The Greatest Nonfiction Books

EssaysMichel de Montaigne (1580)
ConfessionsAugustine (398)
The Interpretation of DreamsSigmund Freud (1899)
The PrinceNiccolo Machiavelli (1532)
On the Origin of SpeciesCharles Darwin (1859)
WaldenHenry David Thoreau (1854)
PenséesBlaise Pascal (1670)
The RepublicPlato (-380)
The Complete Works of PlatoPlato (-347)
The Diary of a Young GirlAnne Frank (1944)
Communist ManifestoKarl Marx ,Friedrich Engels (1848)
The Confessions of Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau (1782)
The Histories of HerodotusHerodotus (-420)
Silent SpringRachel Carson (1962)
Das KapitalKarl Marx (1867)
Thus Spake ZarathustraFriedrich Nietzsche (1883)
Democracy in AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville (1840)
The Elements of StyleWilliam Strunk, Jr and E. B. White (1918)
RelativityAlbert Einstein (1917)
Homage to CataloniaGeorge Orwell (1938)
Speak, MemoryVladimir Nabokov (1940)
The Autobiography of Malcolm XAlex Haley (1965)
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and MoneyJohn Maynard Keynes (1936)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American DreamHunter S. Thompson (1971)
The Second SexSimone de Beauvoir (1949)
LeviathanThomas Hobbes (1651)
The History of the Peloponnesian WarThucydides (-450)
MeditationsMarcus Aurelius (167)
The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsThomas Kuhn (1962)
Tao Te ChingLao Tsu (-300)
A Room of One’s OwnVirginia Woolf (1929)
Principia MathematicaIssac Newton (1687)
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNAJames D. Watson (1968)
AnnalsCornelius Tacitus (120)
The Wealth of NationsAdam Smith (1776)
Summa TheologicaThomas Aquinas (1274)
AnalectsConfucius (-350)
The Life of Samuel JohnsonJames Boswell (1823)
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo EmersonRalph Waldo Emerson (1882)
Parallel LivesPlutarch (120)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireEdward Gibbon (1776)
In Cold BloodTruman Capote (1966)
The Education of Henry AdamsHenry Adams (1918)
The Art of WarSun Zi (-200)
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World SystemsGalileo (1632)
The Civil WarShelby Foote (1974)
The Second World WarWinston Churchill (1953)
If This Is a ManPrimo Levi (1947)
EthicsBaruch de Spinoza (1676)
The Principles of PsychologyWilliam James (1890)
On LibertyJohn Stuart Mill (1859)
Collected Essays of George OrwellGeorge Orwell (1961)
Discourse on MethodRene Descartes (1637)
PragmatismWilliam James (1907)
Civilization and Its DiscontentsSigmund Freud (1929)
Memoirs From Beyond the GraveFrançois René De Chateaubriand (1849)
The Abolition of ManC. S. Lewis (1943)
Corpus AristotelicumAristotle (-400)
Selected Essays of T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot (1932)
The Gulag ArchipelagoAleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1973)
The Liberal ImaginationLionel Trilling (1950)
OrthodoxyG. K. Chesterton (1908)
Civil DisobedienceHenry David Thoreau (1849)
Moveable FeastErnest Hemingway (1964)
R. E. LeeDouglas Southall Freeman (1934)
Oxford English DictionaryOxford University Press (1884)
Black Lamb and Grey FalconRebecca West (1941)
Encyclopedia BritannicaEncyclopedia Britannica (1771)
The Constitution of LibertyFriedrich A. Hayek (1960)
Capitalism and FreedomMilton Friedman (1962)
Philosophical InvestigationsLudwig Wittgenstein (1953)
The Right StuffTom Wolfe (1979)
Modern TimesPaul Johnson (1983)
WitnessWhittaker Chambers (1952)
Capitalism, Socialism, and DemocracyJoseph Schumpeter (1942)
Mere ChristianityC. S. Lewis (1942)
Beyond Good and EvilFriedrich Nietzsche (1886)
A Vindication of the Rights of WomanMary Wollstonecraft (1798)
The Origins of TotalitarianismHannah Arendt (1951)
Quotations from Chairman MaoMao (1964)
The Road to SerfdomFriedrich von Hayek (1944)
The Seven Storey MountainThomas Merton (1948)
Let Us Now Praise Famous MenJames Agee (1941)
The Golden BoughJames George Frazer (1890)
A Study of HistoryArnold J. Toynbee (1961)
The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert LettersGustave Flaubert (1921)
History of My LifeGiacomo Casanova (1822)
Institutes of the Christian ReligionJohn Calvin (1536)
Common SenseThomas Paine (1775)
The Praise of FollyErasmus (1509)
The Quest for CommunityRobert Nisbet (1953)
Black BoyRichard Wright (1945)
The Open SocietyKarl Popper (1945)
ApologyPlato (-399)
On the Genealogy of MoralityFriedrich Nietzsche (1887)
Memoirs of Cardinal De RetzCardinal de Retz (1717)
Out of AfricaIsak Dinesen (1937)
The Seven Pillars of WisdomT.E. Lawrence (1926)
The Myth of SisyphusAlbert Camus (1942)
I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya Angelou (1969)
The Memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon on the Reign of Louis XIV. and the RegencyLouis de Rouvroy Saint-Simon (duc de) (1755)
A Brief History of TimeStephen Hawking (1988)
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestTom Wolfe (1968)
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly SpheresNicolaus Copernicus (1543)
Hippocratic CorpusHippocrates (-300)
The Death and Life of Great American CitiesJane Jacobs (1961)
AutobiographiesW. B. Yeats (1926)
HistoriesCornelius Tacitus (110)
The Waning of the Middle AgesJohan Huizinga (1919)
Three Essays on the Theory of SexualitySigmund Freud (1905)
An Enquiry Concerning Human UnderstandingDavid Hume (1748)
I ChingChina (-1400)
Roll, Jordan, RollEugene Genovese (1972)
The Conservative MindRussell Kirk (1953)
WordsJean Paul Sartre (1963)
The Varieties of Religious ExperienceWilliam James (1902)
Up from SlaveryBooker T. Washington (1901)
The Feynman Lectures on PhysicsRichard P. Feynman (1995)
Slouching Towards BethlehemJoan Didion (1968)
A Dictionary of the English LanguageSamuel Johnson (1755)
An Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingJohn Locke (1690)
Aspects of the NovelE. M. Forster (1927)
The Autobiography of Alice B. ToklasGertrude Stein (1933)
An American DilemmaGunnar Myrdal (1944)
MythologyEdith Hamilton (1942)
The Frontier in American HistoryFrederick Jackson Turner (1920)
Life on the MississippiMark Twain (1883)
The Federalist PapersAlexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay (1788)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceRobert M. Pirsig (1974)
The Revolt of the MassesJosé Ortega y Gasset (1929)
The Making of the Atomic BombRichard Rhodes (1988)
Letters to a Young PoetRainer Maria Rilke (1934)
EnneadsPlotinus (250)
The Harmony of the WorldsJohannes Kepler (1619)
Critique of Pure ReasonImmanuel Kant (1781)
Euclid’s ElementsEuclid (-280)
Rationalism in PoliticsMichael Oakeshott (1962)
PoeticsAristotle (-335)
Tristes TropiquesClaude Levi-Strauss (1955)
DispatchesMichael Herr (1977)
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do AgainDavid Foster Wallace (1997)
Two Treatises of GovernmentJohn Locke (1689)
Either OrSoren Kierkegaard (1843)
The UnconsciousSigmund Freud (1890)
Rights of ManThomas Paine (1791)
Economy and SocietyMax Weber (1922)
Desert SolitaireEdward Abbey (1968)
The Snow LeopardPeter Matthiessen (1978)
Good-Bye to All ThatRobert Graves (1929)
Samuel JohnsonWalter Jackson Bate (1977)
SociobiologyEdward O. Wilson (1975)
The Journal of Jules RenardJules Renard (1925)
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among GhostsMaxine Hong Kingston (1975)
A Mathematician’s ApologyG. H. Hardy (1940)
The Affluent SocietyJohn Kenneth Galbraith (1958)
Centesimus AnnusPope John Paul II (1991)
Patriotic GoreEdmund Wilson (1962)
Jefferson and His TimeDumas Malone (1948)
The Pursuit of the MillenniumNorman Cohn (1957)
Up in the Old HotelJoseph Mitchell (1992)
Battle Cry of FreedomJames M. McPherson (1988)
The Great TerrorRobert Conquest (1968)
The Face of BattleJohn Keegan (1976)
On WarCarl Von Clausewitz (1832)
Chronicles of Wasted TimeMalcolm Muggeridge (1972)
FacundoDomingo Faustino Sarmiento (1845)
MaximesFrançois duc de La Rochefoucauld (1680)
Les CaractèresJean de La Bruyère (1688)
The Worst Journey in the WorldRobert Falcon Scott (1922)
Lettres de madame de SévignéMarie de Rabutin-Chantal marquise de Sévigné (1696)
On WritingStephen King (2000)
The Provincial LettersBlaise Pascal (1656)
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the KitchenHarold McGee (1984)
CorrespondenceVoltaire (1778)
Duke of DeceptionGeoffrey Wolff (1979)
The Works of Max BeerbohmMax Beerbohm (1896)
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991Michael Azerrad (2001)
The AmericansRobert Frank (1958)
Hollywood BabylonKenneth Anger (1959)
Essential CuisineMichel Bras (2002)
El Bulli: 1998-2002Ferran Adria, Juli Soler, Albert Adria (2002)
Larousse Gastronomique: The World’s Greatest Culinary EncyclopediaJoël Robuchon (2009)
The EmperorRyszard Kapuscinski (1978)
Philosophical WritingsNovalis (1801)
Eminent VictoriansLytton Strachey (1918)
TrumanDavid McCullough (1992)
The Everlasting ManG. K. Chesterton (1925)
The Bookseller of KabulAsne Seierstad (2003)
The Social ContractJean-Jacques Rousseau (1762)
An Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Living BeingsWilliam Harvey (1628)
Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak CatchersTom Wolfe (1970)
Profiles in CourageJohn F. Kennedy (1955)
The Tipping PointMalcolm Gladwell (2000)
The Unheavenly CityEdward C. Banfield (1970)
Hell’s AngelsHunter S. Thompson (1965)
Lives of the CaesarsSuetonius (121)
GeographyPtolemy (150)
Future Shock: The Third WaveAlvin Toffler (1980)
The End of History and the Last ManFrancis Fukuyama (1992)
The Age of ReformRichard Hofstadter (1955)
The Joy of CookingIrma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker (1936)
The Art of MemoryFrances A. Yates (1966)
God and Man at YaleWilliam F. Buckley, Jr. (1951)
The Habit of BeingFlannery O’’Connor (1978)
Essays of E. B. WhiteE. B. White (1977)
Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and SacrednessThomas Moore (1992)
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great DepressionStuds Terkel (1970)
Genetics and the Origin of SpeciesTheodosius Dobzhansky (1937)
An Essay on the Principle of PopulationThomas Robert Malthus (1798)
EncyclopédieDenis Diderot (1751)
Ideas Have ConsequencesRichard M. Weaver (1948)
The Economy of CitiesJane Jacobs (1969)
Being and TimeMartin Heidegger (1927)
The Closing of the American MindAllan Bloom (1987)
Ethnic AmericaThomas Sowell (1981)
Main Currents in American ThoughtVernon L Parrington (1927)
Three Case HistoriesSigmund Freud (1963)
The Struggle for EuropeChester Wilmot (1952)
The City in HistoryLewis Mumford (1961)
Systematic TheologyWolfhart Pannenberg (1988)
The Campaign of the MarneSewell Tyng (1925)
Tractatus Logico-PhilosophicusLudwig Wittgenstein (1921)
A General Introduction to Psycho-AnalysisSigmund Freud (1952)
A Fire on the MoonNorman Mailer (1970)
Epitome of Copernican AstronomyJohannes Kepler (1617)
What Is Life?Erwin Schrödinger (1929)
Kafka’s Other TrialElias Canetti (1974)
Thoughts for the Times on War and DeathSigmund Freud (1952)
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the EgoSigmund Freud (1922)
The Artist’s WayJulia Cameron (1992)
An Introduction to MetaphysicsHenri Bergson (1903)
AlmagestPtolemy (150)
New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-AnalysisSigmund Freud (1933)
The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a VisitElias Canetti (1978)
Atomic Theory and the Description of NatureNiels Bohr (1952)
On NarcissismSigmund Freud (1914)
Rameau’s NephewDenis Diderot (1805)
Science and the Modern WorldAlfred North Whitehead (1925)
Experience in EducationJohn Dewey (1938)
The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin (1963)
Instincts and Their VicissitudesSigmund Freud (1915)
Beyond the Pleasure PrincipleSigmund Freud (1920)
The Expanding UniverseArthur Eddington (1948)
Physics and PhilosophyWerner Heisenberg (1934)
The Nature of LifeC. H. Waddington (1961)
The Future Prospects of Psycho-Analytic TherapySigmund Freud (1910)
Essays in SociologyMax Weber (1958)
Structural AnthropologyClaude Lévi-Strauss (1963)
The Word of God and the Word of ManKarl Barth (1952)
An Introduction to MathematicsAlfred North Whitehead (1910)
The Acquisitive SocietyR. H. Tawney (1921)
Scientific Autobiography and Other PapersMax Planck (1949)
What Is Metaphysics?Martin Heidegger (1930)
Science and HypothesisHenri Poincaré (1905)
Observations on “Wild” Psycho-AnalysisSigmund Freud (1952)
The Origin and Development of Psycho-AnalysisSigmund Freud (1952)
The Ego and the IdSigmund Freud (1923)
The Theory of the Leisure ClassThorstein Veblen (1899)
Selected Papers on HysteriaSigmund Freud (1912)
Fear and TremblingSøren Kierkegaard (1843)
Discussion with Einstein on EpistemologyNiels Bohr (1965)
The Problems of PhilosophyBertrand Russell (1912)
Inhibitions, Symptoms, and AnxietySigmund Freud (1893)
RepressionSigmund Freud (1950)
The Lives of the Twelve CaesarsSuetonius (121)
The World as Will and IdeaArthur Schopenhauer (1818)
Angela’s Ashes: A MemoirFrank McCourt (1996)
Insight: A Study of Human UnderstandingBernard Lonergan (1957)
NightElie Wiesel (1960)
DisraeliRobert Blake (1967)
Democracy and LeadershipIrving Babbitt (1924)
The MachiavelliansJames Burnham (1943)
Reflections of a Russian StatesmanKonstantin P. Pobedonostsev (1898)
The Hedgehog and the FoxIsaiah Berlin (1953)
The ABC of ReadingEzra Pound (1934)
Second World WarJohn Keegan (1990)
Henry JamesLeon Edel (1963)
The Making of Homeric VerseMilman Parry (1971)
The Lives of a CellLewis Thomas (1974)
The Strange Ride of Rudyard KiplingAngus Wilson (1977)
ScrutinyF. R. Leavis (1947)
HiroshimaJohn Hersey (1946)
Seven Years in TibetHeinrich Harrer (1952)
The Voyage of the BeagleCharles Darwin (1839)
The Edge of the SwordCharles De Gaulle (1960)
BureaucracyLudwig von Mises (1945)
BalzacStefan Zweig (1946)
The Good SocietyWalter Lippmann (1937)
The Christian TraditionJaroslav Pelikan (1973)
Strange DefeatMarc Bloch (1944)
Looking BackNorman Douglas (1998)
Mont-Saint-Michel and ChartresHenry Adams (1918)
Poetry and the AgeRandall Jarrell (1953)
Love in the Western WorldDenis de Rougemont (1939)
Wealth and PovertyGeorge Gilder (1981)
Darwin’s Black BoxMichael J. Behe (1996)
The Way the World WorksJude Wanniski (1978)
To the Finland StationEdmund Wilson (1940)
CivilisationKenneth Clark (1969)
The Russian RevolutionRichard Pipes (1990)
The Idea of HistoryR. G. Collingwood (1946)
The Last LionWilliam Manchester (1988)
The Starr ReportKenneth W. Starr (1998)
The Son of a ServantAugust Strindberg (1886)
The Meaning of TruthWilliam James (1909)
A History of PhilosophyFrederick Charles Copleston (1946)
Parerga and ParalipomenaArthur Schopenhauer (1851)
The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South SeasThor Heyerdahl (1948)
PhaedoPlato (-399)
The Triumph of the TherapeuticPhilip Rieff (1966)
Religion and the Rise of Western CultureChristopher Dawson (1950)
I Will Bear WitnessVictor Klemperer (1998)
Persons and PlacesGeorge Santayana (1944)
Letters from an American FarmerJ. Crevecoeur (1782)
The Pillow BookSei Shōnagon (1002)
The Great Chain of BeingArthur Lovejoy (1936)
Records of the Grand HistorianSima Qian (-91)
PrejudicesH. L. Mencken (1919)
Lost in the CosmosWalker Percy (1983)
The Twilight of the Idols and The AntichristFriedrich Nietzsche (1889)
Human, All Too HumanFriedrich Nietzsche (1878)
My LifeLeon Trotsky (1929)
GermaniaCornelius Tacitus (98)
The Stripping of the AltarsEamon Duffy (1992)
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in CultureJohan Huizinga (1938)
The Nature and Destiny of ManReinhold Niebuhr (1941)
After VirtueAlasdair MacIntyre (1981)
Understanding PoetryCleanth Brooks & Robert Penn Warren (1938)
The Subjection of WomenJohn Stuart Mill (1869)
Democratic VistasWalt Whitman (1871)
Natural Right and HistoryLeo Strauss (1953)
CritoPlato (-399)
The Whig Interpretation of HistoryHerbert Butterfield (1931)
EuthyphroPlato (-399)
The 18th Brumaire of Louis BonaparteKarl Marx (1852)
Basic Documents in American HistoryRichard Brandon Morris (1956)
The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin (1771)
Teacher in AmericaJacques Barzun (1945)
Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a YearCarlo Levi (1945)
The New Science of PoliticsEric Voegelin (1952)
MenciusMencius (-400)
An Autobiography of Anthony TrollopeAnthony Trollope (1883)
Protestant, Catholic, JewWill Herberg (1955)
The Guns of AugustBarbara Tuchman (1962)
SybilFlora Rheta Schreiber (1973)
Notes of a Native SonJames Baldwin (1955)
The Power BrokerRobert Caro (1974)
Titi Livi Ab urbe condita libriLivy (-9)
CitizensSimon Schama (1989)
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White MotherJames McBride (1995)
The American LanguageH. L. Mencken (1919)
Eats, Shoots and LeavesLynne Truss (2003)
Roughing ItMark Twain (1872)
Reveille in WashingtonMargaret Leech (1942)
The Making of the English Working ClassE. P. Thompson (1963)
Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting ManSiegfried Sassoon (1928)
A Year in ProvencePeter Mayle (1989)
Lives of the ArtistsGiorgio Vasari (1908)
The Origins of the Second World WarA. J. P. Taylor (1961)
Galapagos: World’s EndWilliam Beebe (1924)
A History of the CrusadesStephen Runciman (1951)
NapoleonVincent Cronin (1971)
A People’s TragedyOrlando Figes (1996)
A History of the English-Speaking PeoplesWinston Churchill (1956)
The Name Above the Title: An AutobiographyFrank Capra (1971)
Schott’s Original MiscellanyBen Schott (2002)
A Child Called ‘It’Dave Pelzer (1995)
The Beauty MythNaomi Wolf (1991)
The Life of Charlotte BrontëElizabeth Gaskell (1857)
The Anglo-Saxon ChronicleUnknown (875)
Kama SutraVātsyāyana (200)
The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World WarSamuel Eliot Morison (1963)
How to CookDelia Smith (1971)
Canon of MedicineAvicenna (1025)
Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (1882–1940)James MacGregor Burns (1956)
Microbe HuntersPaul de Kruif (1926)
Man’s Search for MeaningVictor Frankl (1984)
The Tao of PhysicsFritjof Capra (1975)
The Reason WhyCecil Woodham-Smith (1953)
L’EncyclopédieDiderot (1751)
One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of ScienceGeorge Gamow (1947)
Escape from FreedomErich Fromm (1941)
DiariesAlan Clark (1983)
AtlasGerardus Mercator (1585)
The Mismeasure of ManStephen Jay Gould (1981)
PersepolisMarjane Satrapi (2000)
The Proper Study of MankindIsaiah Berlin (1997)
Nature and Destiny of ManReinhold Niebuhr (1943)
Being and NothingnessJean-Paul Sartre (1943)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass (1845)
Pilgrim at Tinker CreekAnnie Dillard (1975)
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy SoldierIshmael Beah (2007)
This Boy’s LifeTobias Wolff (1989)
Syntactic StructuresNoam Chomsky (1957)
CyberneticsNorbert Wiener (1950)
My ChildhoodMaxim Gorky (1913)
I and ThouMartin Buber (1923)
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela (1995)
All the President’s MenBob Woodward, Carl Bernstein (1974)
Beyond Freedom and DignityB.F. Skinner (1971)
The Feminine MystiqueBetty Friedan (1963)
The Principia MathematicaAlfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell (1913)
The Mirror and the LampMeyer Howard Abrams (1953)
The AntsE. O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler (1990)
The Art of the Soluble: Creativity and Originality in SciencePeter B. Medawar (1967)
A Theory of JusticeJohn Rawls (1971)
Children of CrisisRobert Coles (1967)
Art and IllusionErnest H. Gombrich (1960)
The Great War and Modern MemoryPaul Fussell (1975)
The Souls of Black FolkW.E.B. Du Bois (1903)
Shadow and ACTRalph Ellison (1964)
A Distant MirrorBarbara Tuchman (1978)
Meditations on First PhilosophyRené Descartes (1641)
The Course in Positive PhilosophyAuguste Comte (1842)
On the Babylonian Captivity of the ChurchMartin Luther (1520)
Beelzebub’s Tales to His GrandsonGeorge Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1950)
Treatise on Electricity and MagnetismJames Clerk Maxwell (1873)
Psychological TypesCarl Jung (1921)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatOliver Sacks (1985)
First PrinciplesHerbert Spencer (1862)
Works of Gottfried Wilhelm LeibnizGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1716)
Allegorical Expositions of the Holy LawsPhilo of Alexandria (50)
Outlines of PyrrhonismSextus Empiricus (175)
Reflections on the Revolution in FranceEdmund Burke (1790)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca Skloot (2010)
Experiments on Plant HybridizationGregor Mendel (1865)
Enquiry Concerning Political JusticeWilliam Godwin (1793)
The Consolation of PhilosophyBoethius (524)
The Logic of Scientific DiscoveryKarl Popper (1934)
Phenomenology of MindG. W. F. Hegel (1807)
The Guide for the PerplexedMoses Maimonides (1190)
The New ScienceGiambattista Vico (1725)
The Mind and SocietyVilfredo Pareto (1916)
A Treatise of Human NatureDavid Hume (1739)
Novum OrganumFrancis Bacon (1620)
A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human KnowledgeGeorge Berkeley (1710)
The Nicomachean EthicsAristotle (-400)
Principia EthicaGeorge Moore (1903)
Great BridgeDavid McCullough (1972)
Philosophy and CivilizationJohn Dewey (1931)
The Age of JacksonArthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1945)
MausArt Spiegelman (1986)
On Growth and FormD’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1917)
Ideas and OpinionsAlbert Einstein (1954)
Science and Civilisation in ChinaJoseph Needham (1954)
Against InterpretationSusan Sontag (1966)
The Path to PowerRobert Caro (1982)
The Autobiography of Mark TwainMark Twain (1959)
Present at the CreationDean Acheson (1969)
Why We Can’t WaitMartin Luther King, Jr. (1964)
The Unsettling of AmericaWendell Berry (1960)
The Hero with a Thousand FacesJoseph Campbell (1949)
The Sickness Unto DeathSøren Kierkegaard (1849)
The Age of ReasonThomas Paine (1794)
Boswell’s London Journal, 1762-1763James Boswell (1763)
Biographia LiterariaSamuel Taylor Coleridge (1817)
Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political EconomyKarl Marx (1858)
AreopagiticaJohn Milton (1644)
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical WorksJonathan Swift (1729)
The Shock of the NewRobert Hughes (1980)
Scepticism and Animal FaithGeorge Santayana (1923)
Essays of Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau (1862)
SymposiumPlato (-370)
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of EvilHannah Arendt (1963)
The life and letters of Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin (1790)
OrientalismEdward W. Said (1978)
Catiline OrationsMarcus Tullius Cicero (-63)
The Hasheesh EaterFitz Hugh Ludlow (1857)
Black Elk SpeaksJohn G. Neihardt (1932)
Man and His SymbolsCarl Gustav Jung (1964)
The Confessions of Nat TurnerNat Turner, Thomas R. Gray (1831)
The Year of Magical ThinkingJoan Didion (2005)
WorkingStuds Terkel (1974)
Darkness VisibleWilliam Styron (1989)
The House of MorganRon Chernow (1990)
A Bright Shining LieNeil Sheehan (1988)
In the American GrainWilliam Carlos Williams (1925)
West With the NightBeryl Markham (1942)
Cadillac DesertMarc Reisner (1986)
James JoyceRichard Ellmann (1983)
The Sweet ScienceA. J. Liebling (1956)
The Rise of Theodore RooseveltEdmund Morris (1979)
Religion And The Rise Of CapitalismR. H. Tawney (1922)
A Preface to MoralsWalter Lippmann (1929)
The Journalist and the MurdererJanet Malcolm (1990)
Me Talk Pretty One DayDavid Sedaris (2000)
The Gate of Heavenly PeaceJonathan D. Spence (1982)
The Rise and Fall of the Third ReichWilliam L. Shirer (1960)
The Strange Career of Jim CrowC. Vann Woodward (1955)
The Rise of the WestWilliam H. McNeill (1991)
The Gnostic GospelsElaine Pagels (1979)
Florence NightingaleCecil Woodham-Smith (1983)
The Road from CoorainJill Ker Conway (1989)
Studies in IconologyErwin Panofsky (1939)
The Strange Death of Liberal EnglandGeorge Dangerfield (1935)
VermeerLawrence Gowing (1952)
The American Political TraditionRichard Hofstadter (1948)
Contours of American HistoryWilliam Appleman Williams (1961)
The Promise of American LifeHerbert Croly (1909)
The Taming of ChanceIan Hacking (1990)
Operating InstructionsAnne Lamott (1994)
MelbourneDavid Cecil (1954)
Natural HistoryPliny (the Elder) (79)
The Works of ArchimedesArchimedes (-212)
Theophrastus: His Psychological, Doxographical, and Scientific WritingsWilliam Wall Fortenbaugh, Dimitri Gutas (1992)
An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinaeEdward Jenner (1798)
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783Alfred Thayer Mahan (1890)
Catiline’s War, The Jugurthine War, HistoriesSallust (-35)
AnabasisXenophon
On the Fabric of the Human BodyAndreas Vesalius (1543)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionLaura Hillenbrand (2010)
The HistoriesPolybius (c. 440 BC)
Notes from a Small IslandBill Bryson (1995)
The City of GodSaint Augustine (426)
Three Cups of TeaGreg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin (2006)
Mountains Beyond Mountains: One doctor’s quest to heal the worldTracy Kidder (2003)
Kaffir BoyMark Mathabane (1986)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusDave Eggers (2000)
NadjaAndré Breton (1928)
Guns, Germs, and SteelJared Diamond (1997)
The Making of the President, 1960Theodore White (1961)
John AdamsDavid McCullough (2001)
One Writer’s BeginningsEudora Welty (1983)
How Democracies PerishJean François Revel (1983)
Surrealist ManifestoAndré Breton (1924)
The Pleasure of the TextRoland Barthes (1975)
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