The Guardian's Top 100 Non-Fiction Books

Goodreads data suggests most people have read only 1 book on this list. How many have you read?

Original source: The Guardian's 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books
List Challenge
The average Goodreads member has read 5 out of 100 books on this list — how many have you read?
1

by
4.12 avg rating — 2,302,204 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.22 avg rating — 49,829 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
3.79 avg rating — 132,795 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
4.06 avg rating — 448,073 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
3.98 avg rating — 83,182 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
3.80 avg rating — 209,693 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
4.15 avg rating — 223,820 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
3.97 avg rating — 35,644 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
3.97 avg rating — 10,640 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
3.95 avg rating — 28,519 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
3.54 avg rating — 84,077 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
4.14 avg rating — 31,491 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
4.12 avg rating — 4,078 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
3.97 avg rating — 250,627 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
3.90 avg rating — 14,645 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.12 avg rating — 86,989 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
3.76 avg rating — 165,558 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
3.91 avg rating — 2,930 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
4.12 avg rating — 24,053 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
4.20 avg rating — 15,036 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
4.02 avg rating — 33,345 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
3.92 avg rating — 62,218 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
4.07 avg rating — 38,212 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
3.96 avg rating — 9,844 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.21 avg rating — 11,635 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
3.82 avg rating — 51,831 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
4.02 avg rating — 7,138 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
3.87 avg rating — 14,431 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
3.94 avg rating — 1,988 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
4.03 avg rating — 8,681 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
4.05 avg rating — 8,770 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
3.59 avg rating — 7,277 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
3.95 avg rating — 24,451 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
3.68 avg rating — 32,115 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.13 avg rating — 113,335 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
4.01 avg rating — 5,953 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
4.22 avg rating — 75,830 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
4.08 avg rating — 13,530 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
4.20 avg rating — 1,121 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
3.99 avg rating — 77,369 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
3.79 avg rating — 1,389 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
4.27 avg rating — 27,870 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
4.29 avg rating — 36,904 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
3.86 avg rating — 10,046 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
3.76 avg rating — 2,045 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
3.88 avg rating — 4,127 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
3.86 avg rating — 18,380 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
4.25 avg rating — 23,862 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
4.20 avg rating — 8,617 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
4.11 avg rating — 11,556 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
4.18 avg rating — 8,519 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
3.74 avg rating — 1,901 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
3.93 avg rating — 24,230 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
4.34 avg rating — 7,885 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
4.04 avg rating — 8,836 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.12 avg rating — 5,343 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
3.72 avg rating — 5,386 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
4.06 avg rating — 88,835 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
3.62 avg rating — 6,135 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
3.69 avg rating — 27,209 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
3.72 avg rating — 23,890 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
4.22 avg rating — 27,172 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
4.23 avg rating — 4,227 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
4.22 avg rating — 3,931 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
4.23 avg rating — 13,890 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.83 avg rating — 8,586 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
4.19 avg rating — 10,280 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.18 avg rating — 2,850 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.07 avg rating — 3,014 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
3.77 avg rating — 1,703 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71

by
3.88 avg rating — 1,397 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.23 avg rating — 12,374 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.06 avg rating — 5,272 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
3.63 avg rating — 19 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
3.85 avg rating — 326 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
4.21 avg rating — 20,992 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
3.70 avg rating — 16,968 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
3.94 avg rating — 4,392 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
3.99 avg rating — 188 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
3.80 avg rating — 2,539 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.04 avg rating — 982 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
4.14 avg rating — 1,126 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83

by
3.51 avg rating — 1,087 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
3.93 avg rating — 269 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
3.89 avg rating — 239,802 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 19,335 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
3.88 avg rating — 10,632 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
3.92 avg rating — 13,144 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
4.32 avg rating — 149 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
4.29 avg rating — 5,161 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
4.20 avg rating — 2,171 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
3.86 avg rating — 2,166 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
3.79 avg rating — 2,699 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
4.26 avg rating — 8,113 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
4.57 avg rating — 7 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
4.23 avg rating — 1,703 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
3.91 avg rating — 1,034 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
4.17 avg rating — 13,786 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
3.82 avg rating — 5,935 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
3.91 avg rating — 1,371 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)

Get Results & Compare With Friends »




Daniel 683 books
131 friends
Tricia 1012 books
127 friends
M0rningstar 885 books
65 friends
Catelyn 643 books
36 friends
Paula 888 books
16 friends
Bwolf 200 books
2 friends
Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
456 friends
Kate 806 books
42 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-24 of 24 (24 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Out of curiosity, is this the Manchester Guardian?

I don't suppose it's surprising that a British journal would focus on sources about Britain, but I don't quite see why there are so many 'crime' books.

I'd tend to delete the crime books, and add Myths that Cause Crime; The Mismeasure of Man; The Nazi Doctors; Hiroshima-shi, Nagasaki-shi; Nehru's Letters to His Daughter; etc, etc.

Of course, ultimately, you can't limit significant books by any arbitrary metric. There will always be other candidates for deletion/addition.


message 2: by Reese (new)

Reese Can somebody save me the trouble of figuring out which of the 101 books on this list is not one of THE GUARDIAN's top 100 non-fiction books?


message 3: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell CLAY SHIRKY, really.


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Jun 17, 2011 06:04AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Deleted, for not being on The Guardian's original list:

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Also: The entry by Susan Sontag shouldn't actually be Against Interpretation: And Other Essays, but CAMP ...


message 5: by Reese (new)

Reese Thanks for the help.


message 7: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Rekshan Awesome! Thanks for finding the 101st book, it was driving me crazy!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) My pleasure. :)


message 9: by Saarah (new)

Saarah Thanks for the list!


message 10: by Susan (new)

Susan This is just pitiful. I have only read 3 of the "Top 100" ... looks like I have some serious reading to do.


message 11: by Debbie (new)

Debbie "The Medium is the Massage" should actually be "The Medium is the Message". For me it is pitiful, too. I've read only 4 and 3 of those were because of assignments in high school or college.


message 12: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards No, it was meant to called 'The Medium is the Message', but there was a printing error and McLuhan liked it...
http://garydexter.blogspot.com/2009/0...


message 13: by Lindig (new)

Lindig Several of these I read only because I was an English Lit. major in college. Do they count? Well, never mind -- I decided "read" is "read," no matter the reason.


message 14: by Joan (new)

Joan Valerie wrote: "Out of curiosity, is this the Manchester Guardian?"

What used to be called the Manchester Guardian is now just called the Guardian, and is based in London.


message 15: by Kevin (new)

Kevin O'Keeffe The original manuscript of "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written in ballpoint (according to an article I read in the New York Times, back in the 1990s). To paraphrase the Mickey Rourke character from the (excellent) late 1980s film, Angel Heart, "They weren't too big on ballpoint back in '45."

Ergo, the inclusion of the "Diary," in a list of the "Top 100 NONFICTION Books," seems less than entirely warranted.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I think your argument is with the Guardian, not with us!


message 17: by Valerie (new)

Valerie The manuscript(s) of Anne Frank's Diary has been repeatedly verified by graphologists and other experts.

Notwithstanding the repeated refutation of disingenous attempts to deny the validity of the document, however, there is still good reason to pick the critical edition as the edition to read, since the editors of said critical edition restored several elisions and deletions introduced by Otto Frank and other earlier publishers, and because parts of the diary were rewritten by Anne herself, with an eye toward publication; and people might prefer to see both the original version and the edited version.


message 18: by Nathaniel (last edited Jun 20, 2011 10:59PM) (new)

Nathaniel Wyckoff What criteria did The Guardian use? The list includes The Communist Manifesto, but not The Wealth of Nations. Arguably, The Wealth of Nations was a more influential and important work.


message 19: by Mountainking (new)

Mountainking Great


message 20: by Brent (new)

Brent A superb list. My only addition? "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," by Hunter S. Thompson.


message 21: by John (new)

John Gribbin Valerie wrote: "Out of curiosity, is this the Manchester Guardian?

I don't suppose it's surprising that a British journal would focus on sources about Britain, but I don't quite see why there are so many 'crime' ..."


It hasn't been "Manchester" for about 40 years!


message 22: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Just goes to show the hazards of relying on fiction over a hundred years old as one's primary gazetteer for foreign lands.

I've never actually seen a copy of the periodical in question, though I've seen articles from it, quoted in other sources or reprinted entire.


message 23: by Roland (new)

Roland Howard Where on earth is Hersey's Hiroshima?
Also Bitter Fruit by Stephen Kinzer and Adam Hochchild's King Leopold's Ghost.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Take it up with the Guardian (see comment 16, above) ...


back to top