History Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
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 >
HISTORY
Released: June 15, 2014

"The challenges are daunting, but Gaudet's detailed, undogmatic account of multiple attempts to counter overdevelopment with better practices inspires cautious optimism."
The hardy reed that stood at the center of ancient Egyptian civilization can foster sustainable growth in the 21st century, asserts ecologist Gaudet (Island of Pigs, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK by Kevin Birmingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2014

"Superb cultural history, pulling together many strands of literary, judicial and societal developments into a smoothly woven narrative fabric."
Modernism's "battle against an obsolete civilization," encapsulated in the struggle to publish one taboo-shattering masterpiece. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 17, 2014

"A fast-paced political thriller about a book that terrified a nation."
The derring-do–packed history of "one of the first efforts by the CIA to leverage books as instruments of political warfare." Read full book review >
QUEEN VICTORIA by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 2014

"Although Dennison often relies on secondary sources and rocks few boats, this is an insightful, short look at the life of an immortal if only sometimes-admirable queen."
A judicious but lively biography of the highly un-Victorian Queen Victoria (1819-1901), from journalist and historian Dennison (The Twelve Caesars: The Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 15, 2014

"Corrigan matches fascinating battle descriptions with accounts of how wars were financed and fought, as well as the Byzantine politics and mostly unpleasant personalities that conducted them."
Bloodshed makes for entertaining history, and military historian Corrigan (The Second World War: A Military History, 2009, etc.) takes full advantage. Read full book review >
THE OPENING KICKOFF by Dave Revsine
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An interesting demonstration of how athletics remains today what it was well over 100 years ago: big business."
Big Ten Network lead studio host and former ESPN anchor Revsine explores how the early days of college football were a lot like the climate of the sport today. Read full book review >