November 2, 2009 In the follow-up to their 4-million-selling Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner fire yet another provocative salvo at conventional wisdom.
August 21, 2009 Patrick Radden Keefe's riveting new work of nonfiction, The Snakehead, explores the underworld of human smuggling that reached from China to New York City.
July 31, 2009 You Are Here delves into the physiology and folklore of wayfinding. Alternating between scientific experiments and real-world examples, psychologist Colin Ellard bares the brain's algorithms for finding the body's location on the planet.
July 7, 2009 It's ironic that a New York Times economics reporter found himself drowning under his own subprime mortgage. But if it could happen to him, Edmund L. Andrews argues in Busted, it's no surprise it happened to 8.3 million others.
June 22, 2009 Reporting from Klan rallies and white-power mosh pits — then stepping back to anatomize the vagaries of racist philosophy — Leonard Zeskind's Blood and Politics offers a comprehensive portrait of American xenophobia.
May 7, 2009 A startup in 2003, MySpace last year earned almost $1 billion. Julia Angwin chronicles the rise of this colossus, the oddities of its often tawdry Web culture and Rupert Murdoch's 2005 high-stakes battle for ownership.
April 15, 2009 Timed for the centennial of MI5 and MI6, Gordon Thomas' history of British intelligence teems with double agents, whistle-blowers and moles. Drawn from Thomas' many contacts among spooks and spymasters, Secret Wars is a riveting read.
March 12, 2009 The follow-up to his stingingly critical Iraq war history, Fiasco, Thomas Ricks' The Gamble details the men and maneuvers that made the U.S. troop surge of 2007 successful at reducing violence in Iraq.
February 3, 2009 Oil, ego and economics mix in Bryan Burrough's chronicle of the spectacular rise and often sordid fall of Texas' wealthiest and most powerful families.
January 12, 2009 Social scientist Luke Bergmann put himself in the story when he moved to Detroit to study the underground drug economy. The risk was worth it: Getting Ghost provides an eye-opening portrait of a dark, alternative world hidden in plain site.
November 26, 2008 The events of 2008 raised a raft of controversies to national consciousness. These powerful books wrap the issues in compelling narratives — and provide the perspective of history.
November 11, 2008 Philip Norman's exhaustive and artfully sketched new biography of John Lennon explores the split between a man who could be cruel and violent, and the artist who inspired millions.
October 14, 2008 Fossil fuels are damaging our economy and national security, in addition to altering the world's climate. A green revolution, says Thomas Friedman, "is not about the whales." It's a competitive necessity.
October 3, 2008 George Bush and Dick Cheney are certain history will justify their actions. But a reading of these two books, The War Within and Angler, suggests that vindication may be a long time coming.