Best of Books

NONFICTION

1. 1493

Charles C. Mann

In this revelatory book about Columbus' arrival in the New World, Mann focuses on "the Columbian Exchange": when Europe and America came into contact, the membrane separating two radically different biospheres was ruptured, kicking off a riotous exchange of plants, animals and insects.

--LEV GROSSMAN

2. Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

Even though Jobs was a famous control freak, he gave Isaacson free rein to tell his life story. Jobs comes off as both fascinating and totally intolerable, but he shaped a great deal of the world we live in, and we owe it to ourselves...

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