• NONFICTION

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    MAY 1, 2012

BUSINESS

PRIVATE EMPIRE

by Steve Coll

Leaks, reserves, PACs, hydrofracking, bloated corporate profits and more: all pertinent concerns nicely handled by Coll in... Full review >

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    THE HOLY OR THE BROKEN

    DEC. 4, 2012

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    SEASON OF THE WITCH

    MAY 8, 2012

HISTORY

SEASON OF THE WITCH

by David Talbot

Though he’s a little too enamored with “angel-headed hipsters” and “fairy dust,” Talbot takes the reader much deeper than... Full review >

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    THE PRESIDENTS CLUB

    MAY 8, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE PRESIDENTS CLUB

by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

In a well-researched, disinterested analysis, the authors show that collisions of ego, personality and politics can often... Full review >

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NONFICTION

DARKEST AMERICA

by Yuval Taylor & Jake Austen

An innovative, marvelous book about comedy, stereotypes and the struggle to steer through the sometimes-fierce internal... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHEN AMERICA FIRST MET CHINA

    SEPT. 10, 2012

HISTORY

WHEN AMERICA FIRST MET CHINA

by Eric Jay Dolin

A rich, highly readable examination of the seeds of poppies, trade, greed, grandeur and an international partnership that... Full review >

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CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

ON POLITICS

by Alan Ryan

Provocative, illuminating and entertaining—an exemplary work of philosophy and history whose author's deep learning is... Full review >

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    THE PARTNERSHIP

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE PARTNERSHIP

by Philip Taubman

Will the partnership prevail? Stay tuned, but hope for the best—for, they warn, “[i]f urgent steps are not taken to rein in... Full review >

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    THE TWILIGHT WAR

    JULY 23, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE TWILIGHT WAR

by David Crist

Some casual readers may be turned off by the page count, but this is likely to be the authoritative history of the origins... Full review >

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    IRON CURTAIN

    NOV. 27, 2012

HISTORY

IRON CURTAIN

by Anne Applebaum

A dark but hopeful chronicle that shows how even humanity’s worst can fracture and fall. Full review >

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    THE MANSION OF HAPPINESS

    JUNE 7, 2012

HISTORY

THE MANSION OF HAPPINESS

by Jill Lepore

A superb examination of the never-ending effort to enhance life, as well as the commensurate refusal to ever let it go. Full review >

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    SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, SHIELD OF FAITH

    FEB. 28, 2012

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    38 NOOSES

    DEC. 4, 2012

HISTORY

38 NOOSES

by Scott W. Berg

A captivating tale of an oft-overlooked, morally ambiguous moment in American history. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    POWER, INC.

    MARCH 6, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

POWER, INC.

by David Rothkopf

Rothkopf delivers a lively, accessible treatment of a multifaceted, complex subject. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SUBVERSIVES

    AUG. 21, 2012

HISTORY

SUBVERSIVES

by Seth Rosenfeld

A potent reminder of the explosiveness of 1960s politics and how far elements of the government were (and perhaps still are)... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RISE TO GREATNESS

    OCT. 30, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

RISE TO GREATNESS

by David Von Drehle

A thoroughly engaging examination of the irreversible changes emerging from a year when the nation’s very survival remained... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HAITI

    JAN. 3, 2012

HISTORY

HAITI

by Laurent Dubois

A profound demonstration of what needs to be recognized, reconciled and forgiven if current crises are to be overcome. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DESERT AMERICA

    AUG. 7, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

DESERT AMERICA

by Rubén Martínez

Less self-absorbed than Luis Alberto Urrea, less cynical than Charles Bowden, less otherly obsessed than William... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FREEDOM'S CAP

    MARCH 6, 2012

HISTORY

FREEDOM'S CAP

by Guy Gugliotta

Impressive research underlies a well-told story that’s simultaneously depressing (what a nasty species we are) and inspiring... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SAVAGE CONTINENT

    JULY 3, 2012

HISTORY

SAVAGE CONTINENT

by Keith Lowe

Authoritative but never dry, stripping away soothing myths of national unity and victimhood, this is a painful but necessary... Full review >

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    CONSIDER THE FORK

    OCT. 9, 2012

HISTORY

CONSIDER THE FORK

by Bee Wilson

Rarely has a book with so much information been such an entertaining read. Full review >

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    CITY

    JUNE 1, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

CITY

by P.D. Smith

As exciting, sprawling and multifarious as a shining city on a hill. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CITY OF PROMISES

    SEPT. 24, 2012

HISTORY

CITY OF PROMISES

by Deborah Dash Moore & edited by Howard B. Rock & Annie Polland & Daniel Soyer & Jeffrey S. Gurock Diana Linden

Such a large historical project could have easily descended into tedious and dry academia, but instead, all three volumes... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RED PLENTY

    FEB. 14, 2012

HISTORY

RED PLENTY

by Francis Spufford

A highly creative, illuminating, genre-resisting history. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LINCOLN'S CODE

    SEPT. 4, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LINCOLN'S CODE

by John Fabian Witt

Truly remarkable, composed with all the precision and insight you expect from a law professor, marked by all the elegance... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HELLO GOODBYE HELLO

    AUG. 7, 2012

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HELLO GOODBYE HELLO

by Craig Brown

Brown is as smart as he is puckish, and there are plenty of laughs on this terrific trip through modern fame. Full review >

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