"The Regency Years reads like a romance novel of its period without the novel but makes an entertaining nonfiction read with superior prose and di
“Rubenhold does a commendable job in bringing these women on stage and through their stories illuminating the appalling reality behind the veneer of Victorian complacency.
Claire Harman’s Murder by the Book begins in chaos and mystery: the body of 73-year-old aristocrat Lord William Russell is discovered in his own bed in his Mayfair mansion, hi
“In spite of the depth and detail of this book, it is a fast read and worth sitting with a cup of tea by a warm fire from first page to last.”
“The book is not a complete history of U.S.-British relations, but instead a narrower and more focused look at how as empires Britain and America struggled for power and influence.
“Andrew Roberts has written the best single-volume biography of Winston Churchill to date.”
"Despite the volume of this book and its controversial interpretations, it makes a fast easy adventure in reading.
“For students of history, and also for casual readers who simply enjoy learning new and unusual aspects of history, this book is a real gem.
On June 21, 1969, an estimated three-quarters of the British population tuned into Royal Family, a fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary that captured the royals as surprisingly ord
“describes the sweeping changes to England’s economy, government, culture, and influence in Europe . . .”
“Fascinating and atmospheric, the narrative is complimented with beautifully illustrated images . . . For anyone who loves Dublin . . .”
The blood soaked epic rise of the Tudors from powerful family to self-made royalty is one of the great political dramas in history.
“a marvelous companion to this series, with wonderful illustrations and an engaging backstory . . .”
“a fascinating and informative account of the personal lives of the Tudors.”
For those who enjoy reading a well-told tale of historical nonfiction, this could be that story. But be forewarned that it comes with at least two caveats to be explained below.
“Drink it in with a cup of Earl Grey Tea on a cold winter evening.”
It is hard to wrap one’s mind around a thirteen-year-old child in Victorian England killing his mother, and yet in Kate Summerscale’s book The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murde
Charles Moore’s second volume biography of Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher at Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow addresses her rise to the top and her stay there for eleven
Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island,
“does an admirable job of showing how national identity, myth-making, and popular culture can influence the historical narrative . . .”
“good storytelling built on solid scholarship . . .”
“. . . a well-written piece of investigative journalism that asks some deeply troubling questions . . .”
“. . . an entertaining account that strings together fascinating factoids into a tapestry of urban history and cultural anthropology.”
“Alan Jacobs offers a handy introduction to the cultural and social effects . . . of this book . . .”
“. . . a richly researched, carefully crafted, balanced history of personal privacy . . .”