Last week I announced my favorite fiction from 2017 and now it’s time to do the same with my favorite nonfiction works of the year. Of course, it doesn’t matter when these books were published. All that matters is I enjoyed the heck out of them.
- The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End by Robert Gerwarth
- SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
- Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan
- The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan by Gregory Feifer
- The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
- The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature by Adam Kirsch
- Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
- Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
- October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville
- Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt
- The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell
- Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books by Mark Glickman
Considering my reading tastes, perhaps none of us should be surprised 10 out of 12 these books deal with history. Interestingly, four out of those 10 books are about World War One and/or its aftermath. Declaring an overall winner was not easy. In keeping with my World War One focus, I’ll bestow Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919 as my favorite nonfiction book of the year.