15 best books of 2012 – nonfiction

Here are the Monitor's picks for the 15 best nonfiction books of 2012.

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11. 'Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty,' by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Scholars Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson offer a bracing, insightful examination of the root causes of the success and/or failure of the world’s civilizations. (Check out our interview with Acemoglu here.)

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