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Top Ten Nonfiction Books

Killers of the ​Flower Moon
Killers of the ​Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI ... Killers of the Flower Moon reads like narrative-nonfiction as written by James M. Cain ...

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In Cold Blood​
In Cold Blood​

So when I went to the prison to visit I would bring parts, some little thing for Perry to read. Perry's greatest objection was the title. He didn't like it because he said the crime wasn't committed in cold blood. I told him the title had a double meaning. What was the other meaning? he wanted to know.

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Silent Spring​
Silent Spring​

Silent Spring is a classic of American advocacy, a book that sparked a nationwide outcry against the use of pesticides, inspired legislation that would endeavour to control pollution, and thereby launched the modern environmental movement in the US.

Sapiens: A ​Brief History of Humankind​
Sapiens: A ​Brief History of Humankind​

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Hebrew: קיצור תולדות האנושות ‎, [Ḳitsur toldot ha-enoshut]) is a book by Yuval Noah Harari first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011, and in English in 2014.

A Room of ​One's Own​
A Room of ​One's Own​

Start studying Nonfiction: From A Room of One`s Own by Virginia Woolf. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.

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Hidden ​Figures
Hidden ​Figures

Start by marking “Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space” as Want to Read:

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When Breath ​Becomes Air​
When Breath ​Becomes Air​

When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both. Praise for When Breath Becomes Air “I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. . . .

The Immortal ​Life of Henrietta Lacks​
The Immortal ​Life of Henrietta Lacks​

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) is a non-fiction book by American author Rebecca Skloot. It was the 2011 winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in science, engineering or medicine.

The Devil in ​the White City
The Devil in ​the White City

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is a 2003 historical non-fiction book by Erik Larson presented in a novelistic style. The book is based on real characters and events. Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the film rights in 2010.

The Double ​Helix
The Double ​Helix

James D. Watson, The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (1968), Atheneum, 1980, ISBN 0-689-70602-2, OCLC 6197022; James D. Watson, The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix, edited by Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski (2012) Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4767-1549-0.

Being Mortal: ​Medicine and What Matters in the End​
Being Mortal: ​Medicine and What Matters in the End​

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable.

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Unbroken
Unbroken

Unbroken is a biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in the Pacific theater, spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in three brutal Japanese prisoner-of-war camps.

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The General ​Theory of Employment, Interest and Money​
The General ​Theory of Employment, Interest and Money​

The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money of 1936 is the last and most important book by the English economist John Maynard Keynes. It created a profound shift in economic thought, giving macroeconomics a central place in economic theory and contributing much of its terminology – the “Keynesian Revolution”.

The Feminine ​Mystique​
The Feminine ​Mystique​

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 18 – The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (1963) The book that ignited second-wave feminism captured the frustration of a generation of middle-class American housewives by daring to ask ‘is this all?’

1776​
1776​

This handsome new version of McCullough's blockbuster (2.6 million copies of the original edition in print) is a visual feast. The text is abridged, but McCullough illustrates his riveting acc

Guns, Germs, ​and Steel​
Guns, Germs, ​and Steel​

Get This Book In 1532, when Francisco Pizarro met Incan emperor Atahualpa in what would later become modern-day Peru, Atahualpa’s men outnumbered him 476 to one. And yet Pizarro captured him within minutes.

Barracoon: ​The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"​
Barracoon: ​The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"​

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” Zora Neale ... MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE. ... Religion Nonfiction. Romance. Sci-Fi. Top 10 Overall.

Tuesdays With ​Morrie​
Tuesdays With ​Morrie​

Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom. The story was later recreated by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name directed by Mick Jackson, which aired on December 5, 1999 and starred Hank Azaria. The book topped the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers of 2000.

The Emperor ​of All Maladies​
The Emperor ​of All Maladies​

All-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books. ... The Emperor of All Maladies. By Gilbert Cruz Aug. 17, 2011. Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee. Year Released: 2010. Get This ...

Homage to ​Catalonia​
Homage to ​Catalonia​

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell's personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War. The first edition was published in the United Kingdom in 1938. The book was not published in the United States until February 1952, when it appeared with an influential preface by Lionel Trilling.

The Prince​
The Prince​

Il Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was originally written in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death.

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Hiroshima​
Hiroshima​

Hiroshima is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey. It tells the stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, covering a period of time immediately prior to and one year after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. It was originally published in The New Yorker.

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Black Boy​
Black Boy​

Black Boy (1945) is a memoir by American author Richard Wright, detailing his youth in the South: Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee, and his eventual move to Chicago, where he establishes his writing career and becomes involved with the Communist Party in the United States.

No Logo: ​Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies​
No Logo: ​Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies​

Naomi Klein: No Logo was hailed as a mix of radical journalism and a call to arms. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer S ome titles in this list are “zeitgeist books”, owing much of their success and influence to the way in which, consciously or otherwise, they channel the mood of the times.

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The Sixth ​Extinction: An Unnatural History​
The Sixth ​Extinction: An Unnatural History​

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a 2014 non-fiction book written by Elizabeth Kolbert and published by Henry Holt & Company. The book argues that the Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction.

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A Walk in the ​Woods
A Walk in the ​Woods

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is a 1998 autobiographical book by travel writer Bill Bryson, describing his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend "Stephen Katz".

Outliers​
Outliers​

Outliers: The Story of Success is the third non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell and published by Little, Brown and Company on November 18, 2008. In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.

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Fast Food ​Nation
Fast Food ​Nation

Schlosser's incisive history of the development of American fast food indicts the industry for some shocking crimes against humanity, including systematically destroying the American diet and landscape, and undermining our values and our economy.

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Evicted: ​Poverty and Profit in the American City​
Evicted: ​Poverty and Profit in the American City​

“Evicted is a striking account of a severe and rapidly developing form of economic hardship in the U.S. Matthew Desmond’s riveting narrative of the experiences of families in Milwaukee embroiled in the process of eviction will not only shock general readers, but it will broaden the perspective of experts on urban poverty as well.

The ​Omnivore's Dilemma​
The ​Omnivore's Dilemma​

The Omnivore's Dilemma should rightfully deserve credit for bring issues of food into popular discussion. However, there are some errors and omissions which bear repeating. It is the role of a book about scientific analysis to be as objectively true as possible, and let rhetorical flourish come later.

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Notes of a ​Native Son​
Notes of a ​Native Son​

Notes of a Native Son is a non-fiction book by James Baldwin. It was his first non-fiction book, and was published in 1955. The volume collects ten of Baldwin's essays, which had previously appeared in such magazines as Harper's Magazine, Partisan Review, and The New Leader.

How to Win ​Friends and Influence People​
How to Win ​Friends and Influence People​

There aren’t many people who don’t want to be liked or influential. Which may be the primary reason that Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People, first printed in 1937, has become such a classic.

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Under the ​Banner of Heaven​
Under the ​Banner of Heaven​

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith is a nonfiction book by best-selling author Jon Krakauer, first published in July 2003.

Freakonomics​
Freakonomics​

Freakonomics peaked at number two among nonfiction on The New York Times Best Seller list and was named the 2006 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Adult Nonfiction category. The book received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator Metacritic reported the book had an average score of 67 out of 100, based on 16 reviews.

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The 7 Habits ​of Highly Effective People​
The 7 Habits ​of Highly Effective People​

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages worldwide, and the audio version has sold 1.5 million copies, and remains one of the best selling nonfiction business books in history.

Quiet
Quiet

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is a 2012 non-fiction book written by Susan Cain.Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to "a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness.". The book presents a history of how Western culture transformed from a culture of character to ...

The ​Communist Manifesto​
The ​Communist Manifesto​

The Communist Manifesto is the result of a meeting of international communists in London. It vividly portrays the first common position of political communism regarding the class struggle between the working class and the capitalist bourgeoisie.

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The Tipping ​Point​
The Tipping ​Point​

Gladwell's applications of his ""tipping point"" concept to current phenomena--such as the drop in violent crime in New York, the rebirth of Hush Puppies suede shoes as a suburban mall favorite, teenage suicide patterns and the efficiency of small work units--may arouse controversy.

Blink: The ​Power of Thinking Without Thinking​
Blink: The ​Power of Thinking Without Thinking​

Start by marking “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking ... business / non-fiction" type books I ... a book has the words "power" and "thinking" in ...

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Into the Wild​
Into the Wild​

Into the Wild is a 1996 non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It is an expansion of a 9,000-word article by Krakauer on Christopher McCandless titled "Death of an Innocent", which appeared in the January 1993 issue of Outside.

The Origins of ​Totalitarianism​
The Origins of ​Totalitarianism​

All-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books. Politics and war, science and sports, ... The Origins of Totalitarianism. By Josh Sanburn Aug. 17, 2011. Author: Hannah Arendt.

Into Thin Air​
Into Thin Air​

10 Best Nonfiction Books of All-Time This is my list of the 10 best nonfiction books. These are the pillar books that have helped shape my thinking and approach to life. In my opinion, these are 10 nonfiction books everyone should read. They are listed here in no particular order.

The Varieties ​of Religious Experience​
The Varieties ​of Religious Experience​

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 53 – The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James ... In his approach to religious experience, ...

The Lost City ​of Z
The Lost City ​of Z

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon ... I rarely read nonfiction and did not ... Fawcett heard tales of a lost city in the interior of the ...

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Meditations​
Meditations​

10 Best Nonfiction Books of All-Time This is my list of the 10 best nonfiction books. These are the pillar books that have helped shape my thinking and approach to life.

Common ​Sense​
Common ​Sense​

Common Sense Media editors help you choose Best Nonfiction Books for Kids. True stories, biographies, and fact-filled books for kids hungry for information. Common Sense Media editors help you choose Best Nonfiction Books for Kids.

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A Vindication ​of the Rights of Woman
A Vindication ​of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects ... deceptiveness that the whole spirit of their political and civil

The Looming ​Tower
The Looming ​Tower

"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright precisely details the individuals and events that lead (over the course of five decades) to September 11, 2001. The writing is crisp. The narrative is compelling. The historical context is vivid.

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A People's ​History of the United States​
A People's ​History of the United States​

According to this classic of revisionist American history, narratives of national unity and progress are a smoke screen disguising the ceaseless conflict between elites and the masses whom they oppress and exploit.

Stiff: The ​Curious Lives of Human Cadavers​
Stiff: The ​Curious Lives of Human Cadavers​

The last of five selections for our summer 2017 study of Young Adult books, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach is a deep exploration of all the ways human cadavers are dealt with in the world. Actually, that doesn’t quite cover it.

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