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Jul 25, 2014 — Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.
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Dec 13, 2013 — The players that year faced a sobering new reality: The nation was at war, and they'd soon leave the football field behind for the battlefield. In All American, author Steve Eubanks recalls that game through the eyes of two players — Army quarterback Chad Jenkins and Navy linebacker Brian Stann.
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Nov 26, 2013 — For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews who identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.
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Aug 19, 2013 — T.E. Lawrence, the British officer who played a key role in the Middle East during World War I, served as one of that war's few romantic champions. Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia explains how Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes.
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Aug 16, 2013 — Debuting at No. 9, Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia looks back on the Arab Revolt of WWI.
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May 31, 2013 — Historian Mary Louise Roberts' new book explores the interactions between soldiers and French women after the U.S. liberated France. She found that American soldiers horrified some towns by having sex with prostitutes in public places, and 1944 saw a wave of rape accusations against GIs.
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Apr 29, 2013 — In nonfiction, Jonathan Franzen's collection of recent essays and Bob Spitz's Julia Child biography arrive in paperback. In softcover fiction, Herta Muller and Kevin Powers render worlds of excruciating hardship, while Chris Cleave explores a complicated rivalry.
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Feb 25, 2013 — In fiction, Peter Cameron's complicated romance, Mohammed Hanif's tale of unwelcome inheritance, Kathryn Harrison's historical drama, and Stephen Dau's bildungsroman arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, James Fallows documents the rise of China's aerospace industry.
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Jan 4, 2013 — At No. 9, Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds details the friendship between two Iraq War vets.
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Nov 28, 2012 — Ben Fountain's newest book, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, takes place over the course of a single day in the life of Spc. William Lynn. Author Jonathan Evison writes that this is a book so vivid he felt like he lived it. Have you ever read a book that felt real? Tell us in the comments.
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