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Year 2006 Top Nonfiction Picks

All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone by Myra MacPherson: Always skeptical, "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out," he memorably quipped. I. F. Stone was ahead of the pack on the most pivotal 20th-century trends: Hitler and the rise of Fascism, the Cold War, Vietnam, and Reaganomics.

Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future by Joel Rosenberg: In his first nonfiction book, New York Times' best-selling novelist Joel Rosenberg, an evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish background, takes the reader on a journey that includes interviews with Israeli, Palestinian and Russian leaders, previously classified CIA and White House documents, complemented with a powerful narrative that will fix your attention on how events are connected, from biblical prophecy to recent headlines.

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks: For this definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq, Ricks had access to more than 30-thousand pages of official documents, many of them never before made public, plus the cooperation of military personnel.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore: A battle cry about what needs to be done about global warming.

My Life in France by Julia Child: Julia Child brought French cooking to American kitchens through the medium of television. With the assistance of her husband's grandnephew Alex Prud'homme, she recounts her experiences between 1948 and 1954 in Paris and Marseille, in her words the best years of her life. (Also available in Large Print.)

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard: Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it: ”the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Three men would die and the expedition endured starvation, Indian attack, disease and murder before completing their quest. (Also available in Large Print.)

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson: In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men ”Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication”whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. (Also available in Large Print.)

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan: The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Egan eloquently tells the stories of the people that held on, endured and survived.