Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

Jon Foro on February 13, 2017

Amazon Book Review: Homo DeusHere are a few of our favorite nonfiction titles for February. See more of our nonfiction picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.

One of our favorite books of 2015 was Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens, a book that tackled evolutionary concepts from a historian’s perspective, ultimately asking the question, Does all this progress make us happier, our lives easier? So we were delighted to learn of his latest book, Homo Deus, which looks in the opposite direction: toward our future. In his review, Amazon editor Chris Schluep wrote: 

Homo Deus is the kind of provocative, food-for-thought read that drew so many of us to his work in the first place. According to Harari, our future could be very different from our present - dark, technocratic, and automated - but reading about our possible fates, presented in Harari’s illuminating style, sure is fascinating.

Also impressive: Publishing two 500-page, deep, thought-provoking books in two years.

Here are a few more of our February favorites:


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The Upstarts by Brad Stone
Stone follows up  The Everything Store (an examination of a certain online retailer) with this look into a few of Silicon Valley's most successful disruptive companies, notably Airbnb and Uber. Amazon editor Adrian Liang calls The Upstarts "timely, clear-eyed, and crisply written ... a must for readers seeking insight into how ideas and eventually businesses can succeed or fail in a technology-rich landscape."

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High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel
As the recipient of four Academy Awards, High Noon is often cited among the best - and most loved - films ever made. It was also produced square in the age of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, when many working in Hollywood were blacklisted under accusations of Communism. Frankel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, adds a dark dimension to the classic Western.

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Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson
Written on the premise that nothing "goes viral" out of nowhere,  Hit Makers is a sort of Tipping Point for the age of Facebook, exposing the hidden machinery and networks that make blockbusters, but most often don't.

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