Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

Jon Foro on January 15, 2019
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In the Amazon Books editor's picks for the best nonfiction of January: A 20th anniversary celebration of The Sopranos and everyone's favorite waste management consultant; a master of the dark arts of hacking; an epic guitar war (a conflict in which there can be no loser); privacy in the age of convenience; and grammar! All that, plus five more of January's best true tales from our selections for the best books of the month.

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The Sopranos Sessions by Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the show that launched the "golden age of television," Seitz abd Sepinwall's book revisits the groundbreaking series through this collection of recaps, essays and criticism. Those still frustrated with the ambiguous finale may be most interested in the in-depth interviews with creator David Chase, which might merit careful reading. If you catch my drift. 

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Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien" by Jeremy N.Smith

We happen to be unlucky enough to be living in the worst time in history for keeping secrets. Smith’s breaking/_and/entering| explores the darker corners of cybersecurity through the story of “Alien,” a woman initiated into the dark arts of black-hattery when she arrived at MIT in the early 1990s, and later developed an arsenal of digital trespassing tools that included physical disguise.

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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

“Only godless savages eschew the series comma.”

100%. But I prefer Oxford comma.

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The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll by Ian S. Port

It's Harrison, Townshend, Hendrix, and Eddies Hazel and Van Halen versus Clapton, Lennon, Bolan, and two Mick Joneses. Stratocaster versus Gibson. Les versus Leo. Does this matter? Absolutely.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

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The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America by Sarah E. Igo


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