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    Best nonfiction of 2014

    ALONZO FELIX FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

    David Shribman’s picks

    THE LONG SHADOW: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century

    By David Reynolds

    Norton, 544 pp., $32.50

    ON HIS OWN TERMS: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

    By Richard Norton Smith

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    Random House, 880 pp., $38

    LINCOLN AND THE POWER OF THE PRESS: The War for Public Opinion

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    By Harold Holzer

    Simon & Schuster, 768 pp., $37.50

    THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

    By Rick Perlstein

    Simon & Schuster, 880 pp., $37.50

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    THE MANTLE OF COMMAND: FDR at War, 1941-1942

    By Nigel Hamilton

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 528 pp., $30

    CLOUDS OF GLORY: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

    By Michael Korda

    Harper, 832 pp., $40

    THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA:

    The Making of Douglas MacArthur

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    By Mark Perry

    Basic, 416 pp., $29.99

    Kate Tuttle’s picks

    THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED: A Family Portrait

    By Blake Bailey

    Norton, 272 pp., $25.95

    CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?

    By Roz Chast

    Bloomsbury, 240 pp., $28

    THE PROBLEM OF SLAVERY IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION

    By David Brion Davis

    Knopf, 448 pp., $30

    BAD FEMINIST

    By Roxane Gay

    Harper Perennial, 336 pp., $15.99

    THE TRUE AMERICAN: Murder and Mercy in Texas

    By Anand Giridharadas

    Norton, 336 pp., $27.95

    THE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World

    By Greg Grandin

    Metropolitan, 384 pp., $30

    OPERATION PAPERCLIP: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America

    By Annie Jacobsen

    Little, Brown, 592 pp., $30

    THE EMPATHY EXAMS

    By Leslie Jamison

    Graywolf, 256 pp., paperback, $15

    THREE MINUTES IN POLAND: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

    By Glenn Kurtz

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

    432 pp., $30

    TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

    By John Lahr

    Norton, 784 pp., $39.95

    JUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and Redemption

    By Bryan Stevenson

    Spiegel & Grau, 352 pp., $28

    SOLDIER GIRLS: The Battles of Three Women at Home and Abroad

    By Helen Thorpe

    Scribner, 416 pp., $28