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Best Books of 2014 for Informed Americans

  • NONFICTION

    CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

    MARCH 10, 2014

HISTORY

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

by Thomas Piketty translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Essential reading for citizens of the here and now. Other economists should marvel at how that plain language can be put to... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE DIVIDE

    APRIL 8, 2014

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE DIVIDE

by Matt Taibbi

Rising from the text is a miasma of corporate and political malfeasance and immorality that mocks the platitudes of... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE

    SEPT. 23, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE

by Jeff Hobbs

An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LINCOLN AND THE POWER OF THE PRESS

    OCT. 14, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LINCOLN AND THE POWER OF THE PRESS

by Harold Holzer

An exhaustive feat of research with a focused structure and robust prose. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WILLIAM WELLS BROWN

    OCT. 6, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    THE TRUE AMERICAN

    MAY 5, 2014

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE TRUE AMERICAN

by Anand Giridharadas

A compelling, nuanced look at the shifting, volatile meaning of American identity in the post-9/11 era. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY

    JAN. 14, 2014

HISTORY

THE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY

by Greg Grandin

Deeply researched and well-written, this book will appeal to general readers and specialists alike. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FLASH BOYS

    MARCH 31, 2014

NONFICTION

FLASH BOYS

by Michael Lewis

If you’ve ever had the feeling that the system is out for itself at your expense, well, look no further. A riveting,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE

    AUG. 5, 2014

HISTORY

THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE

by Rick Perlstein

A compelling, astute chronicle of the politics and culture of late-20th-century America. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FORCING THE SPRING

    APRIL 22, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD

    SEPT. 9, 2014

HISTORY

THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD

by Edward E. Baptist

Though some readers may find the narrative occasionally tedious, this is a complicated story involving staggering... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    UNCERTAIN JUSTICE

    JUNE 3, 2014

NONFICTION

UNCERTAIN JUSTICE

by Laurence Tribe ; Joshua Matz

A well-researched, unsettling investigation of recent trends in the nation’s highest court. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

    SEPT. 16, 2014

HISTORY

THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

by Lawrence Wright

A unique moment in history superbly captured. Yet another triumph for Wright. Full review >

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