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The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2008


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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisio ... Cover Art
 
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (Hardcover)
Dan Ariely
2008-02-19
Harpercollins


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An upbeat cultural evaluation of the sources of illogical decisions explores the reasons why irrational thought often overcomes level-headed practices, offering insight into the structural patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly.
 
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The Revolution: A Manifesto (Hardcover) ~ Ron Paul Cover Art
 
The Revolution: A Manifesto (Hardcover)
Ron Paul
1969-12-31


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In "Revolution: A Manifesto," Congressman Paul sets down his political and personal philosophy about libertarianism, responsible government, and the end of business as usual in Washington.
 
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Outliers: The Story of Success (Hardcover) ~ Malcolm Gladwell (A ... Cover Art
 
Outliers: The Story of Success (Hardcover)
Malcolm Gladwell
2008-11-18
Little, Brown and Company


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Cultural critic Malcolm Gladwell applies his best trend watching insights and peripatetic methodology to the biq question of why some people achieve success and others do not. These Outliers, as he calls them--successful people who stand out from the rest of the crowd--may be business people, artists, athletes, entertainers, scientists, or work in other fields. In a variation of the nature versus nurture debates, Gladwell seeks answers in culture, environment, and upbringing.
 
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The Forever War (Hardcover) ~ Dexter Filkins (Author) Cover Art
 
The Forever War (Hardcover)
Dexter Filkins
2008-09-16


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An award-winning New York Times correspondent furnishes a firsthand account of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, from the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the modern-day wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, offering a compelling study of the people involved from all sides of the conflict.
 
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The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Paperb ... Cover Art
 
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Paperback)
Amity Shlaes
2008-05-27


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A reinterpretation of the Great Depression seeks to demonstrate how the failures of Hoover and Roosevelt to understand the prosperity of the 1920s directly contributed to massive national burdens that marginalized everyday citizens, in an account that shares the survival stories of lesser-known historical figures from the period.
 
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Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How  ... Cover Art
 
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America (Hardcover)
Thomas L. Friedman
2008-09-08


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Columnist Thomas L. Friedman explains why, in a globalized world, crises in energy and the climate must be priorities.
 
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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness ( ... Cover Art
 
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Hardcover)
Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
2008-04-08


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Offering a groundbreaking study of the application of the science of choice, a guide that uses colorful examples from all aspects of life demonstrates how it is possible to design environments that make it more likely for us to act in our own interests.
 
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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Paperback)  ... Cover Art
 
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Paperback)
Naomi Klein
2008-06-24


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Imposing capitalistic ideals and practices on a population in a post-disaster crisis is an increasingly common occurrence, most vividly demonstrated by events in wartime Iraq. But journalist Naomi Klein (NO LOGO) maintains that this process of "disaster capitalism" has been in place for decades, with roots in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman's widely influential economic philosophies.
 
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The Last Lecture (Hardcover) ~ Jeff Zaslow (Author) Cover Art
 
The Last Lecture (Hardcover)
Randy Pausch
2008-04-08


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In this inspiring and sometimes moving publishing phenomenon, computer science professor Randy Pausch offers a summation of his life and what he has learned. The book is derived from a presentation that Pausch made after he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Addressing his children, he spoke on the topic "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." When a tape of his talk was published on the YouTube website, it became a hit, as millions who viewed the clip found that his words struck a chord. Here he fleshes out and adds to his earlier work. What comes through is a gentle, sincere, and clear set of lessons on living and appreciating.
 
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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club ... Cover Art
 
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61) (Paperback)
Eckhart Tolle
2008-01-30


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lluminating, enlightening, and uplifting,"A New Earth" is a profoundly spiritual guide to creating a better way of living and a better world to live in. Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
 

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