History Book Reviews (page 6)

THE GESTAPO by Carsten Dams
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2014

"An engrossing academic taxonomy of evil."
A measured yet chilling overview of the organization and politics of Nazi Germany's notorious core. Read full book review >
CATALOGING THE WORLD by Alex Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"Wright ends his illuminating story in the present, where Otlet's thoughts about the connection of information to knowledge, and knowledge to insight, are still urgent."
The story of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), Belgian librarian and utopian visionary, who, long before the digital age, dreamed of a worldwide repository of media, accessible to all. Read full book review >

THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF AMNESIA by Louisa Lim
HISTORY
Released: June 2, 2014

"A forceful reminder that only by dealing with its own past truthfully will China shape a decent future for coming generations."
NPR's veteran China correspondent Lim shows how the 1989 massacre of student human rights protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square continues to shape the country today. Read full book review >
GOTHAM UNBOUND by Ted Steinberg
HISTORY
Released: June 3, 2014

"Richly researched and illustrated—a wholly edifying account."
Steinberg (History and Law/Case Western Reserve Univ.; American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn, 2006, etc.) returns with an illuminating text that adheres strictly and powerfully to its subtitle. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 3, 2014

"A gossipy, revealing story of the doomed Russian family's fairy tale life told by an expert in the field."
The daughters of Czar Nicholas II and Alexandra are just the right subjects for Rappaport's (A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy, 2012, etc.) specialties in Russian and 19th-century women's history. Read full book review >

JET SET by William Stadiem
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 3, 2014

"A disjointed tale of society and its riches, dull and thrilling in about equal portions."
Another tell-all about money, power and the people who wield both, from Vanity Fair contributor Stadiem (co-author: Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
GOOD HUNTING by Jack Devine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Devine's attention to detail translates into a finely delineated memoir of his selective undercover tradecraft."
Veteran CIA covert operative Devine highlights his career foiling trouble from Chile to Afghanistan. The book was co-authored by Houston Chronicle managing editor Loeb (King's Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 9, 2014

"An excellent survey for general readers, refreshingly opinionated without neglecting to give conventional wisdom its due."
British classicist Hall (Greek Tragedy, 2010, etc.) defines 10 characteristics that unified ancient Greek culture. Read full book review >
PRECIOUS CARGO by David DeWitt
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 10, 2014

"An amazing journey, though the organization is meandering and digressive—frequently scattershot but ultimately satisfying."
New Mexico-based food researcher and author DeWitt (The Essential Hot Spice Guide, 2013, etc.) traces the Earth-changing ramifications of the "Columbian Exchange," which brought indigenous American foods like chili peppers, maize and turkey back to the Old World and transformed the world's diet. Read full book review >
SCALIA by Bruce Allen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Murphy moves case by case in an evenhanded, thoroughgoing study."
A deeply probing biography of the controversial Supreme Court justice. Read full book review >
THE SPANISH ARMADA by Robert Hutchinson
HISTORY
Released: June 10, 2014

"Those with fond memories of Garrett Mattingly's classic The Armada (1959) will discover an equally enthralling successor."
Historians regularly weigh in on the 1588 sea battle with Spain that assured the survival of a Protestant England, and contemporary readers will certainly enjoy this outstanding contribution. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND EMPIRE by Lawrence James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2014

"Exciting but very specific, this work will appeal most to those already knowledgeable about the subjects and looking for fresh insights."
An intriguing new look into both imperialism and a fascinating historical figure. Read full book review >