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.
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).
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.
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.
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," 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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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”.