History Book Reviews (page 8)

A SOLDIER ON THE SOUTHERN FRONT by Emilio Lussu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Lussu's philosophy of war was born in the days he lived through and wrote about. Like so many soldiers, he was against it, and most readers will be persuaded to agree with him."
The recovered memoir of a brave Italian soldier in World War I. Read full book review >
THE DARK BOX by John Cornwell
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2014

"Enlisting a legion of voices attesting to their "soul murder" by confessional priests, Cornwell offers another strong indictment of the church."
A haunting study, both scholarly and personal, that situates the practice of confession as the source of the Catholic Church's clerical abuse. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2014

"A fast-paced, riveting account of exploration and settlement, suffering and survival, treachery and death."
A correspondent for Outside recovers a remarkable piece of history: the story of America's first colony on the continent's West coast. Read full book review >
MONEY by Felix Martin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Refreshingly free of jargon and long on ideas—including the thought that if it's money that got us into our current mess, it's money that can get us out of it."
What is money? If you think you know the answer, then you may not have thought hard enough about it, a problem that kings and commoners alike have shared throughout history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Of most interest to military historians and Revolutionary War buffs."
A historian offers a blow-by-blow re-creation of George Washington's 1776 Christmas crossing of the Delaware and the capture of Trenton. Read full book review >

DAUGHTER OF THE KING by Sandra Lansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"For a more mature and nuanced look at the life of Meyer Lansky and his family, look elsewhere. A good place to start: Robert Lacey's Little Man (1991)."
A biography of a true Mafia princess that leaves a lot to the imagination, despite assistance from veteran Hollywood chronicler Stadiem (Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BRIGHT CONTINENT by Dayo Olopade
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"A refreshingly hopeful argument, well-grounded in data and observation—of considerable interest to students of geopolitics, demographics and economic trends."
In her debut book, Nigerian-American journalist Olopade finds qualified cause for optimism about Africa's future. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2014

"As riveting and revealing as a film by an Oscar winner."
Entertainment Weekly writer Harris (Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, 2008) returns with a comprehensive, cleareyed look at the careers of five legendary directors who put their Hollywood lives on freeze-frame while they went off to fight in the only ways they knew how. Read full book review >
KITTY GENOVESE by Kevin Cook
HISTORY
Released: March 3, 2014

"An engrossing true-crime tour de force."
The infamous myth-shrouded murder of Kitty Genovese (1935-1964) receives a much-needed re-evaluation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An intimate, deeply engaging method of following historic events."
Historical ramble through the Revolutionary era via middle sister and intermediary Abigail Adams (1744-1818), who married best. Read full book review >
SAMURAI by John Man
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2014

"Smooth, sophisticated history writing."
Man, a crack biographer of Asian historical figures (Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors, 2012, etc.), tenders a survey of the samurai, the equivalent of Japan's feudal knights. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2014

"A delightful book, fun to read and share—green thumb not required."
From award-winning history and science writer Kassinger (Paradise Under Glass: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden, 2010, etc.), an informal, entertaining account of how early researchers discovered how plants work and what scientists are still learning about plants today. Read full book review >