Isabel’s voice is strong in this first-person narrative; though the war is the backdrop, this is her personal story, her meditation on family, loyalty, slavery, freedom, and the principles behind the Revolution. Anderson’s appendix offers much additional historical detail in the form of responses to questions.
...reads like a mashup of “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Great Escape,” with a sprinkling of “Ocean’s 11” thrown in for good measure.
It’s a gripping finish to an epic journey that speaks resoundingly to the human capacity to persevere.
The author’s pleasure is palpable. Perhaps those cathartic passages alone will persuade other retiring generals to ditch the memoirs for fiction.
I had wondered what would cause these two to examine their relationship and move past the easy and physical. Some hard truths smack them in the face and cause some true soul searching. It isn’t easy and definitely not pretty but it’s what was needed for them to reach a HEA I can buy into for the long term.
As Millard concludes, he had proved himself exemplary: “resilient, resourceful and, even in the face of extreme danger, utterly unruffled.” A fresh, captivating history of the enduringly colorful Churchill.
Shatner is a fine actor with some terrific book credits but his latest effort is somewhat disappointing.
Readers of history will have learned the same lessons from John Dower's Embracing Defeat or Richard Frank's Downfall, two of many rich accounts of the war against Japan. But that's not O'Reilly's way; he views history as another lens through which he can view himself. It's time for the killing to stop.
Mathilde is timid and strong, childlike and complex, vividly narrating her story in great detail, encompassing myriad characters and events, all without censoring her fears...Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant.
The life stories of Lincoln, Davis and Macdonald promise much but deliver little, and there are too few surprises in Laxer’s account of them. Perhaps this is because he’s done little research of his own, instead relying on a pretty narrow selection of books by other historians.
Christopher Goscha’s thorough and thoughtful new history of Vietnam counters these simple portrayals with large and welcome doses of complexity.
Photographs and inset sidebars provide supplementary historical information. Without oversimplifying, McCormick offers a lucid history of the rise of Nazi Germany and a dramatic account of one man’s resistance to evil.
What is most haunting about the novel is Ms. Konar’s ability to depict the hell that was Auschwitz...plot points can seem melodramatic and contrived, and Ms. Konar’s prose occasionally eddies into self-consciously pretty writing...
This is a book that makes one kneel before the elegance of the human spirit and the yearning that is at the essence of every life.
A thorough and accessible introduction to the Holocaust and the students who dared to take a stand against evil.
In a prodigious display of historical research, Taylor has drawn on nearly a thousand books and articles, listed in his 55-page bibliography...Sometimes Taylor’s emphasis on irony and contradiction slips into anachronism.
There’s no question that Smith was an accomplished and loyal soldier who served her country well, but readers will be left wondering why she didn’t address crucial aspects of service.
Overall, this is not a book written under the sign of the “global turn” in history. Instead, in the end, it is high politics and war that Evans ends up stressing.
This book will become required reading for the present-day Labour party as it tears itself apart in a desperate attempt to redefine a credible socialism for the 21st century.
"Scarred’s pace is nearly cinematic, every action scene ripping with desperate man-to-man violence...Historical fiction and Civil War buffs will wish Scarred were closer to the epic length of Gone with the Wind, simply because the subject never grows tiresome."