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40 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Nonfiction books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best nonfiction books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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    Silent Spring

    Rachel Carson

  3. 3

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

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    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk Jr.

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    H Is for Hawk

    Helen Macdonald

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    Hiroshima

    John Hersey

  22. 24

    The Souls of Black Folk

    W. E. B. Du Bois

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    The Second Sex

    Simone de Beauvoir

  25. 27

    No Logo

    Naomi Klein

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    A Room of One's Own

    Virginia Woolf

  28. 33

    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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