《近邻远邻：苏联情报新史》Near and Distant Neighbours: A New History of Soviet Intelligence
A detailed appraisal of how the Soviet Union handled undercover operations from the communist revolution in 1917 until the end of the cold war. The most gripping chapters focus on the chaos that was unleashed by Josef Stalin.
《我们的孩子：危机中的美国梦》Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
The most important divide in America today is class, not race, and the place where it matters most is in the home. In a thoughtful and persuasive book, the former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government analyses the growing gulf between how the rich and the poor raise their children, adding a liberal voice to long-standing conservative complaints about family breakdown.
《朝鲜秘闻：私人市场、时尚潮流、劳改营、异见者与叛国者》North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors
作者：Daniel Tudor and James Pearson
Two knowledgeable journalists offer a bird's-eye view of everyday life that teases out how the famine of the 1990s prompted unexpected change in the attitudes, governance and lives of ordinary North Koreans, giving the lie to the simplistic view that Koreans are a homogenous people under the thumb of a power-crazed dictator.
《贫民窟：调查谋杀潮》Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic
Black men are still dying at alarming rates in the toughest urban pockets even though, overall, America's murder rate is down. A study of one neighbourhood in Los Angeles has the power to change how people think about policing in America.
《曾经辉煌：底特律往事》Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story
One of America's finest non-fiction writers, a son of Detroit, offers a lively and meticulously researched account of how the city, once the engine room of America, began sputtering.
《长崎：核劫余生》Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War
The searing account of five teenage hibakusha ("explosion-affected people"): how they survived the atom bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945, and the terrible price they paid in the aftermath of the war.
《滑铁卢：四天三军三战史》Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
A great and terrible story of a battle that was fought 200 years ago, told with energy and clarity by a writer who has a deep understanding of men in combat and why they do what they do. "Waterloo" proves that Bernard Cornwell's non-fiction is as fine as his novels, if not finer.
《奥斯曼衰亡：中东大战》The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
How a multinational Muslim empire was destroyed by the first world war, by a historian of the 20th century who is director of the Middle East Centre at Oxford University.
《黑土地：作为历史和警示的大屠杀》Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
A historian at Yale University has made a detailed study of where Jews were in most danger during the second world war. In France and Italy, three-quarters of the Jews survived. In eastern territories, which suffered "double occupation", first by the Soviets and then by the Nazis, at least 90% of them perished.
《元老院与市民：古罗马史》SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
A masterly new chronicle, by Britain's most engaging historian of the ancient world, about Rome from its myth-shrouded origins to the early third century. She shows that the key to its dominance was granting citizenship to so many people.
《棉花帝国》Empire of Cotton: A Global History
By focusing on a sector that until 1900 was the world's most important manufacturing industry, Sven Beckert offers a fine account of 900 years of globalisation.
《眼睛听到什么？踢踏舞的历史》What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing
How tap-dancing entertained many, even as it had clear racist overtones. An engaging, warts-and-all history of one of America's greatest creative inventions by a dance critic at the New York Times.
《扑火：沙皇俄罗斯的帝国、战争与终结》Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
How Russia went to war. A gripping, poignant and in some respects revolutionary contribution to European history by a distinguished British scholar who is descended from several of the protagonists he describes.