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Favorite Books

by Bill Hayes

Another best list. This time Newsweek and Daily Beast contributors select their favorite books of the year.

Editor Tina Brown picked these:

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga. A vivid, venal tale — couldn’t put it down. It’s about a rapacious real-estate developer pitted against a proud teacher determined never to leave a shabby apartment in the greedy, ruthless milieu of modern Mumbai.

Catherine the Great by Robert Massie. One of the world’s great rulers finally gets the biography she deserves in this hugely enjoyable romp through the royal court, her prodigious love life, and the nitty gritty of just how she built up Russia.

The Storm of War by Andrew Roberts. In one irresistibly readable book, Roberts has done what I thought was impossible — given us the whole bloody second world war from the brass buttons of the generals down to the mud-filled trenches and stretching across the globe.