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Updated by Nadine Mathu on Mar 05, 2015
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Best Nonfiction Books That Read Like Fiction

Because fiction is my default genre, I really liked all these nonfiction books that have all the attributes of good stories. Add your suggestions!

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

HeLa cells have been used in research labs worldwide and have even journeyed to the moon. Henrietta Lacks' virile cancer cells were a boon for scientists who needed hardy cells to culture and use. However, Henrietta, a young African American woman, never gave permission for her cells to be used in this way. What is more, neither she nor her family got any financial benefit from the use of her cells.

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Frankly, this book had me at the cover. The mystery surrounding the final days of the Russian Imperial Romanov family is tinged with lies, deceit and intrigue. The cover, as well as the contents, divulges the human side of the demise. It is the story of a family.

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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

This book details the hair-raising story of how a group of Israeli super-spies track the notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The narrative of their painstaking plan to bring him to justice reads like the best espionage novel you can imagine--except that it's true,