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Best Current Affairs Books of 2014

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    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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    THE SEA INSIDE

    APRIL 8, 2014

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THE SEA INSIDE

by Philip Hoare

A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy. Full review >

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    THE SNOWDEN FILES

    FEB. 11, 2014

NONFICTION

THE SNOWDEN FILES

by Luke Harding

Whether you view Snowden’s act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first... Full review >

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    FORCING THE SPRING

    APRIL 22, 2014

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    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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    ON IMMUNITY

    SEPT. 30, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

ON IMMUNITY

by Eula Biss

Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal... Full review >

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    THE HUMAN AGE

    SEPT. 10, 2014

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THE HUMAN AGE

by Diane Ackerman

Through compelling and meditative prose, Ackerman delivers top-notch insight on the contemporary human condition. Full review >

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    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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    ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

    NOV. 11, 2014

NONFICTION

ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

by Gaia Vince

A well-documented, upbeat alternative to doom-and-gloom prognostications. Full review >

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    A DEADLY WANDERING

    SEPT. 23, 2014

NONFICTION

A DEADLY WANDERING

by Matt Richtel

Comprehensive research underlies this compelling, highly emotional and profoundly important story. Full review >

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    POLITICAL ORDER AND POLITICAL DECAY

    OCT. 1, 2014

HISTORY

POLITICAL ORDER AND POLITICAL DECAY

by Francis Fukuyama

Systematic, thorough and even hopeful fodder for reform-minded political observers. Full review >

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    HACK ATTACK

    AUG. 12, 2014

NONFICTION

HACK ATTACK

by Nick Davies

No one does scandal quite like the British; this one is a real doozy that deserves Davies’ entertaining, no-stone-unturned... Full review >

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    HACKER, HOAXER, WHISTLEBLOWER, SPY

    NOV. 4, 2014

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

HACKER, HOAXER, WHISTLEBLOWER, SPY

by Gabriella Coleman

An intensive, potent profile of contemporary digital activism at its most unsettling—and most effective. Full review >

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