Goodreads Best Non-Fiction


  1. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  3. Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt
  4. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  5. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  6. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  7. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
  8. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  10. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  11. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  12. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  13. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  14. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  15. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  16. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
  17. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  18. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  19. On Writing by Stephen King
  20. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
  21. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  22. Night by Elie Wiesel
  23. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  24. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  25. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
  26. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  27. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  28. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
  29. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  30. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  31. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat & Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  32. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  33. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  34. The Professor & the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity & the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  35. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  36. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  37. Columbine by Dave Cullen
  38. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
  39. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
  40. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  41. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  42. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  43. Marley & Me by John Grogan
  44. I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson
  45. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  46. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
  47. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  48. Walden by HD Thoreau
  49. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
  50. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
  51. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  52. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  53. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  54. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
  55. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisionsby Dan Ariely
  56. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  57. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  58. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
  59. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  60. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  61. 1776 by David McCullough
  62. The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
  63. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  64. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
  65. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
  66. The Know-It-All by AJ Jacobs
  67. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  68. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman
  69. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil Warby Tony Horwitz
  70. There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz
  71. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  72. All The President’s Men by Carl Bernstein
  73. Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in Historyby Erik Larson
  74. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
  75. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
  76. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
  77. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L Shirer
  78. The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
  79. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
  80. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
  81. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
  82. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
  83. The World is Flat by Thomas L Friedman
  84. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
  85. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
  86. He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt
  87. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley
  88. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
  89. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
  90. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  91. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  92. Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
  93. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  94. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  95. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time by Dava Sobel
  96. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dreamby Barack Obama
  97. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker
  98. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
  99. What’s the Matter With Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank
  100. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

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