Best Non-Fiction Book Ever

Updated on February 12, 2015 in Books
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Oh give me a break. Can there be any question that we’re talking about the 1967 Lower Manhattan telephone directory, published by the good people of AT&T? There were many fine afternoons discovering the subtle meaning of “212 673-2127” and the true numerological of “212 589-7444,” I must say.

on February 12, 2015

“Into Thin Air” by John Krakauer. He was on Mt. Everest in May 1996, when more people died in 24 hours than in any previous season.

His even-handed account shows the ongoing conflicts between experienced climbers and newbies who paid tens of thousands of dollars to commercial guides to get them to the top, sometimes literally “short-roping” (dragging) clients to the summit.

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In the name of accuracy, it’s probably James M. McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom, but my sentimental vote is for John M. Barry’s Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America. Absolutely gripping look at the economic development of the South, race relations, the corruption of Louisiana, race relations, and a host of other topics. Would make a great HBO miniseries.

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I loved The Color Of Water. I especially loved at the end when it listed every sibling and his or her accomplishments and degrees. It made me happy for the human race and gave me hope.

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