History Book Reviews (page 5)

CLOUDS OF GLORY by Michael Korda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Lee is a man for the ages, and Korda delivers the goods with this heart-wrenching story of the man and his state. Readers with the stamina for long biographies should follow this book with S.G. Gwynne's biography of Stonewall Jackson, Rebel Yell, to publish in September."
A masterful biography of the beloved Civil War general. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 13, 2014

"A swift-moving history of and tribute to officers who are "out there at all hours of the day and night, kicking down doors, stopping vehicles, and arresting heinous fugitives.""
The story behind the country's oldest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals service, as told by its former associate director for operations Earp, with veteran co-author Fisher (co-author, with Tom Coughlin: Earn the Right to Win, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

THE WAR OF ATTRITION by William Philpott
HISTORY
Released: May 15, 2014

"An astute examination by an expert war historian that sifts through the collective "theatres of attrition" in this unprecedented slaughter."
A rigorous look at the grinding war machine involved in the making of the Great War, both at home and on the battlefield. Read full book review >
THE POISONER by Stephen Bates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"A pleasantly instructive social history."
Sprightly look at the parochial mid-19th-century England that produced an infamous serial poisoner. Read full book review >
THE SCORPION'S STING by James Oakes
HISTORY
Released: May 19, 2014

"A wordy yet interesting book that clearly shows the deep divisions that were the real causes of the Civil War."
Addresses Oakes (Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, 2012, etc.) delivered for the Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University are the basis for this book about the attempts to eliminate slavery while avoiding war in the United States. Read full book review >

THE FOURTH REVOLUTION by John Micklethwait
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 19, 2014

"A different, provocative view of the challenge emerging in Asia."
Micklethwait and Wooldridge (co-authors: God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World, 2009, etc.), editor in chief and management editor, respectively, of the Economist, anticipate a coming revolution in methods of government on par with the emergence of the welfare state after World War II. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 19, 2014

"A work that glows from the author's relish for his subject."
Erudite rendering of the cataclysmic climate changes wrought at the start of the 14th century. Read full book review >
THE HISTORIES by Herodotus
HISTORY
Released: May 19, 2014

"A feast for students of ancient history and budding historians of any period."
A delightful new translation of what is widely considered the first work of history and nonfiction. Read full book review >
THE GOOD SPY by Kai Bird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"A low-key, respectful life of a decent American officer whose quietly significant work helped lead to the Oslo Accords."
A poignant tribute to a CIA Middle East operative who helped get the Palestinians and Israelis to talk to each other—and died for it. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PANIC by Mark Stein
HISTORY
Released: May 20, 2014

"Popular history that will appeal to readers of the author's How the States Got Their Shapes."
A fresh take on the outbursts of hysteria over witches, Catholics, women, communists, gays, Muslims, illegal aliens and others that have occurred throughout American history. Read full book review >
THE SECOND AMENDMENT by Michael Waldman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 20, 2014

"This thoughtful, accessible survey of Second Amendment law will be useful to anyone arguing either side of this endlessly controversial issue."
A review of the evolving meaning of the Second Amendment, a single sentence fraught with emotional controversy. Read full book review >
D-DAY by Jonathan Mayo
HISTORY
Released: May 20, 2014

"An accessible history that conveys the havoc and vast international spread of D-Day."
An engrossing work that cuts and pastes chaotic events for order and sense in a manner very much like fiction. Read full book review >