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Best Books of 2013 on Politics, Current Affairs and Social Sciences

  • NONFICTION

    GUN GUYS

    MARCH 7, 2013

NONFICTION

GUN GUYS

by Dan Baum

Though many liberals will dislike Baum’s conclusions (and gun rights crusaders may distrust him regardless), he offers a... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TOMS RIVER

    MARCH 19, 2013

  • NONFICTION

    FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL

    SEPT. 10, 2013

NONFICTION

FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL

by Sheri Fink

With apparent effortlessness, Fink tells the Memorial story with cogency and atmosphere. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

    OCT. 1, 2013

HISTORY

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

by David Finkel

A real war story with a jarring but critical message for the American people. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE TENDER SOLDIER

    AUG. 13, 2013

HISTORY

THE TENDER SOLDIER

by Vanessa M. Gezari

Although his subject was Iraq, Peter Van Buren covered the same ground in his hilarious We Meant Well (2011). Gezari eschews... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TO AMERICA WITH LOVE

    JULY 9, 2013

HISTORY

TO AMERICA WITH LOVE

by A.A. Gill

A stirring, funny, thought-provoking appreciation of the place, the idea, the experiment, the United States of America. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GOOD NURSE

    APRIL 9, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE GOOD NURSE

by Charles Graeber

A thrilling and suspenseful page-turner that is sure to be loved by the majority of readers, who will be both horrified and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LOST GIRLS

    JULY 9, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

LOST GIRLS

by Robert Kolker

An important examination of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that can shape a woman’s entry into prostitution. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SALT SUGAR FAT

    MARCH 12, 2013

BUSINESS

SALT SUGAR FAT

by Michael Moss

A shocking, galvanizing manifesto against the corporations manipulating nutrition to fatten their bottom line—one of the... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE UNWINDING

    MAY 21, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE UNWINDING

by George Packer

Exemplary journalism that defines a sobering, even depressing matter. A foundational document in the literature of the end... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    COMMAND AND CONTROL

    SEPT. 17, 2013

HISTORY

COMMAND AND CONTROL

by Eric Schlosser

An exhaustive, unnerving examination of the illusory safety of atomic arms. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    EBONY AND IVY

    SEPT. 17, 2013

HISTORY

EBONY AND IVY

by Craig Steven Wilder

A groundbreaking history that will no doubt contribute to a reappraisal of some deep-rooted founding myths. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GOING CLEAR

    JAN. 17, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

GOING CLEAR

by Lawrence Wright

A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid “religion” and the faithful held in its sweaty grip. Full review >

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