PositiveLibrary JournalWith painstaking detail, travel writer Presser tells the incredible story of Pitcairn and the people who have lived there since 1789 ... Presser does an able job blending Pitcairn Island’s dark present with its darker past. Travel enthusiasts and armchair explorers will find a lot to like here.
RaveLibrary JournalRaines weaves together the many complex strands of the Clotilda’s history to compelling effect, including the ways in which its discovery has impacted the descendants of the ship’s survivors ... The most powerful parts of the book explore the ship’s legacy in Africatown, a settlement near Mobile, AL, founded by emancipated survivors of the Clotilda after the Civil War ... Raines effectively blends historical research and journalism into a gripping transatlantic tale of trauma, hope, and reconciliation. An absolutely essential book.
MixedLibrary JournalSedgwick\'s narrative is gripping at times, but it is a substantial oversight that it glosses over the appalling impacts of white railroad expansion on the continent\'s Indigenous peoples ... This will primarily appeal to readers interested in railroad history.
PositiveLibrary JournalSebba’s careful reconstruction of Ethel’s early life depicts both complexity and ordinariness, while Ethel’s letters from prison reveal immense courage in the face of overwhelming suffering ... A deft, chilling, and long overdue biography of an American woman singled out by dark political and cultural forces that were bent on keeping women at home and \'foreign\' ideas out of American minds.
RaveLibrary JournalOtele’s [...] sweeping new history of Black experiences in Europe asks a big question about the nature of history itself ... Particularly powerful is the way Otele leaps between the centuries to lay bare the \'connections across time and space\' that have shaped, and will continue to shape, the identities and lives of African Europeans ... Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is an essential work of historical scholarship that is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.