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The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2012

List Criteria: Non-fiction books released between January and December of 2012.

The best non-fiction books of 2012 include some of the greatest works of the year. Many of the non-fiction books listed here were best sellers, not surprisingly. A few might not be as well known, but they wound up landing on many "best of" year-end books lists. If you've read any (or all) of these books listed here, please vote for the ones you liked the most, and vote down any non-fiction reads you just didn't like in 2012. Also, if a favorite isn't listed, feel free to add it.

The most notable works of non-fiction in 2012 covered a variety of different subjects. From the political to the historical, each non-fiction book offers a reader a unique perspective. As always, memoirs are popular non-fiction works year after year. 2012's 'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail' by Cheryl Strayed is an inspiring and uplifting true story of the author's journey (mental and physical) back from despair.

Other popular non-fiction books in 2012 included Susan Cain's 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking,' (a well-researched look at why introverts are successful and thriving), 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity' by Katherine Boo (the National Book Award winner in 2012), and 'Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956' by Anne Applebaum (an amazing study on the origins of the cold war).

Which of these great works of non-fiction deserve to be called the best of 2012? That's entirely up to you, so don't forget to vote. Also, if you're a fiction fan, check out this list of the best novels of 2012, too!

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    No Easy Day Mark Owen

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    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Susan Cain

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    Cheryl Strayed

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    The End of Your Life Book Club Will Schwalbe

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    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill William Manchester

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    Anthony Shadid

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    Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 Anne Applebaum

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    new! Detroit City is the Place to Be Mark Binelli

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    Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo

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    Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power Rachel Maddow

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    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty James A. Robinson, Daron Acemo─člu

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    Antifragile Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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    The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg

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    Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown Eric Blehm

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    The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 4 Robert A. Caro

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    The Distance Between Us: A Memoir Reyna Grande

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    All We Know: Three Lives Lisa Cohen

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    Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies Ben Macintyre

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    The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail-But Some Don't Nate Silver

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    Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power Jon Meacham

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    Embers of War Fredrik Logevall

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    Lifespan of a Fact John D'Agata and Jim Fingal

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    The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception Robin Gaby Fisher

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    added by philthepassage The Passage Phillip M Vitti

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    Killing Kennedy Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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