10 books we’ve loved this year
BRING UP THE BODIES , by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt, $28). Mantel follows up her Booker-winning “Wolf Hall” with another tale of Thomas Cromwell, who plots to end the failing marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
HOUSE OF STONE: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East , by Anthony Shadid (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). The late American foreign correspondent rebuilds a house his great-grandfather owned in Lebanon.
MARIGOLD: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam , by James G. Hershberg (Stanford Univ., $39.50). U.S. policymakers missed an opportunity to end the Vietnam War in 1966, instead opting for a bombing campaign that led to seven more years of war and domestic upheaval.
MANHUNT: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden — From 9/11 to Abbottabad , by Peter L. Bergen (Crown, $26). Even with the media saturation of these events, Bergen manages to make the story of Osama bin Laden’s end into a real-life thriller.
THE PRESIDENTS CLUB: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (Simon & Schuster, $32.50). The special relationships among America’s post-World War II presidents.
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