100 Best Non-Fiction Books – Read Them All

Part of becoming a more “well read” person is reading about stuff that actually happened.  So, for this list item, I will compile a list of the 100 best non-fiction books.

Just like with the 100 best books list, I have compiled my list by picking out the 100 books with the most recommendations on the most popular top 100 lists on the Internet.

Here’s my list:

  1. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell
  2. SILENT SPRING by Rachel Carson
  3. SPEAK, MEMORY by Vladimir Nabokov
  4. THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS by Thomas S. Kuhn
  5. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  6. A MATHEMATICIAN’S APOLOGY by G. H. Hardy
  7. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  8. A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf
  9. A Savage War of Peace by Alistair Horne
  10. A STUDY OF HISTORY by Arnold J. Toynbee
  11. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster
  12. A THEORY OF JUSTICE by John Rawls
  13. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  14. AN AMERICAN DILEMMA by Gunnar Myrdal
  15. ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL by E. M. Forster
  16. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
  17. BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON by Rebecca West
  18. CHILDREN OF CRISIS by Robert Coles
  19. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  20. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
  21. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
  22. Deeper Into Movies by Pauline Kael
  23. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  24. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume
  25. Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault
  26. Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  27. Economy and Society by Max Weber
  28. EMINENT VICTORIANS by Lytton Strachey
  29. Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  30. Extra Lives by Tom Bissell
  31. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  32. Freefall by Joseph Stiglitz
  33. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
  34. GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Robert Graves
  35. Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition by Alastair McIntosh
  36. IDEAS AND OPINIONS by Albert Einstein
  37. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
  38. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote
  39. Is There No Place on Earth for Me? By Susan Sheehan
  40. King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Lorenz
  41. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee & Walker Evans
  42. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  43. Liberty before Liberalism by Quentin Skinner
  44. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  45. Mythologies by Roland Barthes
  46. ON GROWTH AND FORM by D’Arcy Thompson
  47. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  48. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  49. On Writing by Stephen King
  50. PATRIOTIC GORE by Edmund Wilson
  51. Postwar by Tony Judt
  52. PRESENT AT THE CREATION by Dean Acheson
  53. PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell
  54. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
  55. Relativity by Albert Einstein
  56. RELIGION AND THE RISE OF CAPITALISM by R. H. Tawney
  57. Sad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
  58. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  59. THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY by John Kenneth Galbraith
  60. The Age of Extremes: A History of the World by Eric Hobsbawm
  61. THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE by H. L. Mencken
  62. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  63. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS by Gertrude Stein
  64. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
  65. THE CITY IN HISTORY by Lewis Mumford
  66. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  67. THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY by William Appleman Williams
  68. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  69. THE DOUBLE HELIX by James D. Watson
  70. THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS by Henry Adams
  71. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk and E. B. White
  72. The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  73. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  74. THE FRONTIER IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Frederick Jackson Turner
  75. THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST, AND MONEY by John Maynard Keynes
  76. THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS by Elaine Pagels
  77. THE GOLDEN BOUGH by James George Frazer
  78. THE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Tuchman
  79. The Histories by Herodotus
  80. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  81. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
  82. THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER by Janet Malcolm
  83. THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling
  84. THE LIVES OF A CELL by Lewis Thomas
  85. THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB by Richard Rhodes
  86. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
  87. THE OPEN SOCIETY AND ITS ENEMIES by Karl Popper
  88. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  89. The Republic by Plato
  90. THE RIGHT STUFF by Tom Wolfe
  91. THE RISE OF THE WEST by William H. McNeill
  92. THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois
  93. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Kate Pickett
  94. THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE by William James
  95. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  96. The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
  97. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  98. Two Cheers for Anarchism by James Scott
  99. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  100. What is Life by Erwin Schrodinger

 

Sources:

http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-nonfiction/

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jun/14/100-greatest-non-fiction-books

http://thegreatestbooks.org/nonfiction?page=2

http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/as-if-you-dont-have-enough-to-read/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

http://www.listmuse.com/best-books-top-100-nonfiction.php