New(ish) in Books:
The Best Non-Fiction of 2011

The first installment of the PopMatters annual “Best of” books feature launches today, chronicling what the site’s writers thought were the most memorable titles of the year. I contributed the introduction and a few of the individual writeups. In short, it was as good a year as most, in that there was plenty of dross, but fortunately more than enough phenomenal works to celebrate that there was not even enough time to contemplate the lesser titles that didn’t make the cut. 


Here are a few of the non-fiction books that made me green with envy in 2011 (some I wrote up in the article, some not):

  • The Age of the Warrior by Robert Fisk
  • The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem
  • Civilization by Niall Ferguson
  • Malcolm X by Manning Marable
  • Townie by Andre Dubus III
  • What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes

You can read the complete piece here

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