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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 83 – The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1776-1788)

Perhaps the greatest and certainly one of the most influential history books in the English language retains its power today<p>The most celebrated history book in the English language has its own famous founding myth:<p>“It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

25 books that will blow your mind

We've put together a list of 25 such books — taking inspiration from Amazon's list of 100 books to read in your lifetime, recommendations from Goodreads users, as well as some of our own personal favorites.<p>These books' exploration of politics, history, and the human condition are so insightful, …

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4 old books for the new year

We are already inundated with lists of books published in the past year or about to be published. So I'm going to do something different: I'm going …

Books

The Top History Books of 2016

This detailed account of the battles for control over the great expanse of the American plains brings nuance and new details to a moment that needs …

Books

21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Championed by 21 writers you have.<p>Ever come across a book—on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s <i>Bachelor</i> viewing party—that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t really believe you’ve never heard of it …

Books: 10 most important books of 2016 and more

Hello, I'm books editor Carolyn Kellogg, with this week's book news for you.<p><b>THE BIG STORY</b><p>Looking back on the year, I've selected the 10 most important books of 2016. Because books take so long to create, there's no guarantee that they'll be as meaningful when they're published as they were when …

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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016

The Italian writer Italo Calvino defined a classic as “a book that’s never finished saying what it has to say.” This year, The Times’s daily critics reviewed nearly 250 titles. What follows are their lists of the fiction and nonfiction books that most moved, excited and enlightened them in 2016 — …

Philosophical Novels — a Five Books interview with Rebecca Goldstein

You are quite unusual in having a degree in philosophy, being a philosopher in your own right, but also being a novelist. How did you begin writing …

We read all 20 National Book Award nominees for 2016. Here's what we thought.

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 20 books — five fiction, five nonfiction, five poetry, five young adult — for the National Book Award, which celebrates the best of American literature. And every year (okay, every year since 2014), we here at Vox read all 20 finalists to help you …

10 books everyone between 18 and 30 should read

It's no secret that people of all ages love reading Young Adult (YA) books even though they're meant for ages 12 to 18, but New Adult (NA) fiction is the best genre you've never heard of.<p>NA deals with common themes of self-discovery, emerging independence, and complicated relationships, but without …

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Short and spectacular - 21 great novels under 200 pages long

12 September 2017<p>As rewarding as an immersive 600+ page epic can be, sometimes it’s the more compact stories that hit the hardest.<p>Creating memorable …

This science fiction novel is a perfect antidote to U.S. election season | Ars Technica

Malka Older's Infomocracy is a realistic picture of a future global democracy.<p>Sometimes you need to escape from the news by plunging into a …

20 Authors' First Books to Read in Your Twenties

Is there any better time to be a reader than in your twenties?<p>Freed from the assigned reading lists of the first two decades of your life, but with plenty of room left in your brain for new stories and ideas, you may never be more receptive to the book that will change your life than you are in …

Literature

11 Best Books to Read in August

Sweeping family epics, intimate personal tales, Hollywood escapades, and a close look at places we know little about.<p>August yields some extraordinarily rich reading, from big family epics to stories that narrow the viewfinder to focus on just two or three people, from small American towns to the …