‘Best Books of the Year So Far’

We are almost at the halfway point of 2013, and list-loving Amazon is out with its 2013’s Best Books of the Year So Far, including 10 history and 10 general nonfiction titles.


Guns at Last Light1. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-45 (Liberation Trilogy) (Henry Holt) by Rick Atkinson.

2. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) by George Packer.

3. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Viking Adult) by Daniel James Brown.

4. The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story (Grand Central) by Lily Koppel.

5. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II (Harper) by Mitchell Zuckoff.

6. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (Knopf) by Joseph J. Ellis.

7. Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (Nation Books) by Jeremy Scahill.

8. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Knopf) by Mason Currey.

9. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II (Touchstone) by Denise Kiernan.

10. The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game (PublicAffairs) by Edward Achorn.


Gulp-cover-3501. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (W.W. Norton) by Mary Roach.

2. The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek.

3. Detroit: An American Autopsy (Penguin Press) by Charles LeDuff.

4. The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Grand Canyon (Scribner) by Kevin Fedarko.

5. Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday) by Annalee Newitz.

6. Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism (Simon & Schuster) by Elizabeth Becker.

7. Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell (Grove Press) by Phil Lapsley and Steve Wozniak.

8. Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm (Doubleday) by Monte Reel.

9. Ship It Holla Ballas!: How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker’s Loudest, Craziest, Richest Crew (St. Martin’s Press) by Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback.

10. Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press) by Peter Andreas.

Amazon’s lists of Best Books of the Year So Far in Fiction, Humor, and other categories are available here.


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