Of the 27 books we reviewed in 2013, these six are particularly deserving of a spot on your nightstand:
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, By Eric Schlosser, Penguin, 632 pp., $36
Hallucinations, By Oliver Sacks, Knopf, 352 pp., $26.95
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956, By Anne Applebaum, Doubleday, 608 pp., $35
The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance, By Jonathan Jones, Knopf, 368 pp., $35
Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, By Richard Holmes, Pantheon, 416 pp., $35
Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein—Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe, By Mario Livio, Simon & Schuster, 341 pp., $26
To see the rest of the books we reviewed last year, click here.