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Question #56948 posted on 04/07/2010 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love to read fiction books. But I would also love to read non-fiction. I find it very hard to stay interested in some of them; they have to be very well written. Does anyone have good suggestions for non-fiction books in the areas of political science, history or economics?

- Free Time

A: Dear how I envy you,

I know and read nothing about political science and economics other than the odd or very odd assignment for class. Believe me, nothing worth spending your free time on.

I have read a few non-fiction history books, and all the good ones I remember have to do with the Holocaust. If this subject doesn't interest you, just skip down to someone else's answer. My two favorite non-fiction history books are The Hiding Place and We are Witnesses. If you want to learn a bit more about the books, and risk picking up a few spoilers, look here and here.

-Pseudoname
A: Dear Free

History:
The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America


Economics:
Freakonomics

-Humble Master
A: Dear Free,

I suggest Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, to anyone who gives me the chance. It's international development...put that in whichever category you feel fits.

⋯Anomalous
A: Dear Free Time,

I just read a great book called They Dared Return about Jewish spies in Germany during World War II.

If you feel like branching out into other social sciences, I highly recommend anything by Marya Hornbacher and Beautiful Boy by David Sheff.

- The Black Sheep