If 2011 was the year of the "tell-some" Bush administration memoir, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a somewhat spicier new year in printed matter. And by all accounts, it seems promising: From riveting narratives of the bloody Arab Spring to Pulitzer-prize reporting from India and Lebanon to an inside look at Gen. David Petraeus -- and hopefully another scorcher from Michael Hastings -- FP's editors are looking forward to a crop of smart books slated for publication next year. Here's our pick of the best 21.
Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation by Ashraf Khalil (Jan. 3)
Cairo-based reporter and FP contributor Ashraf Khalil was in the thick of the Egyptian revolution when it broke out in January. Nearly a year later, Khalil looks back at the time he spent among the masses in Tahrir Square -- where he withstood angry mobs and tear gas attacks -- in this eyewitness account of the movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings (Jan. 5)
Now famous for the bombshell 2010 Rolling Stone article that got Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired, Michael Hastings picks up where he left off with a behind-the-scenes look at the war in Afghanistan. His reports from top-brass planning sessions and late-night bar conversations leave the author questioning the strategy and long-term prospects of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.