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Best Reported Books of 2019

  • NONFICTION

    ASSAD, OR WE BURN THE COUNTRY

    MAY 28, 2019

HISTORY

ASSAD, OR WE BURN THE COUNTRY

by Sam Dagher

A riveting chronicle from a courageous journalist who was there to witness and report the truth. A book that should... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CATCH AND KILL

    OCT. 15, 2019

  • NONFICTION

    THE GREAT SUCCESSOR

    JUNE 11, 2019

HISTORY

THE GREAT SUCCESSOR

by Anna Fifield

A compelling mix of biography, cultural history, and political intrigue. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY

    SEPT. 10, 2019

HISTORY

THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY

by Garrett M. Graff

Readers who emerge dry-eyed from the text should check their pulses: Something is wrong with their hearts. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL

    FEB. 5, 2019

HISTORY

MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL

by Adam Higginbotham

Written with authority, this superb book reads like a classic disaster story and reveals a Soviet empire on the brink. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SAY NOTHING

    FEB. 26, 2019

HISTORY

SAY NOTHING

by Patrick Radden Keefe

A harrowing story of politically motivated crime that could not have been better told. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE MASTERMIND

    MARCH 5, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE MASTERMIND

by Evan Ratliff

A wholly engrossing story that joins the worlds of El Chapo and Edward Snowden; both disturbing and memorable. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BENEATH THE TAMARIND TREE

    JULY 9, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BENEATH THE TAMARIND TREE

by Isha Sesay

Rich details and dedicated, courageous reporting create a powerful tale of faith, love, and loss. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THEY WILL HAVE TO DIE NOW

    OCT. 21, 2019

HISTORY

THEY WILL HAVE TO DIE NOW

by James Verini

A deeply thoughtful boots-on-the-ground work about a topic that many of us have stopped thinking about. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FALL AND RISE

    APRIL 30, 2019

HISTORY

FALL AND RISE

by Mitchell Zuckoff

Zuckoff did not set out to write a feel-good book, and the subject matter is unquestionably depressing at times.... Full review >

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