The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century

Created by the staff at National Review Magazine.


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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