2011 saw people hungry for information. These four non-fiction books offered some of the year's best (and most entertaining) sources:
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
A competitor in the U.S. Memory Championship, Foer delves into scientific research and the cultural history of memory to help readers stop forgetting and build better memories. As we learn through conversations with varied personalities, we are the sum of our memories.
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick
Information is now overly accessible in our culture, but Gleick traces how this reality evolved with the growth of information technologies and the contributions of figures such as Alan Turing and Claude Shannon.
What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
Drawing on his personal experience of being a 23 year-old lieutenant, Marlantes weaves an affecting portrait of the consequences of war for young soldiers. Including thoughts from Homer, Jung, and others, Marlantes illuminates a difficult to imagine reality for many readers.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Isaacson’s candid portrait of the late creative entrepreneur is based off two years of over 40 interviews with Jobs himself along with quotes and opinions from family members, friends, co-workers, and competitors.