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Best books of 2009: nonfiction

The nonfiction books we liked best in 2009.

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A World of Trouble:
The White House and the Middle East – from the Cold War to the War on Terror
By Patrick Tyler
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
628 pp., $30
New York Times correspondent Patrick Tyler presents an erudite and unusually eloquent analysis of 50 years of US policy in the Mideast. (Reviewed in the Monitor on 1/5/09.)

The Ascent of Money:
A Financial History of the World
By Niall Ferguson
Penguin
442 pp., $29.95
Scottish historian Niall Ferguson offers an engaging and convincing exploration of the links between money and human progress. (Monitor review 1/6/09)

The Somme:
The Darkest Hour on the Western Front
By Peter Hart
Pegasus Books/Norton
624 pp., $35
Historian Peter Hart relies on personal accounts to add a new dimension to this stirring history of the Great War’s bloodiest battle. (Monitor review 1/30/09)

A. Lincoln:
A Biography
By Ronald C. White Jr.
Random House
816 pp. $35
In this lively, informative biography, historian Ronald C. White traces the spiritual and intellectual evolution of Abraham Lincoln.(Monitor review 2/10/09)

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