Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (History/Investigative Journalism, April 2017). An award-winning journalist and author of the great best-seller The Lost City of Z, Grann delivers another painstakingly researched and fascinating piece of historical investigation with this book. Among the many terrible betrayals greedy whites inflicted […]Read more "REVIEWED: Killers of the Flower Moon"
Everything You Love Will Burn by Vegas Tenold (Nonfiction/Investigative Journalism, February 2018). Originally from Norway, the author is an investigative journalist who graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and has covered important stories all over the world. His focus for the last six years was on documenting and trying to understand America’s various White Nationalist/White […]Read more "REVIEWED: Everything You Love Will Burn"
Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae (History/Politics/White Supremacy Movements, 2018). Massive Resistance is the term social scientists usually give for how some white Americans sought to oppose racial desegregation, especially in the South in the 1950s and ’60s. The usual focus of scholarly and/or academic studies of this history is on the activities of […]Read more "REVIEWED: Mothers of Massive Resistance"
Dare Not Linger by Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa and Graca Machel (Memoir/Biography/Recent History, 2017). While thoroughly readable and interesting, this book is a somewhat odd blend of personal memoir and political biography. It was originally conceived as the former, a direct sequel to the former South African President’s best-selling account of his life and his famous […]Read more "REVIEWED: Dare Not Linger"
Empress of the East by Leslie Peirce (Historical Biography, 2017). Leslie Peirce is a recognized authority on the Ottoman Empire and its unique royal harem practices. She takes on her most challenging topic yet in this striking account of the one woman who rose from slavery to be the legal wife of a great Sultan and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Empress of the East"
Grant by Ron Chernow (Historical Biography, 2017). Chernow, an award-winning biographer, tackles another key figure in American history in this, his latest book. He produces a richly detailed and forthright account of the man known to us as US Grant. With obvious sympathy and appreciation of his subject’s often underrated abilities, Chernow nonetheless doesn’t shy away […]Read more "REVIEWED: Grant"
The Mysterious Private Thompson by Laura Leedy Gansler (Civil War History, 2017). This true story is a carefully researched and capably written book from the author of an earlier book acclaimed by the LA Times as a Best book of 2002. It’s the latest (and the most even-handed) effort to tell the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Mysterious Private Thompson"