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John Adams by David McCulloughThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Best History Books
3,302 books — 3,434 voters
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëA Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfThe Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Best Feminist Books
2,407 books — 3,331 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Memoirs by Women
2,781 books — 2,915 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
Well-Written Holocaust Books
803 books — 2,847 voters

Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandEinstein by Walter IsaacsonInto the Wild by Jon KrakauerJohn Adams by David McCullough
Best Biographies
1,332 books — 2,712 voters

John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Best American History Books
1,990 books — 2,411 voters
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandLone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellWe Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Harold G. Moore
Best Non-fiction War Books
1,696 books — 2,090 voters

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Africa (fiction and nonfiction)
1,705 books — 1,810 voters

In Cold Blood by Truman CapoteHelter Skelter by Vincent BugliosiThe Stranger Beside Me by Ann RuleThe Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonColumbine by Dave Cullen
Best True Crime
1,176 books — 1,809 voters
The New Jim Crow by Michelle AlexanderBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Books White People Need to Read
1,219 books — 1,664 voters

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony BourdainThe Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael PollanAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara KingsolverFast Food Nation by Eric SchlosserIn Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Food-Related Non-Fiction
1,126 books — 1,655 voters
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettThe Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerWorld Without End by Ken FollettBeowulf by Unknown
Best Middle Ages Books
1,167 books — 1,621 voters

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtryTrue Grit by Charles PortisBlood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthyAll the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthyNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Best Westerns
1,382 books — 1,408 voters
1984 by George OrwellAnimal Farm by George OrwellGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondBrave New World by Aldous HuxleyMan's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Best Books To Frame Thinking
1,222 books — 1,403 voters

Freakonomics by Steven D. LevittA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondStiff by Mary RoachOutliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Interesting and Readable Nonfiction
2,317 books — 1,374 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankWhy They Stay by Anne MichaudGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondA Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingThe Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Non-fiction - Something for Everyone
2,708 books — 1,278 voters

Please Kill Me by Legs McNeilJust Kids by Patti SmithChronicles by Bob DylanLife by Keith RichardsLove Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
Best Non Fiction About Music
1,256 books — 1,262 voters
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  SmithBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories by Truman CapoteExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Tales of New York City
1,382 books — 1,207 voters

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonSapiens by Yuval Noah HarariThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootQuiet by Susan CainFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
Best 21st Century Non-Fiction
1,466 books — 1,174 voters
The Constitution of the United States of America by Founding FathersThe Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the U... by Founding FathersThe Federalist Papers by Alexander HamiltonA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnCollected Writings by Thomas Paine
Best Books to Become an Informed Voter
911 books — 1,090 voters

I, Claudius by Robert GravesThe First Man in Rome by Colleen McCulloughClaudius the God and His Wife Messalina by Robert GravesThe Twelve Caesars by SuetoniusPompeii by Robert   Harris
Best Books About Ancient Rome
697 books — 1,069 voters
1984 by George OrwellWhy They Stay by Anne MichaudFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyNight by Elie WieselThe Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Thought Provoking
1,299 books — 1,052 voters

Animal Farm by George OrwellThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Communist Manifesto by Karl MarxThe Prince by Niccolò MachiavelliThe Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Most influential books under 100 pages
241 books — 1,026 voters
The Killer Angels by Michael ShaaraGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPhersonThe Civil War by Shelby FooteCold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Best American Civil War Books
935 books — 970 voters

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Red Tent by Anita DiamantThe Secret Magdalene by Ki LongfellowNefertiti by Michelle MoranCleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Awesome Women of the Ancient World
392 books — 944 voters
Sapiens by Yuval Noah HarariHomo Deus by Yuval Noah HarariThinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonQuiet by Susan Cain
Best of 21st Century Non-fiction
925 books — 904 voters

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