Editors' Picks: 2007's Top 25 in Nonfiction

Alan Weisman's World Without Us, a fascinating imaginative leap into a world where humankind has suddenly vanished, tops our list of the 25 best nonfiction releases this year. See the rest below, or find more of the Best of 2007:
1. The World Without Us
The World Without Us
by Alan Weisman
4.6 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews)
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July 5, 2007
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Because of the scientific terminology and the interlinked data amassed bit by bit, this is not an easy read for narrator or lay listener. But it's a fascinating book, and Grupper handles it well. Grupper's careful narration brings to life Weisman's judicio... Read more

2. A Long Way Gone
A Long Way Gone
by Ishmael Beah
4.6 out of 5 stars (33 customer reviews)
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Douglas & Mcintyre
February 13, 2007
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Starred Review. This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare. Beah's harrowing journey ... Read more

3. Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
by Bret Hart
4.8 out of 5 stars (18 customer reviews)
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Random House Canada
October 16, 2007
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Hart's account of his professional wrestling career is almost literally blow-by-blow, with detailed descriptions of the choreography of many of his most prominent matches in the former World Wrestling Foundation and the now-defunct World Championship Wrest... Read more

4. Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
by Atul Gawande
4.8 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews)
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Metropolitan Books
April 3, 2007
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Starred Review. Surgeon and MacArthur fellow Gawande applies his gift for dulcet prose to medical and ethical dilemmas in this collection of 12 original and previously published essays adapted from the New England Journal of Medicine and the New Yorker. If his 2002 collection, Complications, addressed the unfathomable ... Read more

5. I Am America and So Can You
I Am America and So Can You
by Stephen Colbert
4.3 out of 5 stars (19 customer reviews)
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October 9, 2007
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Starred Review. Realizing that it takes more than thirty minutes a night to fix everything that's destroying America, Colbert bravely takes on the forces aligned to destroy our country—whether they be terrorists, environmentalists, or Kashi brand breakfast cereals. His various targets include nature (I've never trusted the sea. ... Read more

6. Schulz And Peanuts: A Biography
Schulz And Peanuts: A Biography
by David Michaelis
4.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
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October 16, 2007
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Starred Review. For all the joy Charlie Brown and the gang gave readers over half a century, their creator, Charles Schulz, was a profoundly unhappy man. It's widely known that he hated the name Peanuts, which was foisted on the strip by his syndicate. But Michaelis (N.C. Wyeth: ... Read more

7. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens
4.1 out of 5 stars (61 customer reviews)
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McClelland & Stewart
May 1, 2007
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Hitchens, one of our great political pugilists, delivers the best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos. The same contrarian spirit that makes him delightful reading as a political commentator, even (or especially) when he's completely wrong, makes him ... Read more

8. The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
by Alan Greenspan
4.2 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)
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September 17, 2007
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Greenspan offers a revealing yet monotonous look at the inner workings of the Federal Reserve and his career. Beginning with his childhood in Manhattan, where he learned percentages by memorizing Yankee batting statistics, Greenspan relates his tremendous ... Read more

9. Memoirs: 1939-1993
Memoirs: 1939-1993
by Brian Mulroney
3.4 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)
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Douglas Gibson Books
September 10, 2007
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“Brian Mulroney’s Memoirs might be the finest and most comprehensive memoir of any Prime Minister in Canadian history.” - Ottawa Citizen“A must-read for anyone interested in Canadian history…” - The National Post“The material (in Memoirs) remains precious… for passionate [devotees] of politics and history these memoirs will remain a ... Read more

10. Einstein: His Life and Universe
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
4.9 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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April 10, 2007
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Acclaimed biographer Isaacson examines the remarkable life of "science's preeminent poster boy" in this lucid account (after 2003's ... Read more

11. My Years as Prime Minister
My Years as Prime Minister
by Jean Chretien
4.3 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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Knopf Canada
October 16, 2007
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My Years as Prime Minister is Jean Chrétien’s own story, told with insight and humour, of his ten years at 24 Sussex Drive as Canada’s twentieth prime minister.By the time he left office, Jean Chrétien had been in politics for forty years – and his experience is evident on ... Read more

12. Rest Is Noise
Rest Is Noise
by Alex Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
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FSG Adult
October 16, 2007
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Anyone who has ever gamely tried and failed to absorb, enjoy, and--especially--understand the complex works of Schoenberg, Mahler, Strauss, or even Philip Glass will allow themselves a wry smile reading ... Read more

13. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
by Rick Atkinson
4.8 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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October 2, 2007
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Starred Review. Atkinson surpasses his Pulitzer-winning An Army at Dawn in this empathetic, perceptive analysis of the second stage in the U.S. Army's grassroots development from well-intentioned amateurs to the most formidable fighting force of World War II. The battles in Sicily and Italy developed the combat effectiveness ... Read more

14. Emperor Of The North
Emperor Of The North
by James Raffan
4.8 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews)
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September 27, 2007
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"James Raffan joins the ranks of Pierre Berton and Peter C. Newman with this rollicking adventure story of the Hudson's Bay Company and its larger-than-life governor, Sir George Simpson." (Farley Mowat)... Read more

15. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
by Jeffrey Toobin
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
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Doubleday
September 18, 2007
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It's not laws or constitutional theory that rule the High Court, argues this absorbing group profile, but quirky men and women guided by political intuition. ... Read more

16. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
3.6 out of 5 stars (28 customer reviews)
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April 17, 2007
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In business and government, major money is spent on prediction. Uselessly, according to Taleb, who administers a severe thrashing to MBA- and Nobel Prize-credentialed experts who make their living from economic forecasting. A financial trader and current r... Read more

17. At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914-1916
At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914-1916
by Tim Cook
4.9 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)
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October 9, 2007
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At the Sharp End covers the harrowing early battles of World War One, when tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands, died, before the generals and soldiers found ways to break the terrible stalemate of the front. It provides both an intimate look at the Canadian men in the ... Read more

18. Planet Earth: As You’ve Never Seen It Before
Planet Earth: As You’ve Never Seen It Before
by Alastair Fothergill
4.7 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
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March 25, 2007
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In this gorgeous coffee-table book, an offshoot of the Discovery Channel/ BBC series of the same name, zoologist and BBC producer Fothergill takes readers on a kaleidoscopic tour of the flora, fauna and natural history of the Earth's poles, forests, plains... Read more

19. John A: The Man Who Made Us
John A: The Man Who Made Us
by Richard Gwyn
4.3 out of 5 stars (18 customer reviews)
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September 25, 2007
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“Judging by the first half, his two-volume biography will no doubt be ranked with Donald Creighton’s two-book landmark from the 1950s…Gwyn provides a more dispassionate analysis of this complicated man and his times…A welcome addition to the national library.” -The National Post“Gwyn has performed a service to 21st-century Canadians ... Read more

20. Blackwater: The Rise Of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
Blackwater: The Rise Of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
by Jeremy Scahill
3.1 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)
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Basic Books
March 8, 2007
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Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and security firm. It owes its existence, he shows, to the post–Cold War drawdown of U.S. armed forces, its prosperity to the post-9/11 overextension of those forces and its notoriety ... Read more

21. Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army
Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army
by Christie Blatchford
4.6 out of 5 stars (20 customer reviews)
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Doubleday Canada
October 30, 2007
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“Blatchford has the rare ability to make her descriptions of combat, particularly those involving loss of life and serious injury, almost embarrassing to the reader. You feel that you are eavesdropping on very private matters. Her extensive research and her own recollections as she was caught up in the ... Read more

22. The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need
The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need
by Chris Turner
4.7 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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Random House Canada
October 5, 2007
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Praise for Chris Turner and Planet Simpson:“One of this country’s smartest and most original pop-culture commentators.” —Hour (Montreal)“[An] absolutely must-have tome for the many Simpsons freaks, not just an over-sized fan’s guide but an absorbing take on why it matters.” —Toronto Star“Turner has written the definitive Simpsons study. He ... Read more

23. The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
by Richard Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
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April 10, 2007
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[Signature]Reviewed by John VaillantIn this radical departure from Preston's bestsellers on catastrophic diseases (The Demon in the Freezer, etc.), he journeys into the perpendicular universe of the world's tallest trees. Mostly California redwoods, they are the colossal remnants of a lost world, some predating the fall of Rome. Suspended ... Read more

24. The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating
The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating
by Alisa Smith
4.7 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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Random House Canada
March 12, 2007
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It's not surprising that authors/partners Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon's attempt to eat locally for one year--that is, consume only foodstuffs cultivated and harvested within 100 miles of their Vancouver pad--became a sensation first on the web and then... Read more

25. Beijing Confidential: A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found
Beijing Confidential: A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found
by Jan Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
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October 30, 2007
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Praise for Red China Blues:“A marvellous book by one of Canada’s best foreign correspondents at the top of her form.” —The Gazette (Montreal)“Totally captivating. A wonderful memoir.” —The Globe and Mail“With her unique perspective, Wong has given us front row seats at Mao’s theater of the absurd. ... Read more