Nature’s top ten books of 2019


Frank Close, Trinity: The Treachery and Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History (Allen Lane, 2019) reviewed by Ann Finkbeiner.

Angela Saini, Superior (Beacon, 2019) reviewed by Robin Nelson.

A box containing glass eyes with irises of various colours.

Glass eyes of a type used in the twentieth century for ‘racial’ classification.Credit: David Harrison

Daniel Kennefick, No Shadow of a Doubt (Princeton, 2019) reviewed by Peter Coles.

Bathsheba Demuth, Floating Coast (W.W. Norton, 2019) reviewed by Sverker Sörlin.

Paul Steinhardt, The Second Kind of Impossible (Simon and Schuster, 2019) reviewed by Sharon Glotzer.

A hand holding a colourful quasicrystal model. Simon and Schuster.

A model of a quasicrystal structure.Credit: Alison Forner/The Second Kind of Impossible, Simon and Schuster

Kevin Walker, The Grand Food Bargain (Island Press, 2019) reviewed by Felicity Lawrence.

Sarah Parcak, Archaeology from Space (Henry Holt, 2019) reviewed by Jo Marchant.

David Spiegelhalter, The Art of Statistics (Pelican, 2019) reviewed by Evelyn Lamb.

3D illustration of tracking statistics concept

Tracking data can be baffling without a thorough knowledge of statistical approaches.Credit: solarseven/Getty

Arthur Holland Michel, Eyes in the Sky (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019) reviewed by Sharon Weinberger.

Sarah Dry, Waters of the World (Scribe UK, 2019) reviewed by Ruth A. Morgan.

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