The Greatest Non-Fiction Books


502 Books, According to 172 “Best of” Lists

This list is generated from 172 book polls & top lists from a variety of great sources. The books is ranked based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Other list in this series⇣

1.Empathy Exams: Essays, The by Jamison, Leslie (33 Lists: a1,a3,a14,b2,b5,b6,b11,b18,c4,d2,e4,f3,g1,g5,g6,h1,h2,i4,k1,k2,l4,m1,m10,n1,n5,n13,p1,p6,r4,s2,s4,s7,v2)


2. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Gawande, Atul (32 Lists: a1,a10,b4,b6,b8,b11,b19,c4,d2,e2,f10,g1,g5,g6,i1,i4,k2,l6,l9,m3,m4,m9,m10,m11,n1,n5,n15,p8,s7,s12,w2,w4)


3. Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History, The by Kolbert, Elizabeth (30 Lists: a2,a15,d2,e2,f9,g1,g5,g6,i3,i5,k1,k2,l1,l6,l9,m4,n1,n5,n9,p1,p12,s2,s3,s6,s7,t1,v4,v5,w2,w4)


4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Piketty, Thomas (25 Lists: a1,b8,b10,d2,e1,e2,f8,f9,f10,g1,g5,g6,h1,i2,i3,i5,k1,l1,m3,n9,p1,p5,r4,w1,w2)


5. On Immunity: an Innoculation by Biss, Eula (22 Lists: b5,b6,b18,b19,c4,d2,e4,f3,g5,i3,i4,k1,l8,m10,n1,n9,n14,p1,p6,s2,s12,v5)


6. In the Kingdom of Ice: the Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette by Sides, Hampton (20 Lists: a1,a2,b3,b4,b5,b8,c1,g1,h1,i3,i4,k1,l1,m1,m9,r5,s2,t1,u1,w2)


7. Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Wright, Lawrence (20 Lists: a1,a15,b4,b5,c1,e2,e4,f10,g2,k1,k2,l9,m10,n1,n5,p1,r5,s2,s6,w2)


8. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Munroe, Randall (20 Lists: a1,a7,b5,b7,b8,b10,c7,e4,g1,i1,k2,l6,l7,n2,p2,r4,s2,s4,s12,t1)


9. Bad Feminist: Essays by Gay, Roxane (19 Lists: a1,a3,b2,b5,b6,b18,c4,f9,g1,g5,m9,m11,n2,n5,p6,r7,s2,s7,v4)


10. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Osnos, Evan (16 Lists: a1,a3,c1,e2,f8,f9,f10,k2,n3,n10,p1,p12,r4,s7,v4,w2)


11. Secret History of Wonder Woman, The by Lepore, Jill (16 Lists: a1,a2,b4,b8,b15,c4,d2,e4,k1,k2,l3,m1,n5,p5,s7,w3)


12. Deep Down Dark: the Untold Story of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free by Tobar, Héctor(14 Lists: b6,b8,f3,g5,h1,k1,k2,l9,n1,n5,n9,p1,s2,s7)


13. Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, The by Isaacson, Walter (14 Lists: a1,a3,b4,e5,f10,g1,g6,h1,i2,k1,l9,n3,n6,w2)


14. Blood Will Out: the True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Kirn, Walter (13 Lists: a1,b3,e4,f3,i3,m9,n5,n13,p6,s2,s3,s4,s7)

15. Invisible Bridge: the Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, The by Perlstein, Rick (13 Lists: b2,b19,c4,k1,k2,l8,m10,n1,n5,p1,p5,s7,w2)


16. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Greenwald, Glenn (13 Lists: a1,a2,b4,b10,b19,d1,f10,g1,g5,g6,l1,l7,s7)


17. Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking by Rudder, Christian (12 Lists: a1,b7,b12,e5,f9,g1,g4,g5,h1,l9,n5,r4)


18. Flash Boys: a Wall Street Revolt by Lewis, Michael (12 Lists: a1,b8,f10,g1,h1,i2,i3,k1,l1,m11,n15,s7)


19. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Klein, Naomi (11 Lists: e5,f3,g1,g5,g6,i2,l9,n1,n15,s7,s12)


20. History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs, The by Marcus, Greil(10 Lists: a1,b6,f10,g6,i5,k1,n5,p5,r6,s7)

21. Five Came Back: a Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Harris, Mark (9 Lists: a7,g1,g2,i5,k1,l1,l9,s4,w5)

22. Most Dangerous Book: the Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses, The by Birmingham, Kevin (9 Lists: a2,b19,c4,e2,f3,k1,k2,n6,s7)

23. Unspeakable: and Other Subjects of Discussion, The by Daum, Meghan (9 Lists: b3,b6,b7,b18,e4,g5,h2,p2,s2)

24. Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World, The by Grandin, Greg (8 Lists: b2,f10,k1,k2,n5,s2,s7,w3)

25. Geek Sublime: the Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Chandra, Vikram (8 Lists: b12,m10,n1,n5,n9,s7,t3,w4)


26. Trip to Echo Spring: on Writers and Drinking, The by Laing, Olivia (8 Lists: b3,b8,n1,n15,p5,s2,s7,t1)


27. True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, The by Giridharadas, Anand (8 Lists: a1,b2,b6,k1,k2,n1,n5,p1)

28. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Johnson, Steven (7 Lists: a3,b7,c1,e5,k1,w2,w4)


29. Human Age: the World Shaped by Us, The by Ackerman, Diane (7 Lists: b4,b7,h1,k1,n1,r4,s3)


30. Men Explain Things to Me by Solnit, Rebecca (7 Lists: b6,b18,d2,e7,g1,r7,s2)


31. Political Order and Political Decay: from the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Fukuyama, Francis (7 Lists: d2,e2,f10,k1,s7,v4,w2)


32. Big Fat Surprise: Why Meat, Cheese and Butter Belong in a Healthy Diet, The by Teicholz, Nina (6 Lists: e2,g4,k1,l1,m3,w3)


33. Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution, The by Eig, Jonathan (6 Lists: a2,b4,s4,s6,s7,w2)

34. Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, The by Taibbi, Matt (6 Lists: g1,k1,l9,n5,r7,w2)

35. Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: a True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe (6 Lists: a1,a7,i1,l1,s1,s12)

36. How Not to Be Wrong: the Power of Mathematical Thinking by Ellenberg, Jordan (6 Lists: a3,h1,i1,l6,s12,w2)


37. Interior Circuit: a Mexico City Chronicle, The by Goldman, Francisco (6 Lists: b19,l8,n8,p8,s2,s7)

38. Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures, The by Kenneally, Christine (6 Lists: b6,i1,n1,r4,s2,s12)

39. Savage Harvest: a Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Hoffman, Carl(6 Lists: a1,e3,g1,k1,s2,w2)

40. Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, The by Barber, Dan (6 Lists: f9,g1,i3,m3,r4,v3)

41. Underground Girls of Kabul: in Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, The by Nordberg, Jenny (6 Lists: b6,g1,n13,p1,p5,s2)

42. Zhivago Affair: the Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, The by Finn, Peter (6 Lists: a1,n9,n14,s6,t3,w2)


43. Deadly Wandering: a Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention, A by Richtel, Matt (5 Lists: a1,b19,c1,k1,s7)

44. Deluge: the Great War, America, and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916–1931 by Tooze, Adam (5 Lists: f8,f10,k1,l9,n15)

45. Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, The by Solnit, Rebecca (5 Lists: b7,b13,b18,b19,p6)

46. Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Johnson, Marilyn (5 Lists: a1,b19,f3,i1,p1)

47. Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, The by Keegan, Marina (5 Lists: b6,g1,i3,m11,w1)

48. Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, The by Davis, David Brion (5 Lists: b2,k1,n9,p1,w2)


49. Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World by Miodownik, Mark (5 Lists: a1,n1,s2,s12,w3)


50. Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: the History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery, The by Kean, Sam (5 Lists: a1,a7,b7,g1,t2)

51. Teacher Wars: a History of America’s Most Embattled Profession, The by Goldstein, Dana (5 Lists: a3,b4,n1,n2,s7)

52. World Order by Kissinger, Henry (5 Lists: b8,f9,f10,n1,w2)


53. All the Truth Is Out: the Week Politics Went Tabloid by Bai, Matt (4 Lists: a1,c4,n5,s2)


54. Bill of the Century: the Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, The by Risen, Clay (4 Lists: k2,p11,r5,w2)

55. China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by French, Howard W. (4 Lists: e2,f8,f9,n1)

56. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Harris, Blake J. (4 Lists: e5,g1,n5,s4)

57. Demon Camp: a Soldier’s Exorcism by Percy, Jennifer (4 Lists: b6,f3,l4,n1)

58. Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Krist, Gary (4 Lists: l1,s3,s6,w2)

59. Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Vaill, Amanda (4 Lists: g2,k2,n1,s3)

60. How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say — and What It Really Means by Lanchester, John (4 Lists: f10,g6,n15,s1)

61. Killing Patton: the Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by O’Reilly, Bill (4 Lists: a1,b8,b19,g1)


62. Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science, The by Leroi, Armand Marie (4 Lists: f10,i1,k1,w4)

63. Loitering: New and Collected Essays by D’Ambrosio, Charles(4 Lists: b8,m10,n5,s2)

64. Long Shadow: Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, The by Reynolds, David (4 Lists: b2,i5,n15,w2)

65. No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Gopal, Anand (4 Lists: n1,n3,n15,p12)


66. Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death, The by Whitehead, Colson (4 Lists: a1,b5,k2,n5)

67. People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, The by Taylor, Astra (4 Lists: b12,f3,g5,n5)

68. Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away by Goldstein, Rebecca Newberger (4 Lists: b4,b8,k1,w2)


69. Sense of Style: the Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, The by Pinker, Steven (4 Lists: a1,b7,e2,p1)

70. Smile Revolution in 18th-Century Paris, The by Jones, Colin(4 Lists: g6,i5,n15,s4)

71. Texts from Jane Eyre: and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Ortberg, Mallory & Gobbo, Madeline (4 Lists: l6,m11,n2,t2)

72. Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film by Kurtz, Glenn (4 Lists: a3,b2,n5,n6)

73. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by Mann, William J. (4 Lists: e3,h3,n5,r2)

74. When Paris Went Dark: the City of Light under German Occupation, 1940–1944 by Rosbottom, Ronald C. (4 Lists: k1,m1,n3,s2)


75. Why Homer Matters by Nicolson, Adam (4 Lists: e2,k1,n15,t3)


76. 400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Plantinga, Adam (3 Lists: a6,b8,h3)


77. American Cornball: a Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny by Miller, Christopher (3 Lists: b10,s13,v3)

78. Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Braitman, Laurel (3 Lists: a1,b7,w4)

79. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Elwes, Cary & Layden, Joe (3 Lists: a1,d4,g1)

80. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: a Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Stark, Peter (3 Lists: a1,g1,k1)


81. Burning Down the House: the End of Juvenile Prison by Bernstein, Nell (3 Lists: d2,p1,s1)

82. Cities of Empire: the British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World by Hunt, Tristram (3 Lists: k1,n15,t3)

83. Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet, The by Sauter, Molly (3 Lists: i1,s2,s12)

84. Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Zetter, Kim (3 Lists: b12,i1,w2)

85. Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Saval, Nikil (3 Lists: b19,i2,n1)

86. Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by Nestor, James (3 Lists: a1,b6,h1)

87. Do Not Sell at Any Price: the Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 RPM Records by Petrusich, Amanda (3 Lists: b6,n5,s4)

88. Elephant Company: the Inspired Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War IIby Croke, Vicki (3 Lists: a1,g1,n1)

89. Encounters at the Heart of the World: a History of the Mandan People by Fenn, Elizabeth A. (3 Lists: b4,k1,p12)

90. Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Armstrong, Karen (3 Lists: a1,l1,s6


91. Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equalityby Becker, Jo (3 Lists: k1,n1,w2)

92. Future of the Mind: the Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, The by Kaku, Michio (3 Lists: a1,g1,l1)

93. Glass Cage: Automation and Us, The by Carr, Nicholas (3 Lists: b12,f9,s12)

94. Gottland: Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakiaby Szczygiel, Mariusz (3 Lists: g6,n5,p5)

95. Hack Attack: the Inside Story of How the Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch by Davies, Nick (3 Lists: f10,k1,t3)

96. Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, The by Baptist, Edward A. (3 Lists: b4,k1,p11)

97. How Google Works by Schmidt, Eric & Rosenberg, Jonathan (3 Lists: e5,g1,g5)

98. How to Be a Victorian: a Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Goodman, Ruth (3 Lists: b19,m1,n5)

99. Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America by Cook, Kevin (3 Lists: b19,e3,n13)

100. Lincoln and the Power of the Press: the War for Public Opinion by Holzer, Harold (3 Lists: b2,k1,w2)

101. Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942, The by Hamilton, Nigel (3 Lists: b2,k1,n3)

102. Meat Racket: the Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, The by Leonard, Christopher (3 Lists: k2,m3,w2)

103. Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Blaser, Martin J. (3 Lists: a1,l9,r4)

104. Mission at Nuremberg: an Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis by Townsend, Tim (3 Lists: g1,s2,s6)

105. Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, The by Dean, John W. (3 Lists: k2,p11,w2)


106. Pity the Animal by Hodson, Chelsea (3 Lists: b18,m10,s2)

107. Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers by Sacks, Mike (3 Lists: b18,n5,s13)

108. Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, The by Nafisi, Azar (3 Lists: m1,n5,s2)


109. Science…for Her! by Amram, Megan (3 Lists: b6,m11,s13)

110. Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War, The by Oakes, James (3 Lists: f8,p11,w2)

111. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion by Harris, Sam (3 Lists: b7,d2,g1)


112. War of the Whales: a True Story by Horwitz, Joshua (3 Lists: a1,k1,w2)

113. What We See When We Read by Mendelsund, Peter (3 Lists: g5,h1,k1)


114. What Would Lynne Tillman Do? by Tillman, Lynne (3 Lists: b8,b18,n9)

115. Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Gessen, Masha (3 Lists: g6,n5,p6)

116. Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits by Roose, Kevin (3 Lists: f9,g1,m3)

117. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children and Theater by Ruhl, Sarah (2 Lists: b18,n1)

118. Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Almond, Steve (2 Lists: l7,p5)

119. Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live since the Death of God, The by Watson, Peter (2 Lists: p1,p5)

120. Age of Radiance: the Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era, The by Nelson, Craig (2 Lists: f3,k1)

121. All Joy and No Fun: the Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Senior, Jennifer (2 Lists: e7,g1)

122. Another Great Day at Sea: Life aboard the USS George H. W. Bush by Dyer, Geoff (2 Lists: m10,s7)

123. Austerity Bites: a Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK by O’Hara, Mary (2 Lists: g6,n15)

124. Birds of Pandemonium: Life among the Exotic and Endangered, The by Raffin, Michele (2 Lists: a1,a10)

125. Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World throug Pop Culture, The by Hong, Euny (2 Lists: h1,p5)

126. Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, The by Gold, Russell (2 Lists: f10,s7)

127. Burglary: the Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, The by Medsger, Betty (2 Lists: s6,s7)

128. Busted: a Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Ruderman, Wendy & Laker, Barbara (2 Lists: a1,k1)

129. Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Churchwell, Sarah (2 Lists: k1,k2)

130. Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517–1648 by Greengrass, Mark (2 Lists: e2,f10)


131. Collapse: the Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, Theby Sarotte, M.E. (2 Lists: e2,f10)


132. Danubia: a Personal History of Habsburg Europe by Winder, Simon (2 Lists: k2,m10)


133. Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America by Blum, Howard (2 Lists: a2,k1)

134. Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money and the Future of Life on Earth by Barnosky, Anthony D. (2 Lists: i1,s12)

135. Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance by Angwin, Julia(2 Lists: b12,f10)


136. Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob, The by Kinney, David (2 Lists: g6,i5)

137. Eight World Cups: My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer by Vecsey, George (2 Lists: a1,b2)

138. Empire’s Crossroads: a History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day by Gibson, Carrie (2 Lists: g6,h1)

139. End of Absence: Reclaiming what We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection, The by Harris, Michael (2 Lists: g5,s11)

140. Everyday Sexism by Bates, Laura (2 Lists: i5,w1)


141. Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags, The by Merkin, Daphne (2 Lists: b18,n1)


142. Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes, and What We Can Learn from Them by McClusky, Mark (2 Lists: g4,w4)

143. Fateful Year: England 1914, The by Bostridge, Mark (2 Lists: i5,t3)

144. Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants, A by Kassinger, Ruth (2 Lists: c4,p1)

145. God’s Traitors: Terror & Faith in Elizabethan England by Childs, Jessie (2 Lists: g6,t3)

146. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Coleman, Gabriella (2 Lists: b12,k1)

147. Heathen School: a Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic, The by Demos, John (2 Lists: k1,n3)

148. Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration, The by Heinrich, Bernd (2 Lists: a1,c4)

149. House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Againby Mian, Atif & Sufi, Amir (2 Lists: f10,i5)

150. How We Learn: the Surprising Truth about Why, When, and Where It Happens by Carey, Benedict (2 Lists: a1,l6)

151. Indonesia, etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Pisani, Elizabeth (2 Lists: e2,w3)


152. Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World by Alexander, Amir R. (2 Lists: l1,s4)

153. It’s Complicated: the Social Lives of Networked Teens by Boyd, Danah (2 Lists: b10,b12)

154. Late Starters Orchestra, The by Goldman, Ari L. (2 Lists: b19,m10)

155. Learning to Walk in the Dark by Taylor, Barbara Brown (2 Lists: h1,p1)


156. Let’s Talk about Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Wilson, Carl (2 Lists: g6,p8)

157. Life on the Edge: the Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Al-Khalili, Jim & McFadden, Johnjoe (2 Lists: e2,i5)


158. Lifted: a Cultural History of the Elevator by Bernard, Andreas (2 Lists: m4,n13)

159. Limber by Pelster, Angela (2 Lists: m1,s3)

160. Mad Catastrophe: the Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire, A by Wawro, Geoffrey (2 Lists: f10,p11)


161. Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family by Carbone, June & Cahn, Naomi (2 Lists: e2,n2)

162. Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self by Ouellette, Jennifer (2 Lists: i1,s12)

163. Meaning of Human Existence, The by Wilson, Edward O. (2 Lists: b7,n3)

164. Midnight at the Pera Palace: the Birth of Modern Istanbulby King, Charles (2 Lists: s3,t3)

165. Molecules: the Elements and the Architecture of Everything by Gray, Theodore W. (2 Lists: b10,w4)

166. Monkey’s Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life, The by de Queiroz, Alan (2 Lists: b4,l1)

167. Nature’s God: the Heretical Origins of the American Republic by Stewart, Matthew (2 Lists: k1,n3)

168. On Democracy’s Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought “One Person, One Vote” to the United States by Smith, J. Douglas (2 Lists: s4,w2)

169. On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Goffman, Alice (2 Lists: n1,p1)

170. One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Carson, Ben (2 Lists: g1,h1)

171. Operation Paperclip: the Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America by Jacobsen, Annie (2 Lists: b2,s2)


172. Owl who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl, The by Windrow, Martin (2 Lists: e2,r5)

173. Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes through History, Science, and One Family Tree by Stark, Lizzie (2 Lists: a2,k1)

174. Parthenon Enigma, The by Connelly, Joan Breton (2 Lists: n1,r5)

175. Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War by Risen, James (2 Lists: d1,n1)

176. Pope and Mussolini: the Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe, The by Kertzer, David I. (2 Lists: p12,s7)


177. Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Elseby Meek, James (2 Lists: g6,n15)

178. Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Pollitt, Katha (2 Lists: n1,p1)

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419. Radio Benjamin by Benjamin, Walter (1 Lists: b7)

420. Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians by Martin, Justin (1 Lists: k2)

421. Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land, Theby Bishop, Patrick (1 Lists: e2)

422. Reef: a Passionate History: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change, The by McCalman, Iain (1 Lists: e2)

423. Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy by Tougias, Michael J. & Campbell, Douglas A. (1 Lists: a1)

424. Revolutionary Ideas: an Intellectual History of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre by Israel, Jonathan (1 Lists: n15)

425. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I by Watson, Alexander (1 Lists: n15)

426. Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, The by Lewis, Sara Elizabeth (1 Lists: b7)

427. Rough Ride to the Future, A by Lovelock, James (1 Lists: t3)

428. Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema by Peterson, Anne Helen (1 Lists: b6)

429. Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession by Bostridge, Ian (1 Lists: l1)

430. Science of Interstellar, The by Thorne, Kip (1 Lists: i5)


431. Science of Shakespeare: a New Look at the Playwright’s Universe, The by Falk, Dan (1 Lists: b7)

432. Season of Saturdays: a History of College Football in 14 Games by Weinreb, Michael (1 Lists: n2)

433. Seasons of Trouble: Life amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War, The by Mohan, Rohini (1 Lists: n5)

434. Second Amendment: a Biography, The by Waldman, Michael(1 Lists: k2)

435. Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Larson, Frances (1 Lists: b6)


436. Shadows in the Vineyard: the True Story of a Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine by Potter, Maximillian (1 Lists: n13)

437. Shakespeare and the Countess: the Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe by Laoutaris, Chris (1 Lists: t3)

438. Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading, The by Rose, Phyllis (1 Lists: m12)

439. Sibilant Fricative: Essays and Reviews by Roberts, Adam (1 Lists: l3)

440. Sitcom: a History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community by Austerlitz, Saul (1 Lists: s7)

441. Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Snow, Shane (1 Lists: e5)

442. Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War The by Smith, Mark M. (1 Lists: f8)

443. Smith: A Reader’s Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy by Paterson, Don (1 Lists: g6)

444. Snowden Files: the Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, The by Harding, Luke (1 Lists: k1)

445. Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet, The by Ohlson, Kristin (1 Lists: c4)


446. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Davis, Joshua(1 Lists: b4)

447. Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe by Hirshfeld, Alan (1 Lists: k1)

448. Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 by Epstein, Dan (1 Lists: m10)

449. State-Building and Multilingual Education in Africa by Albaugh, Ericka A. (1 Lists: f8)

450. Stay by Clute, John (1 Lists: l3)

451. Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope, and Triumph in Tuscaloosa, The by Anderson, Lars (1 Lists: k1)

452. Story of Pain: from Prayer to Painkillers, The by Bourke, Joanna (1 Lists: g6)

453. Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain, A by Hamilton, James (1 Lists: g6)

454. Stress Test: Reflections on Political Crises by Geithner, Timothy (1 Lists: f10)

455. Study in Perfect by Gorham, Sarah (1 Lists: k1)

456. Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America by Miller, Donald L. (1 Lists: k1)

457. Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness by Gold, Joel & Gold, Ian (1 Lists: n13)

458. Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s, The by Sollors, Werner (1 Lists: p5)

459. Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East by Hamid, Shadi (1 Lists: f8)

460. Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind by Dunbar, Robin et al. (1 Lists: n15)

461. Top Dog: the Story of Marine Hero Lucca by Goodavage, Mario (1 Lists: b8)

462. Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival, The by Soros, George & Schmitz, Gregor (1 Lists: f8)

463. Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World: from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief by Zollner, Tom(1 Lists: s6)

464. Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness by Appignanesi, Lisa (1 Lists: t3)

465. Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, The by Wade, Nicholas (1 Lists: n15)

466. Truth about Trust: How It Determines Success in Live, Love, Learning, and More, The by DeSteno, David (1 Lists: b7)

467. Trying Not to Try: the Art and Science of Spontanaeity by Slingerland, Edward (1 Lists: b7)

468. Tudor Adventurers: An Arctic Voyage of Discovery: The Hunt for the Northeast Passage by Evans, James (1 Lists: p11)

469. Tupac Amaru Rebellion, The by Walker, Charles F. (1 Lists: f10)

470. Twenty Poems that Could Save America and Other Essaysby Hoagland, Tony (1 Lists: p5)

471. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Handler, Chelsea (1 Lists: g1)

472. Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Nye, Bill (1 Lists: l7)

473. Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science, The by Storr, Will (1 Lists: k1)

474. Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republic Rebels who Created Progressive Politics by Wolraich, Michael (1 Lists: w2)

475. Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Bonnett, Alastair (1 Lists: p6)

476. Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis by Kunkel, Benjamin (1 Lists: m10)

477. Vintage Visions: Essays on Early Science Fiction by Evans, Arthur (1 Lists: l3)

478. Virgil Thomson: Music Chronicles 1940–1954 by Thomson, Virgil (1 Lists: n5)

479. Virgin Way: Everything I Know about Leadership, The by Branson, Richard (1 Lists: e5)

480. Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe, A by Howe, Nina, ed. (1 Lists: g6)

481. War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War by Philpott, William (1 Lists: e2)

482. Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar by Harvey, James (1 Lists: r5)

483. We Are Better than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money by Kleinbard, Edward D. (1 Lists: n2)

484. Weimar: From Enlightenment to the Present by Kater, Michael H. (1 Lists: g6)

485. What I Know for Sure by Winfrey, Oprah (1 Lists: b19)

486. What I Love about Movies by Jenkins, David & Woodword, Adam, eds. (1 Lists: d4)

487. What Makes This Book So Great by Walton, Jo (1 Lists: l3)

488. What Stays in Vegas: the World of Personal Data — Lifeblood of Big Business — and the End of Privacy as We Know It by Tanner, Adam (1 Lists: w2)

489. What Wars Leave Behind: the Faceless and the Forgottenby Garcia, J. Malcolm (1 Lists: k2)

490. Who FAQ: All that’s Left to Know after Fifty Years of Maximum R & B, The by Segretto, Mike (1 Lists: p5)

491. Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Chang, Jeff (1 Lists: a7)

492. Why Nudge?: the Politics of Libertarian Paternalism by Sunstein, Cass (1 Lists: d2)

493. Why We Lost: a General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Bolger, Daniel P. (1 Lists: a1)

494. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Doescher, Ian (1 Lists: g1)

495. Wolf Called Romeo, A by Jans, Nick (1 Lists: a1)

496. Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey by Ryan, Hank Phillippi, ed. (1 Lists: a6)

497. Wrong Enemy: American in Afghanistan, 2001–2014, Theby Gall, Carlotta (1 Lists: f8)

498. WTF, Evolution?: A Theory of Unintelligible Design by Grunbaum, Mara (1 Lists: i1)

499. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce by Stanley, Bob (1 Lists: n6)

500. You Are Not Special:… and Other Encouragements by McCullough, David, Jr. (1 Lists: b10)

501. Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War by White, Jerry (1 Lists: g6)

502. Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals among Us by Moses, Tai (1 Lists: h1)


List Used:

  1. AARP , a10
  2. A.V. Club , a7
  3. AbeBooks , a11
  4. About.Com , a5
  5. Agatha Awards , a6
  6. ALA/RUSA Notable Books , a2
  7. Alex Awards , a4
  8. All About Romance , a8
  9. Amazon , a1
  10. America’s Test Kitchen , a12
  11. Andrew Carnegie Medals , a15
  12. Andrew Zimmern , a13
  13. Association for Library Service to Children , a9
  14. The Atlantic , a3
  15. Austin Chronicle , a14
  16. Backchannel , b12
  17. Barnes and Noble , b8
  18. Barry Award , b9
  19. BBC , b13
  20. BestFantasyBooks.com , b14
  21. Biographile , b15
  22. Boing Boing , b10
  23. Book Riot , b11
  24. The Book Smugglers , b16
  25. The BookBitch , b17
  26. Booklist , b4
  27. BookPage , b3
  28. BookPeople , b5
  29. Bookreporter , b19
  30. Boston Globe , b2
  31. Brain Pickings , b7
  32. Bustle , b18
  33. Buzzfeed , b6
  34. Chatelaine , c3
  35. Christian Science Monitor , c1
  36. Cleveland Plain-Dealer , c4
  37. Comics Alliance , c5
  38. Commonweal , c6
  39. Complex , c7
  40. Costa Book Awards , c8
  41. Crime Always Pays , c9
  42. Crimespree Magazine , c2
  43. Cybil Awards , c10
  44. The Daily Beast , d2
  45. The Daily Meal , d3
  46. Denver Post , d4
  47. Do Some Damage Crime Fiction , d1
  48. Eater , e6
  49. The Economist , e2
  50. Edgar Awards , e3
  51. Elle , e7
  52. Entertainment Weekly , e4
  53. Entrepreneur , e5
  54. Esquire , e1
  55. Fantasy Book Critic , f4
  56. Fantasy Café , f5
  57. Fantasy Faction , f6
  58. Fantasy Literature.com , f7
  59. Fiction_L (online discussion group — one vote for each title receiving multiple votes on list) , f1
  60. Financial Times , f10
  61. Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize , f2
  62. Flavorwire , f3
  63. Foreign Affairs , f8
  64. Fortune , f9
  65. Gear Patrol , g2
  66. Globe and Mail , g5
  67. Goodreads Choice Awards , g1
  68. Great New Books , g3
  69. Greatist , g4
  70. Guardian , g6
  71. Hammett Prize , h4
  72. Horn Book , h5
  73. The House of Crime and Mystery , h3
  74. Hudson Booksellers , h1
  75. The Huffington Post , h2
  76. Hugo Awards , h6
  77. Hypable , h7
  78. Inc. , i2
  79. The Independent , i5
  80. Indies Choices Awards , i4
  81. Indigo , i3
  82. io9 , i1
  83. Kansas City Star , k2
  84. Kirkus Reviews , k1
  85. Largehearted Boy , l4
  86. Left Coast Crime Awards , l5
  87. Library Journal , l1
  88. Library Reads , l2
  89. Library Thing , l6
  90. LitReactor , l7
  91. Locus Magazine , l3
  92. Los Angeles Times , l8
  93. Los Angeles Times Book Prizes , l9
  94. Maclean’s , m4
  95. Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf , m7
  96. Man Booker Prize , m2
  97. Mashable , m11
  98. McNally Jackson , m8
  99. Miami Herald , m9
  100. The Millions , m10
  101. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , m12
  102. Minneapolis Star-Tribune , m1
  103. Morning News-Tournament of Books , m6
  104. Mother Jones , m3
  105. Murder by the Book , m5
  106. National Book Awards , n3
  107. National Book Critics Circle Awards , n9
  108. National Journal , n10
  109. National Outdoor Book Awards , n11
  110. National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads , n12
  111. Nebula and Andre Norton Awards , n4
  112. The New Republic , n7
  113. New Statesman , n15
  114. New York Post , n13
  115. New York Public Library , n8
  116. New York Times , n1
  117. The New Yorker , n6
  118. Newsday , n14
  119. Newsweek , n2
  120. NPR , n5
  121. O Magazine , o1
  122. Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy , o2
  123. PaperMag , p8
  124. Paste Magazine , p9
  125. Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist , p7
  126. PBS Food , p10
  127. PEN/Faulkner Awards , p3
  128. People Magazine , p2
  129. Pop Matters , p5
  130. Powell’s Books , p6
  131. Printz Awards , p4
  132. Providence Journal , p11
  133. Publisher’s Weekly , p1
  134. Pulitzer Prizes , p12
  135. The Rap Sheet , r2
  136. Read Me Deadly , r3
  137. Richmond Times-Dispatch , r5
  138. Riffle , r4
  139. RITA Awards , r8
  140. Rolling Stone , r6
  141. RT Book Reviewer’s Awards , r7
  142. RUSA Reading List , r1
  143. Salon , s2
  144. San Francisco Chronicle , s7
  145. The Savvy Reader , s11
  146. School Library Journal , s1
  147. Science Friday , s12
  148. Seattle Times , s3
  149. SFF World , s8
  150. Slate , s4
  151. Splitsider , s13
  152. St. Louis Post-Dispatch , s6
  153. Story Prize , s9
  154. Strand Critics Award , s5
  155. Strange Horizons , s10
  156. Telegraph , t3
  157. Time , t1
  158. Tor.com , t2
  159. USA Today , u1
  160. Vanity Fair , v2
  161. The Village Voice , v3
  162. Vogue , v1
  163. Vox , v4
  164. Vulture , v5
  165. Wall Street Journal , w3
  166. Washington Post , w2
  167. Waterstone’s Book of the Year , w1
  168. The Week , w5
  169. Wired , w4
  170. Woman’s Day , w6
  171. Women’s Prize for Fiction , w7
  172. YALSA Awards , y1

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