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Top Ten Nonfiction Books 2016

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

When Breath Becomes Air is a non-fiction autobiographical book written by Paul Kalanithi. It is a memoir about his life and illness, battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. It was posthumously published by Random House on January 12, 2016.

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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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.

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

A Room of One’s Own is available in Penguin Modern Classics (£5.99). To order a copy for £4.79 go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only.

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

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (also titled Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years) is a 1997 transdisciplinary non-fiction book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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.

Homage to ​Catalonia​
Homage to ​Catalonia​

With his quiet exactitude the midnight skirmishes, the political issues, and the utter futility of war come clearly into focus. Perhaps not a book to create sensation in a day when much of what happened at Barcelona has been realized, but one enlightening in terms of showing the war way toward mutual understanding and fair play.

A Brief History ​of Time​
A Brief History ​of Time​

100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time The 100 best nonfiction books: No 6 – A Brief History of Time by Stephen ... Mon 7 Mar 2016 00.45 EST Last modified on Wed 21 ...

Orientalism​
Orientalism​

Edward Said: ‘I have called what I try to do “humanism”.” Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features N ext to the suicide bombings, the air strikes, and the beheadings, a closely argued 300-page monograph devoted to a radical post-colonial thesis might seem to suggest a modest literary intervention.

In Cold Blood​
In Cold Blood​

"In Cold Blood," based on a true story, naturally has a huge non-fiction element to it. Because of this, the reader must pay extra attention the to the fictional components Truman Capote adds. For example, early on in the book when the Clutters are still alive, Capote adds to the non-fictional report, "he (Mr. Clutter) headed for home and the day's work, unaware that it would be his last" (13).

The Structure ​of Scientific Revolutions​
The Structure ​of Scientific Revolutions​

So The Structure is, in a profound sense, a young man’s book, rooted in its time. The science it addresses is dominated by the post-Einstein physics of the cold war. Indeed, 1962, the year in which Kuhn’s ideas were first published, was also the year of the Cuban missile crisis.

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Speak, ​Memory​
Speak, ​Memory​

Best non-fiction books of all time; 100 books everyone should read; Best nonfiction books of the decade . 51. A Room of One’s Own (By Virginia Wolf) 52. The Life Samuel Johnson (By James Bosewell) 53. Be Your own Contractor (By Ricky Corum) 54. The Civil War (By Shelby Foote) 55. Annals (By Cornelius Tacitus) Cornelius Tacitus is the author of Annals.

The ​Autobiography of Malcolm X​
The ​Autobiography of Malcolm X​

The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley coauthored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination.

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

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes.

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I Know Why ​the Caged Bird Sings​
I Know Why ​the Caged Bird Sings​

All-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books. Politics and war, ... I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the most famous and acclaimed book by Maya Angelou, a poet, ...

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

The Emperor of All Maladies is a ... and the "Top 10 Nonfiction Books by Time magazine. In 2016 ... of the effort to disrobe the "emperor of maladies."

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Slouching ​Towards Bethlehem​
Slouching ​Towards Bethlehem​

In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award–winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the “misplaced children” dropping acid in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer.

The Electric ​Kool-Aid Acid Test​
The Electric ​Kool-Aid Acid Test​

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a nonfiction book by Tom Wolfe that was published in 1968. The book is remembered today as an early – and arguably the most popular – example of the growing literary style called New Journalism.

Dispatches​
Dispatches​

100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time The 100 best nonfiction books: No 9 – Dispatches by Michael Herr ... Mon 28 Mar 2016 01.45 EDT Last modified on Wed 21 Mar ...

Gödel, ​Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid​
Gödel, ​Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid​

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, also known as GEB, is a 1979 book by Douglas Hofstadter. The tagline "a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll" was used by the publisher to describe the book.

Let Us Now ​Praise Famous Men​
Let Us Now ​Praise Famous Men​

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men has 2,922 ratings and 308 ... Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Best Non-Fiction Books. ... Let us now praise the fact that I have finished ...

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The Feminine ​Mystique​
The Feminine ​Mystique​

100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time ... The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan ... Mon 30 May 2016 00.45 EDT Last modified on Wed 21 Mar 2018 20.01 EDT.

The Selfish ​Gene​
The Selfish ​Gene​

In an introduction to a later edition of The Selfish Gene, Dawkins describes its gestation: it was a book written in extremis (the power cuts and industrial strife of the early 1970s) and, as he says, “in a fever of excitement”.

The Story of ​Art​
The Story of ​Art​

These are the essay collections, memoirs, and nonfiction reads that we absolutely loved in 2016. (Ranked in no particular order.) These are the essay collections, memoirs, and nonfiction reads that we absolutely loved in 2016.

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Meditations​
Meditations​

Books about cities may or may not be the next big thing in reading, but editors are certainly taking a punt on them in 2016, with only the occasional nod in the direction of the hills (on top of which James Rebanks and his sheep still perch, mightily).

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

Arendt, Hannah. THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM. (1951). ****. Arendt was a well-known intellectual and teacher of political philosophy, and wrote several key books and papers expressing her views and analysis of, among other things, Nazi Germany.

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The Elements ​of Style​
The Elements ​of Style​

The sprawling category of “nonfiction” works in the universe could fit the bill for anyone’s particular reading needs, with authors providing insight and elucidation to the true world around us.

A Theory of ​Justice​
A Theory of ​Justice​

In "A Theory of Justice", John Rawls presents a conception of justice which, as he puts it, generalises and carries to a higher level of abstraction the social contract theory.

Black Boy​
Black Boy​

The 18 Best Nonfiction Books Of 2016 ... Bullies is the story of two boys — one a ... scrutinizes the history of anti-black racist thought in America from its ...

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

The 10 essays collected in Notes of a Native Son – on subjects ranging from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to 1940s Harlem – distil Baldwin’s thinking. It is a source book for a subject that Langston Hughes described in a review of Notes as “the troubled problems of this troubled Earth”.

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