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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of the Year

The New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of the Year are listed below. The star rating and number of reviews are from Amazon.com. In parentheses after the star rating and number of reviews are the number of pages in the book and any other awards that the book was a finalist for. Award names in red indicate the the book was the winner of that award. Click the buy from Amazon.com link to be taken to the Amazon.com website where you can purchase the book from the premier online bookseller.

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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2011
THE BOY IN THE MOON: A Father's Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son by Ian Brown
35 reviews (2011) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman
52 reviews (2011) (p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non)
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Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
78 reviews (2011) (p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
338 reviews (2011) (p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Malcolm X by Manning Marable
206 reviews (2011) (608p) (PP Bio) (PP His) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2010
Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans
39 reviews (2010) (672p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
1305 reviews (2010) (592p) (PP Non) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (ALA Non)
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Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
398 reviews (2010) (384p) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non)
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Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim
66 reviews (2010) (480p) (NYTimes Non)
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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
1649 reviews (2010) (480p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2009
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
293 reviews (2009) (576p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non)
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The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
147 reviews (2009) (304p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
132 reviews (2009) (576p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (ALA Non)
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Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr
163 reviews (2009) (400p) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non)
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Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka
23 reviews (2009) (592p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2008
Nothing To Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
34 reviews (2008) (256p) (NYTimes Non)
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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
249 reviews (2008) (368p) (PP His) (NBCCA Non) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
306 reviews (2008) (384p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (ALA Non)
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The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French
19 reviews (2008) (576p) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non)
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The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer
185 reviews (2008) (400p) (NBCCA Non) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2007
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
184 reviews (2006) (336p) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non)
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The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History by Linda Colley
11 reviews (2007) (400p) (NYTimes Non)
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Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
147 reviews (2007) (304p) (NYTimes Non)
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The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
151 reviews (2007) (640p) (PP Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non)
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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
273 reviews (2007) (384p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2006
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
621 reviews (2006) (480p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
1274 reviews (2006) (464p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non)
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The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
221 reviews (2006) (320p) (NYTimes Non)
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Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir by Danielle Trussoni
46 reviews (2006) (256p) (NYTimes Non)
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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
688 reviews (2006) (480p) (PP Non) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2005
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
975 reviews (2005) (240p) (NBCCA Autobio) (PP Bio) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon 05 C50) (Amazon 05 E50) (Amazon 05 CBio)
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The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
105 reviews (2005) (288p) (NYTimes Non)
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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
181 reviews (2005) (896p) (PP Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon 05 EHis)
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The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer
147 reviews (2005) (480p) (PP Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (ALA Non) (Amazon 05 ECE)
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De Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens
56 reviews (2004) (752p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (Amazon Dec EBio)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2004
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
711 reviews (2004) (832p) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (ALA Non) (Amazon Dec CBio) (Amazon 04 C50) (Amazon 04 E50)
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Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan
326 reviews (2004) (320p) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (Amazon 04 C50) (Amazon 04 E50)
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Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
299 reviews (2004) (384p) (PP His) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt
225 reviews (2004) (384p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (Amazon 04 E50)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2003
The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander
150 reviews (2003) (512p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non) (Amazon 03 E50)
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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
271 reviews (2003) (432p) (NBCCA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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LIVING TO TELL THE TALE by Gabriel García Márquez
53 reviews (2003) (496p) (NYTimes Non)
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Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
86 reviews (2003) (908p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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SAMUEL PEPYS: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin
37 reviews (2003) (528p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2002
ANTHONY BLUNT: His Lives by Miranda Carter
18 reviews (2002) (592p) (NYTimes Non)
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SEEING IN THE DARK by Timothy Ferris
24 reviews (2002) (400p) (NYTimes Non)
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BAD BLOOD by James H. Jones
19 reviews (2002) (288p) (NYTimes Non) (NYTimes Non)
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PARIS 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan
167 reviews (2002) (624p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2001
Borrowed Finery by Paula Fox
19 reviews (2001) (224p) (NYTimes Non)
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John Adams by David McCullough
1508 reviews (2001) (736p) (PP Bio) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (ALA Non) (Amazon Dec CBio) (Amazon Dec C50) (Amazon 01 C50) (Amazon 01 E50)
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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
128 reviews (2001) (568p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non)
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Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks
86 reviews (2001) (352p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 2000
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1203 reviews (2000) (496p) (PP Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (ALA Non) (Amazon 00 C50)
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Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War by Frances FitzGerald
44 reviews (2000) (592p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non)
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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley
210 reviews (2000) (344p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Rimbaud by Graham Robb
21 reviews (2000) (544p) (NYTimes Non)
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One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate by Tom Segev
46 reviews (2000) (624p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 1999
Reading the Holocaust by Inga Clendinnen
5 reviews (1999) (238p) (NYTimes Non)
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The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness by Antonio R. Damasio
56 reviews (1999) (400p) (NYTimes Non)
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Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834 by Richard Holmes
14 reviews (1999) (656p) (NYTimes Non)
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The First World War by John Keegan
206 reviews (1999) (528p) (NYTimes Non)
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An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton by Richard A. Posner
40 reviews (1999) (288p) (NYTimes Non)
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Morgan: American Financier by Jean Strouse
39 reviews (1999) (848p) (NYTimes Non)
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Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
25 reviews (1999) (624p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 1998
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
54 reviews (1998) (768p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey
50 reviews (1998) (400p) (NYTimes Non)
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
232 reviews (1998) (368p) (NYTimes Non)
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To End a War by Richard Holbrooke
39 reviews (1998) (464p) (NYTimes Non)
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Victor Hugo by Graham Robb
5 reviews (1998) (720p) (NYTimes Non)
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The Unknown Matisse: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Early Years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling
14 reviews (1998) (480p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 1997
Huxley by Adrian Desmond
9 reviews (1997) (820p) (NYTimes Non)
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The Whole Shebang by Timothy Ferris
66 reviews (1997) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
1588 reviews (1997) (368p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee
9 reviews (1997) (944p) (NYTimes Non)
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American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maier
24 reviews (1997) (336p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 1996
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
376 reviews (1996) (368p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction by David Quammen
71 reviews (1996) (704p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan Raban
46 reviews (1997) (p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to Conquer, 1908-1958 by Cary Reich
1 reviews (1996) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 1995
ZOLA: A Life by Frederick Brown
2 reviews (1995) (888p) (NYTimes Non)
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IN CONFIDENCE by Anatoly Dobrynin
3 reviews (1995) (688p) (NYTimes Non)
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Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
121 reviews (1995) (720p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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OVERCOMING LAW by Richard A. Posner
6 reviews (1995) (608p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE HAUNTED LAND: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg
18 reviews (1995) (464p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE LIFE OF GRAHAM GREENE: Volume Two: 1939-1955 by Norman Sherry
5 reviews (1995) (400p) (NYTimes Non)
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STALIN AND THE BOMB: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 by David Holloway
5 reviews (1994) (480p) (NYTimes Non)
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W. E. B. DU BOIS: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis
10 reviews (1994) (752p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT by Steven Pinker
112 reviews (1994) (576p) (NYTimes Non)
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BALZAC: A Life by Graham Robb
5 reviews (1994) (521p) (NYTimes Non)
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CONQUEST: Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas
36 reviews (1994) (832p) (NYTimes Non)
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NATURALIST by Edward O. Wilson
15 reviews (1994) (416p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE MORAL ANIMAL: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life by Robert Wright
128 reviews (1994) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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Before Night Falls: A Memoir by Reinaldo Arenas
48 reviews (1993) (336p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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THE FATE OF THE ELEPHANT by Douglas H. Chadwick
4 reviews (1993) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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TRAVELS WITH LIZBETH by Lars Eighner
19 reviews (1993) (271p) (NYTimes Non)
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SHYLOCK: A Legend and Its Legacy by John Gross
1 reviews (1993) (384p) (NYTimes Non)
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Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert D. Kaplan
122 reviews (1993) (368p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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A MOMENT OF WAR: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War by Laurie Lee
5 reviews (1993) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick
40 reviews (1993) (624p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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The Last Panda by George B. Schaller
5 reviews (1993) (312p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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THE ANT AND THE PEACOCK: Altruism and Sexual Selection From Darwin to Today by Helena Cronin
3 reviews (1992) (504p) (NYTimes Non)
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KISSINGER: A Biography by Walter Isaacson
20 reviews (1992) (896p) (NYTimes Non)
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Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
89 reviews (1992) (316p) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills
61 reviews (1992) (320p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
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THE JOURNALS OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
6 reviews (1991) (416p) (NYTimes Non)
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CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED by Daniel C. Dennett
112 reviews (1991) (528p) (NYTimes Non)
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HOLOCAUST TESTIMONIES: The Ruins of Memory by Lawrence L. Langer
5 reviews (1991) (235p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE TRUTH ABOUT CHERNOBYL by Grigory Medvedev
37 reviews (1991) (144p) (NYTimes Non)
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A LIFE OF PICASSO: Volume One, 1881-1906 by John Richardson
8 reviews (1991) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR: A Biography by Deirdre Bair
6 reviews (1990) (718p) (NYTimes Non)
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VLADIMIR NABOKOV: The Russian Years by Brian Boyd
5 reviews (1990) (608p) (NYTimes Non)
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TROPICAL GANGSTERS by Robert Klitgaard
12 reviews (1990) (296p) (NYTimes Non)
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BITING AT THE GRAVE: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair by Padraig O'Malley
4 reviews (1990) (340p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE SEARCH FOR MODERN CHINA by Jonathan D. Spence
53 reviews (1990) (728p) (NYTimes Non)
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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: The Authorized Biography of T. E. Lawrence by Jeremy Wilson
7 reviews (1990) (1188p) (NYTimes Non)
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FROM BEIRUT TO JERUSALEM by Thomas L. Friedman
191 reviews (1989) (541p) (NYTimes Non)
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A PEACE TO END ALL PEACE: Creating the Modern Middle East 1914-1922 by David Fromkin
139 reviews (1989) (635p) (NYTimes Non)
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FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA: A Life by Ian Gibson
4 reviews (1989) (592p) (NYTimes Non)
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HAROLD MACMILLAN: Volume One: 1894-1956. Volume Two: 1957-1986 by Alistair Horne
175 reviews (1989) (541p) (NYTimes Non)
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CITIZENS: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama
61 reviews (1989) (976p) (NYTimes Non)
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HOW WAR CAME: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-1939 by Donald Cameron Watt
  reviews (1989) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE MAGIC LANTERN: An Autobiography by Ingmar Bergman
5 reviews (1988) (314p) (NYTimes Non)
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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch
143 reviews (1988) (952p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non)
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COMING OF AGE IN THE MILKY WAY by Timothy Ferris
30 reviews (1988) (512p) (NYTimes Non)
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen W. Hawking
328 reviews (1988) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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BERNARD SHAW: Volume One, 1856-1898: The Search for Love by Michael Holroyd
5 reviews (1988) (264p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT POWERS: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000 by Paul Kennedy
73 reviews (1988) (926p) (NYTimes Non)
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ORIGINAL INTENT AND THE FRAMERS' CONSTITUTION by Leonard W. Levy
7 reviews (1988) (543p) (NYTimes Non)
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson
217 reviews (1988) (952p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non)
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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
86 reviews (1988) (896p) (PP His) (NYTimes Non)
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LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI by Nien Cheng
137 reviews (1987) (560p) (NYTimes Non)
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CHAOS: Making a New Science by James Gleick
115 reviews (1987) (368p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE FATAL SHORE by Robert Hughes
64 reviews (1987) (752p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE ICE: A Journey to Antarctica by Stephen J. Pyne
5 reviews (1987) (428p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB by Richard Rhodes
172 reviews (1987) (928p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age by Simon Schama
21 reviews (1987) (720p) (NYTimes Non)
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EVELYN WAUGH: The Early Years 1903-1939 by Martin Stannard
1 reviews (1987) (576p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE TRULY DISADVANTAGED: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy by William Julius Wilson
6 reviews (1987) (261p) (NYTimes Non)
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VEIL: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 by Bob Woodward
13 reviews (1987) (592p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE VANISHED IMAM: Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon by Fouad Ajami
3 reviews (1986) (228p) (NYTimes Non)
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VELAZQUEZ: Painter and Courtier by Jonathan Brown
7 reviews (1986) (323p) (NYTimes Non)
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FDR: The New York Years: 1928-1933 by Kenneth S. Davis
  reviews (1986) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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CROSSING THE LINE: A Year in the Land of Apartheid by William Finnegan
3 reviews (1986) (464p) (NYTimes Non)
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A MACHINE THAT WOULD GO OF ITSELF: The Constitution in American Culture by Michael Kammen
1 reviews (1986) (550p) (NYTimes Non)
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ARCTIC DREAMS: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez
35 reviews (1986) (496p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE LIFE OF LANGSTON HUGHES: Volume One: 1902-1941. I, Too, Sing America by Arnold Rampersad
  reviews (1986) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
134 reviews (1986) (256p) (NYTimes Non)
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ARAB AND JEW: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler
22 reviews (1986) (608p) (NYTimes Non)
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JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES: Volume One: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920 by Robert Skidelsky
  reviews (1986) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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FOOTSTEPS: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer by Richard Holmes
7 reviews (1985) (292p) (NYTimes Non)
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HOUSE by Tracy Kidder
34 reviews (1985) (352p) (NYTimes Non)
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MOVE YOUR SHADOW: South Africa, Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld
2 reviews (1985) (390p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE PERIODIC TABLE by Primo Levi
41 reviews (1985) (240p) (NYTimes Non)
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COMMON GROUND: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas
17 reviews (1985) (688p) (NYTimes Non)
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ALL FALL DOWN: America's Tragic Encounter With Iran by Gary Sick
4 reviews (1985) (432p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE ABANDONMENT OF THE JEWS: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945 by David S. Wyman
16 reviews (1985) (488p) (NYTimes Non)
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WITH A DAUGHTER'S EYE: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson by Mary Catherine Bateson
2 reviews (1984) (368p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE BOURGEOIS EXPERIENCE: Victoria to Freud. Volume One: Education of the Senses by Peter Gay
40 reviews (1984) (240p) (NYTimes Non)
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IN HER OWN RIGHT: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Elisabeth Griffith
5 reviews (1984) (304p) (NYTimes Non)
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DAWN TO THE WEST: Japanese Literature in the Modern Era by Donald Keene
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THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience by William Shawcross
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THE MEMORY PALACE OF MATTEO RICCI by Jonathan D. Spence
21 reviews (1984) (368p) (NYTimes Non)
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DEADLY GAMBITS: The Reagan Administration and the Stalemate in Nuclear Arms Control by Strobe Talbott
  reviews (1984) (380p) (NYTimes Non)
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BROTHERS AND KEEPERS by John Edgar Wideman
14 reviews (1984) (272p) (NYTimes Non)
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WALT WHITMAN: The Making of the Poet by Paul Zweig
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 1983
ATTLEE by Kenneth Harris
1 reviews (1983) (640p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE PRICE OF POWER by Seymour M. Hersh
5 reviews (1983) (p) (NYTimes Non)
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MODERN TIMES by Paul Johnson
110 reviews (1983) (880p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE ROSENBERG FILE by Ronald Radosh
8 reviews (1983) (649p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN MEDICINE by Paul Starr
18 reviews (1983) (528p) (NYTimes Non)
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HUGGING THE SHORE by John Updike
4 reviews (1983) (919p) (NYTimes Non)
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TUMULTUOUS YEARS by Robert J. Donovan
  reviews (1982) (444p) (NYTimes Non)
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SCHINDLER'S LIST by Thomas Keneally
108 reviews (1982) (400p) (LATimes) (NYTimes Non)
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YEARS OF UPHEAVAL by Henry A. Kissinger
4 reviews (1982) (40p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE FATE OF THE EARTH by Jonathan Schell
4 reviews (1982) (460p) (NYTimes Non)
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BRONX PRIMITIVE by Kate Simon
5 reviews (1982) (192p) (NYTimes Non)
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AKE by Wole Soyinka
19 reviews (1982) (240p) (NYTimes Non)
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ISAK DINESEN by Judith Thurman
20 reviews (1982) (512p) (NYTimes Non)
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New York Times® Best Nonfiction Books of 1981
BAD BLOOD by James H. Jones
19 reviews (2002) (288p) (NYTimes Non) (NYTimes Non)
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HAYDN: CHRONICLE AND WORKS by H. C. Robbins Landon
  reviews (1981) (656p) (NYTimes Non)
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PHILOSOPHICAL EXPLANATIONS by Robert Nozick
14 reviews (1981) (784p) (NYTimes Non)
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OLD GLORY by Jonathan Raban
20 reviews (1981) (416p) (NYTimes Non)
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THE GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE by Jonathan D. Spence
10 reviews (1981) (560p) (NYTimes Non)
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PRISONER WITHOUT A NAME, CELL WITHOUT A NUMBER by Jacobo Timerman
11 reviews (1981) (176p) (NYTimes Non)
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