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The Best Books of 2022

Details: Almost all the book recommendations are based on an individual expert's choices. In some lists one of our editors makes a selection, based on the vast quantities of books we read every week. We'll be adding to these throughout the year to find you the very best books: Notable Novels of Spring 2022, recommended by Cal Flyn.

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Most Recommended Books Five Books Expert …

Details: Middlemarch by George Eliot (real name: Mary Ann Evans), was first published in 1871. The novel is set in the fictitious English town of Middlemarch during 1829–1832, and follows several distinct, intersecting stories with a large cast of characters. It is one of Five Books’ most recommended books. Recommended 10 times.

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The Best Art Books Five Books Expert Recommendations

Details: Ars longa, vita brevis.Art is eternal, but life is short. You want to be reading the best books on art? Browse through our expert recommendations to find the best books on art, architecture, design, illustration, and photography for your own library – or to give as a gift to an art lover. Five Books art interviews explore themes in the visual arts from ancient times to the present day with

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The Best Capitalism Books

Details: This book particularly focuses on the US. There are a number of traditional answers, but the most prominent among them is this idea that in a modern economy there is a skill bias in technical change. Our computers and communications have led to a winner-take-all society, where only the really smart can make money.”

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Best History Books of 2021

Details: Her last book was a life of John Aubrey, which was half related to historical sources, half imagined, with a real understanding of Aubrey and his times. It could have gone horribly wrong, but she pulled it off. It was a fantastic read. She’s done exactly the same with this book which is, again, based on a very high-risk premise. It’s

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Best Politics Books of 2021

Details: Five Books aims to keep its book recommendations and interviews up to date. If you are the interviewee and would like to update your choice of books (or even just what you say about them) please email us at [email protected]fivebooks.com. Politics & Society The Best Books of 2021. Larry Sabato. Larry J. Sabato is University Professor of Politics at the

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The Best Books on JFK

Details: The book is fascinating because it is a window into what a young Kennedy, just decommissioned from the Navy, was thinking as he’s seeing up-close the destruction wrought by World War II in Europe and interacting with a lot of high-powered people. He’s clearly fascinated by politics and by international relations.

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The Best Augustine Books

Details: What the book is doing is taking the notion of the punctum temporis seriously: the notion of this instantaneous point in time, that is all we can ever know. That is the object of our specific attention, while all around it is flux and indeterminacy. And it …

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The Best Books on Sex Five Books Expert …

Details: The book is written hugely accessibly and it brings in almost everything: emotions, social context. It does bring in the science, but I don’t think that’s the main selling point of the book. Its main contribution is that she gives women (and men: she doesn’t shut men out, that’s another strength of the book) an idea of sex as something

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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2021

Details: The book is a bit like the Sackler family book in that you wonder, ‘How did we let this happen?’ When Maxwell fell off his boat and died, Margaret Thatcher and George Bush Sr telephoned with condolences. Then, within 10 months, we realize that he’s a billion pounds in debt and has stolen £350 million from the Daily Mirror pensioners

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Best Books for Teens of 2021

Details: The Awesome Power of Sleep is an informative nonfiction book about the science of sleep for humans in general, but with a focus on the special biology of teenagers. Readers get an overview of concepts such as circadian rhythm, melatonin, different stages of sleep, sleep problems and disorders, and dreaming. Having established the importance of

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The Best Goethe Books

Details: The book is not only about Faust, but it places the drama in what I think is the appropriate context. Santayana discusses Faust together with Lucretius’ De rerum natura and Dante’s Divine Comedy. We are invited to compare three great poetic works each of which offers an encompassing philosophical vision. Each gives us a poem that embraces

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The Best Books on Logic

Details: It’s also a book that’s written in such a way that if you didn’t want to learn formal logic for the purpose of doing an exam in the subject—completing the exercises and the quizzes—but you wanted to get a really good sense of what it was like, you could read this book without having to learn all of the techniques.It has other virtues, as well.

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Best Conservation Books of 2021

Details: The book talks about a whale fall, which is when a whale dies and it falls to the bottom of the sea, and the process of that, but also about all the other things that happen that rely on that whale being there and dying. It’s about the interconnections in nature that …

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The Best Books on Viruses

Details: This book helped me with my own book Ebola: Profile of a Killer Virus, which I wrote during the 2014-16 epidemic. It is a marvellous, scientific autobiography. Basically, Piot trained in virology at the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium in the 1970s.

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Best Economics Books of 2021

Details: The book is a ripping yarn of events, month by month. You feel that you’re plunged into that decision-making and it was economic aspects of the decisions that I found particularly interesting. In comparison to the global financial crisis , it seems to me there’s been very little public discussion of the economics of the pandemic.

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Best Mystery Books of 2021

Details: It’s an amazing book to read—you feel like you are living in the basti with Jai and his friends, experiencing the sights, the smells, the characters, including the corrupt police force. The mystery element is a minor part of the book, in the sense that there isn’t really an ‘aha’ moment, but this book is definitely a must-read.

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Best Illustrated Harry Potter Books

Details: When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out (having famously first been rejected by a dozen publishers), the children’s book publishing industry was in decline, as was the adult fantasy book market.The publishing sensation that followed is credited with getting children back into reading. Even excluding Harry Potter, sales of children’s books started to grow as …

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The Best Books on Abandoned Places

Details: Your new book Islands of Abandonment is billed as a book about ‘the ecology and psychology of abandoned places.’ Can you tell us more? Sure. It’s a nonfiction book in which I travel to 12 locations around the world, studying how nature rebounds in the absence of humans. These sites include the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the no-man’s-land that splits the island of Cyprus in …

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Popular Books Series for Kids

Details: 1 day ago · The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee. Montague Siblings (book 3). The third book in this series of historical novels is about Adrian, the youngest of three aristocratic English siblings. This volume features family secrets and voyages to the pirate courts of Rabat, Portuguese islands, the canals of Amsterdam, and Arctic waters.

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Best Philosophy Books of 2021

Details: 2. Critical Lives: Hannah Arendt. by Samantha Rose Hill. Read. Brilliant. Your second 2021 philosophy book recommendation is a biography of one of the great modern thinkers, Hannah Arendt. Tell us about this book. This is a part of a series called ‘Critical Lives.’.

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The Best Books on Jesus

Details: The best books on Jesus recommended by Robert Morgan. Jesus was a 1st century Jew from Galilee who had a ministry of teaching and healing. He gathered disciples around him, but was eventually arrested and executed by the Roman governor of …

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The Best Audiobooks of 2021

Details: The origin of this book is something called the Densho project, which is an oral history of Japanese Americans. Dan Brown got interested in that and then started doing research on these specific young men. It is a fascinating biography but also a history of the time. Dan Brown writes very approachably and Louis Ozawa is just spectacular.

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The Best Books on Sparta

Details: Steve’s book is the crest of a wave that’s been sweeping over studies of Spartan society since the late 1980s, really. All the old stereotypes have been swept away by a series of studies. One of the most enduring stereotypes about Sparta was the idea that every Spartan was assigned a kleros (plot) of land at birth, once he’d survived an

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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2021

Details: The book outlines not only what he’s learnt from his research, but what we can do to make things better. And ‘we’ is the operative word here, because while it’s easy to blame Facebook, the Russians, Cambridge Analytica etc. for everything that’s gone wrong, ultimately it is about us, and how each of us behaves.

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The Best Self Help Books of 2021

Details: Finally, we should talk about your final book choice. It’s Julia Cameron’s Seeking Wisdom. You read this in 2021, but strictly speaking it is a 2022 book as it is only just out. Julia Cameron is very well known for her earlier, legendary book on creativity, The Artist’s Way. I love Julia Cameron. I read everything she ever puts out.

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The Best China Books of 2021

Details: It’s a good book to give a sense of more individuals than just Mao and Deng Xiaoping and maybe a famous dissident or two—who will be the only people that many readers know about. It’s a nicely varied collection that focuses on life stories, which is a recurring theme in the books that I tend to be drawn to.

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Best Books on Catherine the Great

Details: The book is the history of Russian Freemasonry in the 18th century, primarily in Catherine the Great’s reign. Freemasonry started to develop in Russia in Petrine times, but it blossomed under Catherine. It was the start of Russia’s public sphere, of a Russian society independent from the throne, at least in some ways.

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The Best Books on The Universe

Details: Complexity the book is concerned with the creation of an institute in Santa Fe to address these questions. It’s applying things from evolutionary systems to cities, to financial markets. Since the great explosion of interest in chaos theory in the 80s and early 90s I haven’t seen anything of significance for the last decade or so, but in

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Best Kids' Books of 2021

Details: The False Rose Jakob Wegelius, translated by Peter Graves. Free-standing sequel to the multi-prize winning The Murderer’s Ape and The Legend of Sally Jones, The False Rose is another finely crafted book set around 1930 and narrated by the highly original heroine Sally Jones. In this book Sally Jones and her comrade set out to solve the mystery of an exquisite piece of …

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Best Books on the Supreme Court

Details: In the book, I argue that the Supreme Court, to a significant degree, is a reflection of the cultural and historical moment in which the justices operate. For example, in 1896, the Court upheld racial segregation, in Plessy vs. Ferguson, at a time that most …

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Best Monetary Policy Books

Details: This book actually discusses two things, but at the core of it is a working paper that came out in 2010. The argument in that paper is the same argument that Scott Sumner was making and that I was making at the time, that the cause of what happened in 2008 was not a …

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Best Fyodor Dostoevsky Books

Details: The next book you want to recommend is Memoirs from the House of the Dead, by Dostoevsky himself.You’ve specified the translation by Jessie Coulson. During his lifetime, it was thought to be one of the most important books he’d written.

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The Best Science Fiction of 2021

Details: And this book comes to us via a long and winding road. So, R. B. Kelly won the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair Competition, which is a small award specifically for first time writers. The winner has their book published by a small press, and Edge of Heaven was first published in the Republic of Ireland in 2016—so, not eligible for our

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The Best Crime Fiction of 2021

Details: The book is the finale of a series by Peter May featuring a detective called Enzo MacLeod. I haven’t read any of the others, but The Night Gate features such a large cast of characters, and events taking place on such a broad canvas, that lots of scenes from the book stick with me.

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The Best History Books of 2021

Details: This is a book which, you might say, has been written before, because I’ve read world histories of this long period, even as an undergraduate. But there’s a freshness and an excitement about the way that Jeffrey Plank knows the world. There is a boundary to his subject, which is the Atlantic Ocean. But that’s a pretty big boundary.

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The Best Thrillers of 2021

Details: This is book four of Ide’s IQ series but stands on its own. Get the weekly Five Books newsletter. Isaiah Quintabe—IQ for short—is a irresistible take on the iconic Sherlock Holmes, who was a favorite of author Joe Ide growing up. Ide’s settings are razor sharp as IQ’s cases keep getting harder and the stakes higher.

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The Best Books on Tech

Details: The book opens with one of the most searing chapters on anything that I’ve ever read, which is a minute-by-minute account of an incredible heatwave in India, which is above what’s known as the ‘wet-bulb’ temperature. The ‘wet-bulb’ temperature is a point at which human beings essentially get poached in their own skin unless they

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Best Fantasy Books of 2021

Details: The Bone Ships by RJ Barker is the first book in The Tide Child trilogy (the second book in the trilogy, Call of the Bone Ships, is also already out, as book prize awards tend to lag publication by a year or so). Read expert recommendations. About.

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The Best Books on Hitler

Details: recommended by Michael Burleigh. WINNER 2001 Baillie Gifford Prize for nonfiction. The Third Reich: A New History. by Michael Burleigh. Read. Hitler has a reputation as the incarnation of evil. But, as British historian Michael Burleigh points out in selecting the best books on the German dictator, Hitler was a bizarre and strangely empty

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Best Essays: the 2021 Pen Awards Five Books Expert

Details: Her book Nickel and Dimed is the classic example of that. She never writes from a distance about working-class life in America. She bears witness to the nature and real texture of working-class life in America. “One point of giving awards…is to keep passing the …

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The Best Books on Wild Animals for Kids

Details: It is a book that anyone can read and understand about the animals from Africa, not only from South Africa. Lindiwe Mabuza is a well known figure but I didn’t know she’d written a children’s book. Is my understanding correct that this is an alphabet book? Yes, it’s an educational book. The little ones need to learn their alphabetics.

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The Best Biographies: the 2021 NBCC Shortlist

Details: Elizabeth Taylor, the author, critic and chair of the National Book Critics' Circle biography committee, discusses their 2021 shortlist for the title of the best biography—including a revelatory new book about the life of Malcolm X, a group biography of artists in the 1960s, and a book built from a cache of letters written in Japan's shogun era.

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The Best Nietzsche Books Five Books Expert Recommendations

Details: The book appeared in 1990 and it was a very significant work. It was very unusual because, first of all, it treated Nietzsche as a philosopher. I know that sounds a funny thing to say, but an awful lot of books on Nietzsche are full of quotations and paraphrase – they don’t really engage dialectically and argumentatively with what Nietzsche

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The Best Books on Philanthropy

Details: The book has got 16 chapters and goes far beyond the superficial point that things are done a bit differently in Africa, to give many wonderful empirical examples of, for example, Tanzanian fisherwomen and how they do philanthropy. It’s absolutely eye-opening and it’s essential reading for people who want to understand philanthropy as a

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