Book Reviews

Command and Control
by Eric Schlosser
Michael Goodman explores an idiosyncratic take on the US's attitude to nuclear weapons during the 20th century
The Men Who United the States
by Simon Winchester
Adam IP Smith commends an imaginative survey of the men and institutions responsible for building the United States
Katharine of Aragon: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's First Unfortunate Wife
by Patrick Williams
Sarah Gristwood on an account that aims to shed fresh light on the life of Henry VIII's first wife
Georgian London: Into the Streets
by Lucy Inglis
Tracy Borman applauds an ambitious exploration of everyday life in London during the 18th and 19th centuries
The Republic: The Fight for Irish Independence
by Charles Townshend
Cormac Ó Grada assesses a study of the key individuals and events that shaped Ireland’s path to independence
Book review – Red Fortress: The Secret History of Russia's History
by Catherine Merridale
Simon Dixon praises a history of the Kremlin that examines those who sought to control Russia from behind its walls
The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London
by Hannah Greig
Hallie Rubenhold enjoys a vibrant account of the beau monde, Georgian England’s most influential social clique
The Rainborowes
by Adrian Tinniswood
Claire Jowitt on a biography of one 17th-century family, and its role in religion and war in England and the US
Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women
by Kate Cooper
Peter Heather rates a study of the vital, and previously neglected, role of women in the early Christian church
When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington
by Peter Snow
Andrew Lambert praises a look of the roles of statesmen and servicemen in an often neglected period of US history
The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945–57
by Frank Dikötter
Robert Bickers on a vivid exploration of the bloody reality behind the ‘golden age’ of the Chinese Revolution
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE – 1492 CE
by Simon Schama
Colin Shindler commends the first volume of a witty and wide-reaching history of the Jewish people across centuries