The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945, Revised Edition by William Sheridan Allen—Explaining the Nazi seizure of power

The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything by Matthew Ball—A primer on the Metaverse that raises many questions

The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram by Thomas Blass—Stanley Milgram showed us humanity’s darker side

The Spy Who Knew Too Much: An Ex-CIA Officer’s Quest Through a Legacy of Betrayal by Howard Blum—Unmasking the mole in the CIA

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley—Teddy Roosevelt and the dark side of American foreign policy

All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business by Mel Brooks—Mel Brooks writes a very funny book

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson—How Charles Darwin REALLY came to develop the theory of evolution

The School that Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler by Deborah Cadbury—The Holocaust viewed through the eyes of children

Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World at War by Deborah Cohen—The foreign correspondents who saw World War II coming

The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant—The dashing British spies in wartime Washington

Life in Medieval Europe: Fact and Fiction by Danièle Cybulskie—How people really lived in Medieval Europe

A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich: The Extraordinary Story of Fritz Kolbe, America’s Most Important Spy in World War II by Lucas Delattre—The little-known tale of the top American spy in Nazi Germany

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick—North Korea makes clear why politics matters

The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953 by Jeffrey Frank—A revealing new biography of Harry Truman

Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War by Howard W. French—An eye-opening account of Africa’s pivotal role in world history

The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy by David Gelles—He set the course for Big Business in America today

Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World by Peter S. Goodman—The men behind the world’s widening economic inequality

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis—A balanced new history of Israel, warts and all

The Last Jews in Berlin by Leonard Gross—These Jews survived the Holocaust . . . in Berlin

Yippie Girl: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI by Judy Gumbo—An eye-opening account of the counterculture revolution

Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition by Nisid Hajari—An insightful history of the Indian Partition

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild—Reassessing World War I: Learning history the hard way

American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild—Repression, censorship, and official violence in the First Red Scare

Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France by James Holland—Debunking the myths about D Day and Normandy

Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages by Dan Jones—Change in the Middle Ages came thick and fast

Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe by Jonathan W. Jordan—The American generals who led the Allies to victory

Atlas of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography by Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop—A World War II atlas from an American perspective

Thank You For Your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Price of Submission by Mark Leibovich—A fresh and funny look at the Trump Administration

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer—A young man from Malawi points the way to hope for Africa

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman—The foreign businessmen who helped build modern China

What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party by Michael Kazin—A stirring history of the Democratic Party

The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America by Jack Kelly—The American labor movement in the Gilded Age

Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams by Charles King—The roots of antisemitism lay deep in the Russian Empire

The Tatas: How a Family Built a Business and a Nation by Girish Kuber—How India’s Tata family built modern India

Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and His Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor by Dick Lehr—The WWII mission to exact revenge for Pearl Harbor

The Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy by Christopher Leonard—How did the US economy get to be in such a mess?

Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell—She was the most powerful woman after the Queen

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory by Ben MacIntyre—How the Allies fooled the Nazis with a corpse

The Next Civil War: Dispatches from the American Future by Stephen Marche—Is a new American civil war inevitable?

The Emperor of All Maladies: A History of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee—A researcher looks at the disease we fear the most

From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: An Illustrated History of Labor in the United States, Revised and Updated by Priscilla Murolo and A. B. Chitty—A brief and bloody history of labor in America

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly—The amazing true story of the Black women in the space race

Putin by Philip Short—A revealing new biography of Vladimir Putin

The Founders: The Story of PalPal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley by Jimmy Soni—A group biography of the PayPal mafia

Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert B.Stinnett—Uncovering the truth about Pearl Harbor

The Historical Atlas of World War II by Alexander Swanston and Malcolm Swanston—World War II in full-color maps and photos

Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution that Made China Modern by Jing Tsu—How China learned to communicate with the world

I Escaped from Auschwitz by Rudolf Vrba and Alan Bestic—The most important Holocaust memoir

Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage by Douglas Waller—The remarkable spymaster who launched the US into espionage

Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton—British espionage as the Empire faded into history

1688: A Global History by John E. Wills Jr.—Viewing humanity as a whole through the lens of history

The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit—Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness by Craig M. Wright—What is a genius? Does IQ matter?

The best nonfiction of 2022