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40 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time


Our goal: Find the best Nonfiction books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best nonfiction books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 馃槉
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2023)

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    Silent Spring

    Rachel Carson

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    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

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    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk Jr.

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    The Second Sex

    Simone de Beauvoir

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    H Is for Hawk

    Helen Macdonald

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    Hiroshima

    John Hersey

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    The Souls of Black Folk

    W. E. B. Du Bois

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    No Logo

    Naomi Klein

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    A Room of One's Own

    Virginia Woolf

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    Black Boy

    Richard Wright

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    Ariel

    Sylvia Plath

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    How to Cook a Wolf

    M.F.K. Fisher

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FAQ

  • How was this Nonfiction books list created?

    We searched for 'best Nonfiction books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Nonfiction books are in this list?

    There are 40 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Nonfiction books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Nonfiction books on the internet.

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