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Nonfiction Books That Shed Light on Crime in the Real World

NonfictionCrimeBooks_NovelSuspectsNonfiction can sometimes be dry, but true crime books rarely are. If you’re looking for some compelling books—the kind that keeps you wanting to turn pages, not the kind that will put you to sleep—nonfiction crime books are a great choice. These five crime books provide fascinating windows into history, politics, and current events, from the Rwandan genocide and the illegal gold trade to Chinese government surveillance and the effects of crime on small-town Appalachia. They’re a blend of investigative journalism, memoir, biography, history, and cultural analysis. The best true crime stories, and the best history books, are not only engaging and hard to put down, but teach us something new about the world we live in—and how to go on living in. These five books do exactly that.