oral histories by numerous participants and stitched-together bits of biography from Israeli military leader Moshe Dayan (1915-1981). Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 6, 2014

"Compulsively readable, wicked scientific fun."
Neurosurgery has come a long way since the 16th century, and this series of historical anecdotes traces the many people who, often by suffering horrific injuries, allowed the study and treatment of brain trauma to evolve and become the sophisticated field it is today. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 6, 2014

"Harrison deftly marshals the intricate details of battle, hardship and victory."
Versatile journalist and author Harrison (The Power of Business en Español: 7 Fundamental Keys to Unlocking the Potential of the Spanish-Language Hispanic Market, 2007, etc.) explores the moving microcosm of pride and patriotism within a Mexican-American Illinois railroad community. Read full book review >
AUTO BIOGRAPHY by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A big, weird, heartfelt book about a badass who could give a damn whether you root for him or not."
In a compassionate yet never overly nostalgic nonfiction portrait of two behemoths from another age, Virginian-Pilot reporter Swift (The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, 2011, etc.) offers a startling portrayal of a violent entrepreneurial misfit. Read full book review >

THE 40s by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"An absolute treat. Hopefully, the New Yorker will continue to publish such anthologies on other decades."
Make room on the bookshelf. The New Yorker's look at 1940s history, culture, literature and civilization is a book to be read, reread and savored. Read full book review >
THE LONG SHADOW by David Reynolds
HISTORY
Released: May 12, 2014

"A lifetime of scholarship informs this highly readable analysis of what the author calls "the forgotten conflict.""
A scholar who has written often about 20th-century warfare (In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War, 2005, etc.) returns with a comprehensive account of the many effects of World War I. Read full book review >
THE MANTLE OF COMMAND by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Lively, elucidating, elegant and highly knowledgeable."
A deeply engrossing study of the first year of Franklin Roosevelt's prescient military leadership in World War II. Read full book review >
WAR AND GOLD by Kwasi Kwarteng
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Should we return to the gold standard? Has oil taken the place of gold on the world economic stage? Who will be the next big power? Kwarteng does not provide all the answers, but he does give a solid overview of the possibilities."
In Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World (2012), conservative Parliament member Kwarteng delivered an impressive chronicle of the long-term effects of British colonial rule. This book, about the economics of war and the use and abuse of the gold standard, is a bit less readable, but still informative, for those not well-versed in economic theory. Read full book review >
ENDURING COURAGE by John F. Ross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Ross sweeps readers along in Rickenbacker's thrilling tale."
Energetic look at the World War I ace's early exploits through the prism of exciting modern changes in America. Read full book review >
THE LAST EMPIRE by Serhii Plokhy
HISTORY
Released: May 13, 2014

"The author provides fascinating details (especially concerning Ukraine) about this fraught, historic time."
A dour, authoritative look at the last bitter months of 1991 leading up to the Soviet Union's collapse. Read full book review >
REDEEMER by Randall Balmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A sympathetic account of a president too often overlooked, embedded in a rethinking of the rise of the religious right."
The words "progressive" and "evangelical" may no longer be thought of together, yet in combination, they shaped Jimmy Carter as a man and president. Read full book review >