The Best Nonfiction Books of June

Our picks for the best true tales of the month, including: our complicated relationship with an apex predator; the not-so-inevitable fates written in your genes; and the brave new intersection of technology, data, and advertising.

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Feets of Strength

Employers beware: The World Cup is coming, and productivity is about to drop. Get up to speed on everything soccer, from its greatest players to its greatest teams to its greatest haircuts.

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Tales of Fateful Trips

They say that these are the two best days of boat ownership: The day you buy your boat, and the day you sell your boat. Sometimes, the ocean decides you only get the first. Here are five books about calamity on the open ocean, from the triumphant and inspirational to the mysterious and tragic. 

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A Sex Money Murder Exclusive

Jonathan Green spent years researching one of the most powerful and ruthless gangs of the crack-fueled '80s and '90s that is still referenced in rap songs decades later.  In this exclusive piece, Green talks about the cultural power of Sex Money Murder.

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A Guide to "Roughing It" for Hipsters and Other Artisanal Types

Forget rubberized covers: There's a new aesthetic for books about camping and the outdoors, and it's young and classy. Here's a selection of books that will look bomber on your bookshelf, even if you never read them.

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"Be Our Guest!" at Gray Malin's Hotel Circus Extravaganza

What do a lion, an elephant, and a monkey have to do with comfy beds, a turquoise swimming pool, and perhaps a game of croquet?  The answer lies in Palm Springs...

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of May

What happens when you actually run away and join the circus? Find out in this month's picks, along with a monumental biography of a monumental actor/comedian, an ambivalent story about the ambivalence of parenting, and more.

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The Strangest Museum Heist You've Never Heard Of

Rare dead birds, obsessive fly-tiers, a small natural history museum in England, and a golden flute all play crucial roles in a fascinating crime.

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The Mariners Had a No-Hitter: Here's a Baseball Book List

In honor of the Seattle Mariners' no-hitter, here's a list of baseball books. 

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An Excerpt from Zora Neale Hurston's "Barracoon"

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston, who became one of the best-known writers of the Harlem Renaissance, traveled to Alabama to interview Oluale Kossula, the only living survivor of the last shipment of African slaves to the United States. Hurston, who studied anthropology at Barnard, compiled Kossula's tragic oral history into "Barracoon," published today for the first time.

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For Those Who Have Already Rocked

Twilight of the Gods salutes you. We spoke with author Steven Hyden about the "end of classic rock" as many of its stars embark on their farewell tours—its lasting influence, bad records that are secretly good records, and whether or not rock is really dead.

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Make Room, Grumpy Cat, Juniper the Fox Has Arrived...

A 600-pound house pig named Esther? Check.  A grumpy feline with two million Instagram followers? Check.  Now meet Juniper...

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The Best Nonfiction of May

A bird-brained heist, dirty dealings at a Silicon Valley start-up, and the science of psychedelics are just three of our selections for the top true tales of the month.

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Madeleine Albright Sounds a Warning on the Global Rise of Fascism

We speak with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the historic and current rise of fascism, the danger of hypernationalism, and how to get out of our own echo chambers.

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The Lure of the Gurus

The riveting six-part documentary series Wild Wild Country recounts the weird, dark tale of "the Bhagwan," his thousands of maroon-clad acolytes, and their takeover of a tiny Oregon town. How did this happen, and why are people drawn to megalomaniacs, over and over again? Here are four books exploring cults of personality, from family-size to village-scale, with endings ranging from uplifting to disastrous. 

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