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Year 2003 Top Nonfiction Picks

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer: Traces the events leading to the 1953 coup in Iran and it's consequences, discussing the covert operations under the joint authority of Eisenhower and Churchill involving prime minister Mossadegh and CIA officer Roosevelt.

Best Food Writing 2003 edited by Holly Hughes: The very best writing about food is found in this wonderfully crafted annual collection of culinary essays that includes the work of John Thorne, Amanda Hesser, and Calvin Trillin, among others.

Bushwhacked: Life In George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins: The best-selling political commentator and author of You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You offers a provocative critique of the presidency of George W. Bush, describing how the same flawed policies he used to govern Texas have affected health and safety standards, the economy, the environment, and more.

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile: Describes how, after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson persuaded his colleagues to fund the CIA's efforts to arm the mujahideen and the repercussions of the covert operation.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson: Compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths.

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell: Offering parents practical advice and guidelines on how to expand a child's world through books and reading, the author of Educating Esme introduces three thousand teacher-recommended book titles, along with hundreds of craft ideas, projects, recipes, activities, reading club tips, Web site recommendations, annotated book lists, and more.

Kate Remembered by Scott Berg: Recounts the remarkable life of leading lady Katharine Hepburn, presenting a portrait of the four-time Academy Award winner through her intimate conversations and private reflections on love, family, friendship, and show business. Also available in Large Print format.

Michelangelo & The Pope's Ceiling by Ross King: This wonderful book recounts the fascinating story of the four extraordinary years Michelangelo spent laboring over the twelve thousand square feet of the vast ceiling while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. Also available in Large Print format.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz: A personal energy training program, it outlines strategies on how to prevent burnout and improve productivity, discussing how to work with four key sources of energy, balancing stress and recovery, and implementing positive routines.

Sand In My Bra and Other Misadventures by Jessica Maxwell: A collection of humorous tales of travel adventures and misadventures by twenty-five contributors--including Anne Lamott, Ellen Degeneres, Sandra Tsing Loh, Sarah Vowell, and Cynthia Kaplan--ranges from being chased by a herd of African elephants to getting bitten by a goddess-possessed healer in Kathmandu.

The War Against America: Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Center Attacks, a Study in Revenge by Laurie Mylroie: Reexamines the evidence against Ramzi Yousef, the man held responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing, and argues that Yousef was an agent of Iraqi intelligence, and that Saddam Hussein was a major figure behind the attack.

The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer: A fascinating, accessible guide to "classical learning" helps readers fill in the holes in their education, from Herodotus to Cervantes, as it looks at great works of fiction, autobiography, history, poetry, drama and other genres, and provides annotated listings of suggested readings.

Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, 1903-2003 by Douglas Brinkley: Brinkley clearly documents the impact of Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company on human civilization and how automobile technology has affected industrial labor relations and America's middle class.