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15 Best-Selling History Books of 2012 - December 31, 2012

Some of these books are must-reads. Others are of questionable historical value. What they all share in common is that they were bestsellers during 2012. Take a peak and see what you might have missed...

  1. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
    An historical narrative covering events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

  2. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham
    A biography of Thomas Jefferson - the man and the politician.

  3. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer
    A first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid.

  4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo
    This book offers a glimpse into what life is like in Annawaldi settlement, a slum on the outskirts of Mumbai.

  5. The Last Lion Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965, by William Manchester and Paul Reid
    Continuing Manchester & Reid's biography of Winston Churchill, this volume covers the years 1940-1965.

  6. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, by Anne Applebaum
    Chronicles the Communist takeover of Eastern Europe.

  7. The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America, by Tom Brokaw
    Brokaw has compiled a collection of inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference.

  8. The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, by Thomas E. Ricks
    A detailed history of both famous and infamous American military commanders.

  9. Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bedell Smith
    A lively biography of the English monarch.

  10. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert A. Caro
    The fourth volume in Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson.

  11. The Untold History of the United States, by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick
    The companion book to the Showtime documentary series.

  12. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West
    The author contends that the U.S. criminal justice system acts as a form of racial control.

  13. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle, by the Countess of Carnarvon
    This book tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey

  14. Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power, by Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Brzezinski argues that without an America that is economically vital, socially appealing, responsibly powerful, and capable of sustaining an intelligent foreign engagement, the geopolitical prospects for the West could become increasingly grave.

  15. Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, by Mitchell Zuckoff
    The story of a group of airplane crash survivors who trekked through the New Guinea jungle, dodging head hunters and Japanese soldiers, as they tried to reach safety.

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