Sunday Evening Book Reviews

Glenn C. Altschuler on editors Susan Weber, Kenneth Ames and Matthew Wittman’s The American Circus: ” Beautifully illustrated, informative, and engaging, The American Circus will delight kids of all ages.” (

Bruce Ramsey on Bernard Bailyn’s The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675: “…a fine piece of work by a historian who is now 90, and still has something to say about the period he has studied all his life.” (Seattle Times)

Simon Callow on Michael Slater’s The Great Charles Dickens Scandal: “…a wise and witty look at Dickens and his women.” (The Guardian)

Michiko Kakutani on David Nasaw’s The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy: “The most compelling portions of this very long volume deal with Kennedy’s contentious relationship with Roosevelt, whom he had campaigned for and who had made him the first chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.. ” (NYTimes)

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