The Best Books of 2014 list by The Economist™

The Best Books of 2014 list by The Economist™

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Title: The Peoples Republic of Amnesia

An NPR correspondent explains how the Tiananmen Square massacre changed China, and how China changed the events of that day by rewriting its own history.
Author(s): Louisa Lim
ISBN 13: 9780199347704
Pages: 248
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Title: The Tyranny of Silence

How one cartoon ignited a global debate on the future of free speech
Author(s): Flemming Rose
ISBN 13: 9781939709424
Pages: 237
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Title: The Collapse

In The Collapse, prize-winning historian Mary Elise Sarotte reveals how a perfect storm of decisions made by daring underground revolutionaries, disgruntled Stasi officers, and dictatorial party bosses sparked an unexpected series of events ...
Author(s): Mary Sarotte
ISBN 13: 9780465064946
Pages: 320
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Title: Political Order and Political Decay

" And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed "this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two." Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation.
Author(s): Francis Fukuyama
ISBN 13: 9780374535629
Pages: 688
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Title: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

A Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker documents the political, economic and cultural changes occurring in today's China, examining a transition from Communist to personal power while addressing key questions about national freedom, ...
Author(s): Evan Osnos
ISBN 13: 9780374280741
Pages: 416
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Title: The South China Sea

A discerning account of simmering conflict in the South China Sea and why the world can’t afford to be indifferent
Author(s): Bill Hayton
ISBN 13: 9780300186833
Pages: 320
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Title: Vivid Faces

A searing cultural history of the remarkable generation who transformed Ireland, from R. F. Foster OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015 TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR and OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014 Vivid Faces surveys the lives ...
Author(s): R. F. Foster
ISBN 13: 9780241954249
Pages: 496
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Title: Indonesia, Etc.

Paints a unique picture of Indonesia and its citizens, where 80 million residents from over 300 ethnic groups across 13,500 islands live without electricity and some communities still participate in ritual sacrifices. 12,000 first printing.
Author(s): Elizabeth Pisani
ISBN 13: 9780393088588
Pages: 404
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Title: China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

Chinese immigrants of the recent past and unfolding twenty-first century are in search of the African dream. So explains indefatigable traveler Howard W. French, prize-winning investigative journalist and former New York Times bureau chief in Africa and China, in the definitive account of this seismic geopolitical development. Chinas burgeoning presence in Africa is already shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people.
Author(s): Howard W. French
ISBN 13: 9780307956989
Pages: 304
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Title: Napoleon

Draws on the recent publication of Napoleon's thousands of letters to share new insights into his character, motivations, and relationships.
Author(s): Andrew Roberts
ISBN 13: 9780670025329
Pages: 926
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Title: Kaiser Wilhelm II

This is a concise edition of John Rhl's prize-winning three-volume biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
Author(s): John C. G. Rhl
ISBN 13: 9781107072251
Pages: 264
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Title: Do No Harm

Henry Marsh gives a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating the.
Author(s): Henry Marsh
ISBN 13: 9780297869870
Pages: 278
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Title: H Is for Hawk

An award-winning best-seller from the UK recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.
Author(s): Helen Macdonald
ISBN 13: 9780802123411
Pages: 288
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Title: Faisal I of Iraq

Born in 1883, King Faisal I of Iraq was a seminal figure not only in the founding of the state of Iraq but also in the making of the modern Middle East. In all the tumult leading to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of new Arab states, Faisal was a central player. His life traversed each of the important political, military, and intellectual developments of his times.
Author(s): Ali A. Allawi
ISBN 13: 9780300127324
Pages: 672
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Title: Little Failure

The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces his uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career.
Author(s): Gary Shteyngart
ISBN 13: 9780679643753
Pages: 349
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Title: E. E. Cummings

A reassessment of the life and work of the preeminent 20th-century poet examines the idiosyncratic expressions that led to critical disagreements about his achievements, providing coverage of such topics as his Cambridge youth, Harvard ...
Author(s): Susan Cheever
ISBN 13: 9781101910481
Pages: 272
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Title: The English and Their History

This book, the first single-volume work on this scale for more than half a century, and which incorporates a wealth of recent scholarship, presents a challenging modern account of this immense and continuing story, bringing out the strength ...
Author(s): Robert Tombs
ISBN 13: 9781846140181
Pages: 1024
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Title: Christendom Destroyed

Discusses the social and political changes that occured in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century western Europe that led to the reexamination of religion in the lives of the people and the collapse of the unity of European Christendom.
Author(s): Mark Greengrass
ISBN 13: 9780670024568
Pages: 752
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Title: The Most Dangerous Book

An account of the dramatic writing of and fight to publish James Joyce's Ulysses reveals how the now-classic book was the subject of a landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933 that overturned key censorship laws.
Author(s): Kevin Birmingham
ISBN 13: 9781594203367
Pages: 417
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Title: Thirteen Days in September

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 presents a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israel and Egypt to sign a peace treaty the first ...
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
ISBN 13: 9780385352031
Pages: 345
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Title: Why Homer Matters

Taking readers on an extraordinary journey through mythical and modern landscapes, the author of a celebrated column for The Sunday Telegraph explores the places forever haunted by their Homeric heroes and reveals the real roots of Homeric ...
Author(s): Adam Nicolson
ISBN 13: 9781627791793
Pages: 320
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Title: The Reckoning

One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits a controversial murder: that of Zionist leader Avraham Stern, head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang, in Tel Aviv during WWII. Militant Zionist Avraham Stern believed he was destined to be the Jewish liberator of British Palestine.
Author(s): Patrick Bishop
ISBN 13: 9780062267825
Pages: 320
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Title: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
Author(s): Thomas Piketty
ISBN 13: 9780674430006
Pages: 695
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Title: The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself by Grant, James

In 1920-1921, Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding met a deep economic slump by seeming to ignore it, implementing policies that most twenty-first century economists would call backward. Confronted with plunging prices, wages, and employment, the government balanced the budget and, through the Federal Reserve, raised interest rates. No stimulus was administered, and a powerful, job-filled recovery was under way by late 1921. Yet by 1929, the economy spiraled downward as the Hoover administration adopted the policies that Wilson and Harding had declined to put in place.
Author(s): James Grant
ISBN 13: 9781451686463
Pages: 272
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Title: The Sixth Extinction

Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the ...
Author(s): Elizabeth Kolbert
ISBN 13: 9780805092998
Pages: 319
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Title: Life on the Edge

Each chapter in Life on the Edge opens with an engaging example that illustrates one of lifeâe(tm)s puzzles âe" How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose?
Author(s): Jim Al-Khalili;Johnjoe McFadden
ISBN 13: 9780593069318
Pages: 368
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Title: The Big Fat Surprise

A New York Times bestseller Named one of The Economist's Books of the Year 2014 Named one of The Wall Street Journals Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 In The Big Fat Surprise, ...
Author(s): Nina Teicholz
ISBN 13: 9781451624427
Pages: 496
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Title: Being Mortal

A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and ...
Author(s): Atul Gawande
ISBN 13: 9780805095159
Pages: 304
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Title: Marriage Markets

"June Carbone and Naomi Cahn examine how macroeconomic forces are transforming marriage, and how working class and lower income families have paid the highest price."--Publisher information.
Author(s): June Carbone;Robina Chair of Law Science and Technology June Carbone;Harold H Greene Professor Naomi Cahn
ISBN 13: 9780190263317
Pages: 272
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Title: The Sense of Style

Do the kids today even care about good writing--and why should any of us care? In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the bestselling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for today's writers.
Author(s): Steven Pinker
ISBN 13: 9780143127796
Pages: 368
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Title: Lessons of Hope

New York Times Bestseller (Education) The Economist Best Books of the Year Selection In this revealing and provocative memoir, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city's dramatic ...
Author(s): Joel Klein
ISBN 13: 9780062268648
Pages: 320
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Title: Joyriding in Riyadh

The book retraces the politicization of Riyadh youth and shows that, far from being a marginal event, car drifting is embedded in the country's social violence and economic inequality.
Author(s): Pascal Menoret
ISBN 13: 9781107641952
Pages: 263
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Title: The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

Traces the dramatic history of the Great Barrier Reef and the lives of 20 people it has impacted throughout the past two centuries, recounting their stories while examining the reef's evolving roles as a feared mystery, a scientific ...
Author(s): Iain McCalman
ISBN 13: 9780374248192
Pages: 352
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Title: Germany

For most of the five hundred years covered by this book Germany has been composed of many separate political units, each with a distinct history.
Author(s): Neil MacGregor
ISBN 13: 9780241008331
Pages: 598
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Title: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

"A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man--an Australian surgeon--from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present"--
Author(s): Richard Flanagan
ISBN 13: 9780385352857
Pages: 334
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Title: Lila

Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister's wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband's gentle Christian worldview.
Author(s): Marilynne Robinson
ISBN 13: 9780374187613
Pages: 272
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Title: Decoded

Translated from Chinese, this best-selling literary thriller describes a top secret counterespionage and code breaking unit that recruits an autistic math genius who discovers his former teacher and best friend is working for the enemy. 50 ...
Author(s): Mai Jia
ISBN 13: 9780374135805
Pages: 320
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Title: Arctic Summer

Presents a fictionalized biography of author E.M. Forster, specifically his time in India as he was writing what would be his masterpiece "A Passage to India."
Author(s): Damon Galgut
ISBN 13: 9781609452346
Pages: 339
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Title: No Mans Land

A collection of stories written during and about World War I features authors from 47 different countries, including D. H. Lawrence, Erich Maria Remarque, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Rose Macaulay, Stratis Myrivilis, Raymond Escholier, ...
Author(s): Pete Ayrton
ISBN 13: 9781605986494
Pages: 551
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Title: Orfeo: A Novel

In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man journeying into his past as he desperately flees the present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep.
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN 13: 9780393240825
Pages: 384
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Title: Family Life: A Novel

Finally joining their father in America, Ajay and Birju enjoy their new, extraordinary life until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother incapacitated and the other practically orphaned in this strange land in the second novel from the author ...
Author(s): Akhil Sharma
ISBN 13: 9780393060058
Pages: 224
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Title: Thirty Girls

Forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities after being abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army, Ugandan teen Esther struggles to survive and escape before crossing paths with Jane, an American journalist who has traveled to Africa ...
Author(s): Susan Minot
ISBN 13: 9780307279316
Pages: 309
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Title: Fourth of July Creek

Fourth of July Creek is an unforgettable, unflinching debut that marks the arrival of a major literary talent.
Author(s): Smith Henderson
ISBN 13: 9780062286444
Pages: 480
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Title: Uncertain Glory

A thrilling epic that has drawn comparison with the work of Dostoevsky and Stendhal, Uncertain Glory is a homegrown counterpart to classics such as Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Author(s): Joan Sales
ISBN 13: 9780857051509
Pages: 464
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