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The nonfiction books I’ve reviewed here in 2018

The Sentient Machine is one of the nonfiction books I've reviewed in 2018.If you check out this site with any regularity, you’re aware that the majority of the books I review are novels of one sort or another. However, a week has rarely gone by without my reading and reviewing at least one nonfiction book as well. Here I’m listing the 39 nonfiction books I’ve reviewed to date in 2018. They’re listed in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names. Each title and author is followed by the headline of the book’s review, linked to the text on this site.

One Person No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson—Voter suppression, gerrymandering, and voter ID laws brilliantly explained

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI’s Hunt for America’s Stolen Secrets by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee – Before Edward Snowden was “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell”

In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum – How the Soviet atomic spies were caught

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: The Untold Story of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte – Dinosaurs live today: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age by James Crabtree – A vivid portrait of India’s new Gilded Age and the billionaires at its center

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos by Christian Davenport – Four billionaires, private space companies, and humanity’s future in the cosmos

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers – Another superior example of Dave Eggers nonfiction

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox – How Sherlock Holmes foreshadowed today’s “scientific detecting”

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum – A conservative explains how Donald Trump corrupts democracy

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giriharadas – Are tech billionaires and hedge-fund managers changing the world for the better?

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein – The human cost of the Great Recession

King of Spies: The Dark Reign of an American Spymaster by Blaine Harden—The shameful reality of America’s role in the Korean War

The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies by Michael V. Hayden – Donald Trump’s war on the intelligence community: a view from the inside

A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History by Diana B. Henriques – A lucid and thoroughly researched account of what’s wrong on Wall Street

The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett – How democracy died in Germany: is there a lesson for America today?

The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence by Amir Husain – Today’s artificial intelligence is transforming our lives, an expert insists

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff and David Corn – 200 Russian hackers, Vladimir Putin and the 2016 election

Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace by Peter Janney – Why did JFK die? The most convincing explanation I’ve ever read

It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston – With “political termites,” Donald Trump is undermining our government

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku – From the moon and Mars to the multiverse

Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth by Howard Kurtz – A Fox News host explains Donald Trump’s “Media Madness”

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee – The best book about artificial intelligence I’ve read so far

Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine – Shocking revelations: the secret military history of the Internet

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt – Two government professors ask, is American democracy dying?

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis – How government protects us from “the most alarming risks facing humanity”

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben MacIntyre – An extraordinary Cold War spy story a screenwriter couldn’t make up

The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller – Every manager should read this book about the use and misuse of metrics

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy – The amazing story of the American “Code Girls” who helped win World War II

A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 by Kevin Peraino – Mao, Truman, and the birth of Modern China

Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani – A brilliant, muIti-dimensional picture of Indonesia today

From Kraków to Berkeley: Coming Out of Hiding by Anna Rabkin – “Survival is sweet revenge”: The odyssey of a Holocaust survivor

The Common Good by Robert B. Reich – Robert Reich diagnoses what ails American society

The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes – Reviewing the Ben Rhodes White House memoir

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca – The great female detective who captivated WWI America

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger – Espionage, sabotage, economic warfare, and cyber weapons

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World by Laura Spinney – Why the Spanish Flu of 1918 was a greater disaster than World War II

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff – Exposing the chaos in the Trump White House

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward – Bob Woodward’s new book reveals how Trump makes policy

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein – In a prelude to the Holocaust, the Kishinev pogrom shocked the world

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