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The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels 

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Updated November 5, 2019 5.8k votes 621 voters 13k views 61 items

List Rules Greatest works of nonfiction literature

This list is about the best non-fiction novels; it answers the question, “What are the best non-fiction books?” While everyone loves a good fiction novel from time to time, non-fiction stories can grip the soul in a way that nothing else can. Tales about war, lost love, tragedy, death, loss, heroism, goodness – each facet of a non-fiction book tugs at our heartstrings and reminds us that we are united together as human beings. We begin to remember that we each feel - we each know struggles and pain and all of us know what it’s like to love. Some of the best-written novels of our time are the ones that are forever implanted in our beings. Feelings of anger, hope and revenge are struck when we read about was stories like “Hiroshima”. We remember where we came from and feel a sense of patriotism when we read “A People’s History of the United States.” And we gain a sense of empathy and respect from reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. It is stories like this that make us who we truly are, and never allow us to forget. Is there a true story listed here that has deeply impacted your life? Vote for your favorite non-fiction novel!
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The Diary of a Young Gir... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Brody Hillstock added Anne Frank
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In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Truman Capote
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Helter Skelter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
mwlittletreasures added Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
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I Know Why the Caged Bir... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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Bury My Heart at Wounded... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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Midnight in the Garden o... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Ranker TV added John Berendt
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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Jon Krakauer
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All the President's Men ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
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The Devil in the White C... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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The Rise and Fall of the... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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Hiroshima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
John Hersey
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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Sebastian Junger
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A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Bill Bryson
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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Isak Dinesen
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A Brief History of Time ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Stephen Hawking
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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Tom Wolfe
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The Elements of Style is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.
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The Autobiography of Mal... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Alex Haley, Malcolm X
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Guns, Germs, and Steel ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Jared Diamond
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Silent Spring is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Rachel Carson
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The Executioner's Song ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Norman Mailer
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How to Win Friends and I... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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And the Band Played On ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Randy Shilts
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The Joy of Sex is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Alex Comfort
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A People's History of th... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels