The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century by National Review

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1. The Second World War by Winston Churchill

2. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

3. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

4. The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek

5. Collected Essays of George Orwell by George Orwell

6. The Open Society by Karl Popper

7. The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

8. The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset

9. The Constitution of Liberty by Friedrich A. Hayek

10. Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman

11. Modern Times by Paul Johnson

12. Rationalism in Politics by Michael Oakeshott

13. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy by Joseph Schumpeter

14. Economy and Society by Max Weber

15. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

16. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West

17. Sociobiology by Edward O. Wilson

18. Centesimus Annus by Pope John Paul II

19. The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn

20. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

21. The Great Terror by Robert Conquest

22. Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge

23. Relativity by Albert Einstein

24. Witness by Whittaker Chambers

25. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn

26. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

27. The Quest for Community by Robert Nisbet

28. Encyclopedia Britannica by Encyclopedia Britannica

29. Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

30. The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton

31. Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

32. The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling

33. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson

34. The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman

35. Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe

36. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

37. The Unheavenly City by Edward C. Banfield

38. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

39. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

40. The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama

41. The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker

42. The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter

43. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes

44. God and Man at Yale by William F. Buckley, Jr.

45. Selected Essays of T. S. Eliot by T. S. Eliot

46. Ideas Have Consequences by Richard M. Weaver

47. The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs

48. The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom

49. Ethnic America by Thomas Sowell

50. An American Dilemma by Gunnar Myrdal

51. Three Case Histories by Sigmund Freud

52. The Struggle for Europe by Chester Wilmot

53. Main Currents in American Thought by Vernon L Parrington

54. The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga

55. Systematic Theology by Wolfhart Pannenberg

56. The Campaign of the Marne by Sewell Tyng

57. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein

58. Insight: A Study of Human Understanding by Bernard Lonergan

59. Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

60. Disraeli by Robert Blake

61. Democracy and Leadership by Irving Babbitt

62. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr and E. B. White

63. The Machiavellians by James Burnham

64. Reflections of a Russian Statesman by Konstantin P. Pobedonostsev

65. The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin

66. Roll, Jordan, Roll by Eugene Genovese

67. The ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound

68. Second World War by John Keegan

69. The Making of Homeric Verse by Milman Parry

70. The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling by Angus Wilson

71. Scrutiny by F. R. Leavis

72. The Edge of the Sword by Charles De Gaulle

73. R. E. Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman

74. Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises

75. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

76. Balzac by Stefan Zweig

77. The Good Society by Walter Lippmann

78. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

79. The Christian Tradition by Jaroslav Pelikan

80. Strange Defeat by Marc Bloch

81. Looking Back by Norman Douglas

82. Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams

83. Poetry and the Age by Randall Jarrell

84. Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont

85. The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk

86. Wealth and Poverty by George Gilder

87. Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson

88. Henry James by Leon Edel

89. Essays of E. B. White by E. B. White

90. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

91. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

92. Darwin’s Black Box by Michael J. Behe

93. The Civil War by Shelby Foote

94. The Way the World Works by Jude Wanniski

95. To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson

96. Civilisation by Kenneth Clark

97. The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes

98. The Idea of History by R. G. Collingwood

99. The Last Lion by William Manchester

100. The Starr Report by Kenneth W. Starr


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