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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

Random House, 880 pp., $38

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

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

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

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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