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Subject: B&N's Top 10 History Books of 2008
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 9:22 AM ET
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In 2008, we were blessed with absorbing new books about world-changing figures and fascinating eras – a true cause for celebration. Indeed, award-winning correspondent Dexter Filkins delivered a courageously monumental book that stands out from the pack: The Forever War, a searing and brutally honest narrative that has become an instant classic of war literature.

  1. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
  2. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
  3. Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made A Nation by John Carlin
  4. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
  5. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
  6. To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 -- The Epic Battle That Ended the First World War by Edward G. Lengel
  7. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
  8. Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick
  9. The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester
  10. Antoine's Alphabet: Watteau and His World by Jed Perl