2017 Nominees: nonfiction (page 19)

JONATHAN SWIFT by John Stubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A rich and sweeping story superbly told."
A resplendent biography of the "most notorious writer of his day." Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD by Daniel Beer
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An eye-opening, haunting work that delineates how a vast imperial penal system crumbled from its rotten core."
An elucidating study of how Russia's east was won—by hard labor. Read full book review >
FINKS by Joel Whitney
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Another odd episode steps out from the Cold War's shadows. Riveting."
Who would have thought that the Zen-saintly author of The Snow Leopard might have been a spook? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Literate and lucid—a fine complement and corrective to the ancient sources."
Lively study of the Peloponnesian War by noted classicist Roberts (Classics and History/City Coll. of New York; Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
DEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT by John Nixon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An intelligent and readable postscript to the Iraq War that will be valuable for future historians."
A report on the CIA's interrogation of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (1937-2006). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A book of big ideas backed by fine-grained analyses, worthy of attention by readers with an interest in history and contemporary events alike."
A sometimes-counterintuitive but always fascinating interrogation of the history and uses of war. Read full book review >
WHIPLASH by Joi Ito
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This exhilarating and authoritative book actually makes sense of our incredibly fast-paced, high-tech society. A standout among titles on technology and innovation, it will repay reading—and rereading—by leaders in all fields."
Two cybergurus offer a "user's manual to the twenty-first century." Read full book review >
GEORGE LUCAS by Brian Jay Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Masterful and engaging: just what Lucas' fans and buffs, who love the nitty-gritty of filmmaking, have been waiting for."
A sweeping, perceptive biography of the influential director. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Essential reading for comics fans and history buffs, Krazy is a roaring success, providing an indispensable new perspective on turn-of-the-century America."
A revelatory biography of the influential "Krazy Kat" creator George Herriman (1880-1944). Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wide-ranging, irreverent, and absorbing meditation on thinking, knowing, and being."
What are we? That question informs the author's fertile inquiry into mind, brain, and imagination. Read full book review >
THE WARS OF THE ROOSEVELTS by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Perhaps best known for his popular film biographies and histories, and thus no stranger to tales of scandal and coverup, feuds and intrigue, Mann writes sympathetically about all the Roosevelts but particularly the black sheep, the nonconformists whose births into this powerful family imposed special burdens."
A compulsively readable account of the decadeslong rivalries, grudges, and battles between and within the Roosevelt families of Oyster Bay and Hyde Park. Read full book review >
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION by Ian Davidson
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An invaluable history of the French Revolution and its repercussions through the years."
What we don't know about the French Revolution could fill a book; Davidson (Voltaire: A Life, 2010, etc.) has done just that—in spades. Read full book review >

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