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Best Non-fiction of 2012

Books receiving starred reviews from one or more of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

Why Nations Fail:  The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Acemoglu, Daron and Robinson, James A.

Stella Adler on America’s Master Playwrights

Adler, Stella

Iron Curtain:  The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Applebaum, Anne

Bailout : How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street

Barofsky, Neil

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End

Berg, Scott W.

Visit Sunny Chernobyl : And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

Blackwell, Andrew

Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Boo, Katherine

How Music Works

Byrne, David

Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Cain, Susan

The Passage of Power:  The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Caro, Robert

Private Empire : ExxonMobil and American Power

Coll, Steve

When America First Met China : An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

Dolin, Eric Jay

Haiti : The Aftershocks of History

Dubois, Laurent

Turing's Cathedral : The Origins of the Digital Universe

Dyson, George

Beautiful Thing : Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars

Faleiro, Sonia

Predator Nation : Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

Ferguson, Charles

The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

Gibbs, Nancy and Duffy, Michael

Surviving Survival : The Art and Science of Resilience

Gonzales, Laurence

Story of Earth : The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

Hazen, Robert M.

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Hedges, Chris; Sacco, Joe

Marvel Comics : The Untold Story

Howe, Sean

Full Body Burden : Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

Iversen, Kristen

Violinist's Thumb : And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written by Our Genetic Code

Kean, Sam

Leonardo and the Last Supper

King, Ross

Fire in the Ashes

Kozol, Jonathan

Holy or the Broken : Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

Light, Alan

Savage Continent : Europe in the Aftermath of World War Two

Lowe, Keith

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Maddow, Rachel

Twelve Patients : Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

Manheimer, Eric, M.D. and Martinez, Ruben

Desert America:  Boom and Bust in the New Old West

Martinez, Ruben

Hunt for Ksm : Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

McDermott, Terry and Meyer, Josh

How to be a Woman

Moran, Caitlin

Wait : The Art and Science of Delay

Partnoy, Frank

Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom : A Woman's Guide to Enjoying Wealth and Power

Pepper, Carol and Webster, Camilla

Spillover : Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Quammen, David

Power, Inc. : The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government-and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead

Rothkopf, David

What Money Can't Buy : The Moral Limits of Markets

Sandel, Michael J.

House of Stone : A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East

Shadid, Anthony

Far from the Tree

Solomon, Andrew

Masters of the Planet : The Search for Our Human Origins

Tattersall, Ian

Rise To Greatness : Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

Von Drehle, David

Consider the Fork : A History of How We Cook and Eat

Wilson, Bee and Lee, Annabel




Last Viking : The Life of Roald Amundsen

Bown, Stephen R.

Thomas Jefferson : The Art of Power

Meacham, Jon

Patriarch : The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

Nasaw, David

Mao : The Real Story

Pantsov, Alexander V. and Levine, Steven I.

On a Farther Shore : The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

Souder, William


Brinkley, Douglas

Life After Death

Echols, Damien


Hitchens, Christopher

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

Manchester, William

Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand

Mann, William J.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Strayed, Cheryl

God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

Sweet, Victoria

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