Best Nonfiction Books of 2013


Released: May 21, 2013

"A wonderfully engaging study executed with a lot of heart."
Before the Greatest Generation, there was the Forgotten Generation of World War I, the remaining members of which are depicted in this gloriously colorful swan song. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 28, 2013

"Unique, devastating, indelible."
An illumination of a crucial battle within "the war to end all wars" redefines the power and possibilities of graphic narratives. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"An exhaustive, unnerving examination of the illusory safety of atomic arms."
The chilling, concise history of America's precarious nuclear arsenal. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"An intelligent, eloquent account of our relations with the inanimate universe."
In a follow-up to Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008), Shubin (Biological Sciences/Univ. of Chicago) delivers an equally engrossing history of life's connections to everything else. Read full book review >
THE FARAWAY NEARBY by Rebecca Solnit
Released: June 13, 2013

"A provocative, moving mélange of personal confession and intellectual inquiry—another sui generis work from one of our most stimulating essayists."
Solnit (A Paradise Built in Hell, 2010, etc.) considers the nature and purposes of storytelling in a series of elegantly nested meditations. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 24, 2013

"A vivid, highly informed portrayal of the personalities, politics and policies dominating "the most important international gathering since the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.""
The director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations revisits the 1944 conference that created "the new global monetary architecture" for the postwar world. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2013

"Fine social history humanized with a sort of paradise-lost wistfulness."
The author of Sissy Nation: How America Became a Nation of Wimps and Stoopits (2008) and other cultural criticisms and histories returns with a long, loving and thoroughly researched look at what he calls "a zone of rogues and outcasts from the start." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"Full of implication, an expertly woven narrative that forces a new look at "the peculiar institution" in a particular time and place."
Exemplary work of history by Pulitzer and Bancroft winner Taylor (History/Univ. of Virginia; Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction, 2012, etc.), who continues his deep-searching studies of American society on either side of the Revolution. Read full book review >