History Book Reviews (page 11)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"For a picture of strict belief in class distinctions and the stupidity of the fools who accede to the good of the whole, please step this way. For anyone else, take a pass."
As the great-nephew of the first president, Washington writes about a forgotten book he claims molded the Founding Father's personality: H. de Luzancy's A Panegyrick to the Memory of His Grace Frederick, Late Duke of Schonberg (1690). Read full book review >
WE CALLED HIM RABBI ABRAHAM by Gary Phillip Zola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"A rich, scholarly, instructive reminder that there's always more to learn about Honest Abe."
A comprehensive collection of documents describing and characterizing the special bond between the 16th president and many American Jews before and after his death. Read full book review >

JAMES AND DOLLEY MADISON by Bruce Chadwick
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An enjoyable, gossipy book exploring the birth and the rebirth of the nation."
Another entry in the always-fascinating stories of Dolley and James Madison, showing the broad influence they had on American history. Read full book review >
GENESIS by John B. Judis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A valiant, detailed effort to establish some clarity around the murky historical underpinnings of the Arab/Israeli conflict."
Dogged, exhaustive survey of the rocky road from late-19th-century Zionism through President Harry Truman's recognition of the state of Israel. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A textured exploration of the significant players and events at this key juncture in American history."
Evenhanded look at the many complicated tenets of the civil rights movement that converged with James Meredith's march from Memphis to Jackson, Miss., in June 1966. Read full book review >

THE PROBLEM OF SLAVERY IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION by David Brion Davis
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Deeply researched, ingeniously argued."
A distinguished historian brings his monumental trilogy to a stirring conclusion. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"On a highly touchy subject, the authors tread carefully, backing their assertions with copious notes. Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions."
Husband and wife professors at Yale Law School explore why some cultural groups in the United States are generally more successful than others. Read full book review >
AMERICAN FUN by John Beckman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"With a novelist's care for detail and storytelling, Beckman offers a remarkably expansive, if flawed, cultural history."
A lively, entertaining history of American fun. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An inspirational yet grueling read that demonstrates the price some paid for patriotism in a different era and another unpopular war."
Grim account of the torture and isolation suffered by U.S. airmen taken prisoner in North Vietnam. Read full book review >
THE DREAM OF THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL by Lawrence Buell
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"Although readers will encounter many usually canonized suspects, Buell's scope is wide enough to encompass the varieties of novelists' imaginations and to consider the implications of multiculturalism and globalism in redefining the future of American fiction."
A history and investigation of a literary concept that has "refused to die." Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S BOYS by Joshua Zeitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"Fascinating scholarship from Zeitz, who knows how to present history to an audience of nonspecialists."
Zeitz (Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, 2006, etc.) approaches the already overloaded realm of Abraham Lincoln studies from a fresh direction. Read full book review >
HUNDRED DAYS by Nick Lloyd
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A fine account of the Allies' dramatic but ultimately unsatisfying victory in World War I."
Many more books describe World War I's beginning than its end, so readers will welcome this engrossing history covering Allied offensives from July 1918 to the German surrender in November. Read full book review >