History Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 8, 2023

"A sensitive, informed rendering of the wrenching reformation of the South."
Levine (History/Univ. of Illinois; Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War, 2005, etc.) examines how the slaveholder republic of the Confederacy collapsed. Read full book review >
QUEEN ANNE by Anne Somerset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2103

Somerset (The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV, 2004) delivers an exhaustive and easily readable history of a queen trying to emulate Elizabeth I with none of the Tudor forcefulness and too much of the Stuart feebleness. Read full book review >