Top 10 Non-Fiction in 2008

Time Magazine’s Top Ten Non-Fiction Books of 2008:

  1. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (The gaping wounds of Iraq and Afghanistan have produced a torrent of words, but no single volume so far has the precision and power of The Forever War)
  2. The Thief at the End of the World by Joe Jackson (smuggling rubber tree seeds out of Brazil, in a single stroke handing England supremacy in one of the key resources of the 20th century)
  3. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (authorized biography of Buffet)
  4. The World Is What It Is by Patrick French (authorized biography of Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul)
  5. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (true crime, birth of forensic science)
  6. Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg (about his 15 year-old daughter’s mental breakdown)
  7. Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang (tells the story of several women amongst the 130 million migrant workers in China) 
  8. John Lennon by Philip Norman
  9. The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller (illuminating not only the Chronicles of Narnia, but the nature of reading itself.)
  10. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (a dismantling of the American myth of the self-made man)

Comments anyone?

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1 Response to “Top 10 Non-Fiction in 2008”


  1. 1 Matt H. December 10, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Snowball, Factory Girls or Outliers both sound good to me… some others on my list are Ghost Wars, Ghost, Terror and Consent, or Blue Blood and Mutiny (on Morgan Stanley).


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