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The 10 Non-Fiction Books Nominated for the National Book Award

The National Book Foundation announced the longlist for 2014 National Book Awards for nonfiction yesterday.

There are only a few books on the list that would qualify as “business books,” but that’s why I published the list. 250 Word readers are intelligent business thinkers who are interested in smart non-fiction books in general. (Am I wrong? You’re always welcome to email me at Sam@250Words.com). The nominees for the National Book Award list include histories of World War II, a memoir, a book on contemporary China, and Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators, which I’ve seen on dozens of lists.

The five finalists–and one winner–will be announced November 19th at a ceremony in New York. Here’s a list of previous winners.

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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir

1Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast

The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

2The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

3No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal

The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942

4The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton

The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

5The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

6Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

7Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

8When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. Rosbottom

Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

9Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic by Matthew Stewart

The Meaning of Human Existence

10The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson

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