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Economist Books of the Year 2010

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Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
"How Stalin and Hitler enabled each others' crimes...."
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
""Sleazy, personal, intrusive, shocking and horribly compulsive""
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
""Beautifully written, artfully constructed and full of new detail about the US president""
The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
"The paradox of China's threat from and support for corruption"
Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip
Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip
"a bestselling American journalist gets behind the wheel to explore how roads, and with them cars, are changing China"
Molotov's Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History
Molotov's Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History
"A modern classic, inspired by Stalin’s violent henchman and the library he built"
Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir
Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir
"An Indian Kashmiri journalist’s account of growing up during the insurgency"
The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe
The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe
"This sharp observer of modern Africa is aghast at the horror, yet still hopeful about Zimbabwe"
The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State
The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State
""A vivid, well-reported and intellectually sophisticated account of the surveillance state in the wake of the attacks on September 11th 2001""
The Rule of Law
The Rule of Law
"A cool but deadly dissection of the assault on the rule of law that was launched by the “war on terror”, by one of England's pre-eminent lawyers"
The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children's future - and why they should give it back
The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children's future - and why they should give it back
"How Britain will be split, not by class warfare, but by a generational divide"
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
"A magical study of how objects get handled, used and handed on, by a British ceramicist who inherited a vitrine of 264 Japanese netsuke"
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds
""The secrets and quarrels that made a great American poet. Emily Dickinson’s life was certainly stranger than fiction. Compulsive reading""
Finishing the Hat: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim (Volume 1) with attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes
Finishing the Hat: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim (Volume 1) with attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes
""A superior assessment of the art of the musical theatre, avade mecum of the genre, with piercing dismissals of Gilbert and Sullivan and Noel Coward, by the 80-year-old composer and lyricist"
The Cello Suites: In Search of a Baroque Masterpiece
The Cello Suites: In Search of a Baroque Masterpiece
""After 12 years of daily practising, Pablo Casals was ready to play Bach’s cello suites in public""
Why The West Rules--For Now
Why The West Rules--For Now
""An entertaining and plausible book by a British historian at Stanford University that shows how debates about the rise of China or the fall of the West are ultimately a sideshow""
Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62 (Peoples Trilogy)
Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62 (Peoples Trilogy)
""A heroic piece of research", which "focuses on how 55m died because of one man’s folly""
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
""The author of a 1989 bestseller, “Liar’s Poker”, exposes the greed and double-dealing that helped ignite the financial meltdown""
More Money Than God
More Money Than God
""A superbly researched history of hedge-fund heroes stretching back to the 1950s""
High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg
High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg
""The story of the scrappy refugee from Hitler’s Germany who changed the City and did more than most to boost London’s standing""
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
""A well-known British science writer challenges the nabobs of negativity who argue, among other things, that the world cannot possibly feed 9 billion mouths" and [that we head for a climate disaster]"
Freedom
Freedom
"A modern “Paradise Lost”"
To The End of the Land
To The End of the Land
""Secular, worldly, self-questioning and ironic, Israel’s most contentious writer may have written his most important novel yet, a searing account of a marriage, two sons and a doomed love affair""
Mr. Peanut
Mr. Peanut
""Nutty love. A deliciously clever first novel about marriage and how love’s honey glow dims with time, full of dark insight and even a touch of hope.""
White Egrets
White Egrets
""Luxuriates in description and the use of extended metaphor, as Homer did himself. A magnificent late achievement.""