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15 best nonfiction books of 2013

From a poet serving time in a Chinese prison to a farmer making cheese in a Spanish cave, from hurricane Katrina to the onset of World War I, this year's best nonfiction titles range far and wide, featuring stories that are tragic and funny, moving and transporting. Here are the 15 nonfiction titles Monitor critics liked best in 2013.

1. 'The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,' by George Packer

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Is America coming undone? “New Yorker” writer George Packer explores a slow meltdown. (You can read the Monitor's full review of "The Unwinding" here.)

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