The Best of Everything Nonfiction for 2009
Here is my list of the very best nonfiction books, films, and documentaries that I've seen or read this past year. Only books or films that got a four star rating or higher made the list. Anything getting a five star rating is indicated with an asterisk. The items in this list do not necessarily have to have been released in 2009.
The Lost City of Z
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
* Out of Captivity
The Great Depression Ahead
Hot, Flat, and Crowded
* The Bounty
Crazy For The Storm
* Hunting Eichmann
* The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
Of all the books and films that I came across this past year, the one story that I felt totally immersed in was the story of the Mutiny on The Bounty. One reason is that it's a story that took over two hundred years to develop. The other reason is that I was able to experience this story from a number of perspectives. I first became interested in the story after reading Lost Paradise by Kathy Marks. That book just missed making my best of 2009 list. The book tells the story of what happened to the descendants of the mutineers who ended up on Pitcairn island. Not a pretty picture. I next read The Bounty by Caroline Alexander. This book tells the story of the mutiny and how the mutineers took refuge on Pitcairn. Lastly, I rented the movie The Bounty with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. If you're looking for total immersion, these three works are worth your time. A documentary concerning this story is also in the works.