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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 Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Brody Hillstock added The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank

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Utterly Cold Blooded is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Utterly Cold Blooded Truman Capote

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Helter Skelter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
mwlittletreasures added Helter Skelter Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Midnight in the Garden of Good... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Ranker TV added Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
All the President's Men Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward

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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Into the Wild Jon Krakauer

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The Devil in the White City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Hiroshima is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Hiroshima John Hersey

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen

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The Rise and Fall of the Third... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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The Elements of Style is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The Elements of Style E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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A Brief History of Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking

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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe

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Guns, Germs, and Steel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond

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Silent Spring is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Silent Spring Rachel Carson

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The Joy of Sex is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The Joy of Sex Alex Comfort

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley, Malcolm X

The Best Steak Sauce Brands

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A Room of One's Own is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
A Room of One's Own Virginia Woolf

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The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer

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A People's History of the Unit... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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And the Band Played On is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
And the Band Played On Randy Shilts

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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Brody Hillstock added The Longest Day Cornelius Ryan

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

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The Guns of August is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The Guns of August Barbara W. Tuchman

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Nickel and Dimed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tes... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Mastering the Art of French Co... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle

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Our bodies, ourselves is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Our bodies, ourselves Boston Women's Health Book Collective

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The Feminine Mystique is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Brody Hillstock added A Bridge Too Far Cornelius Ryan

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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgo... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Sid... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Up From Slavery is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington

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A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway

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Black Boy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Black Boy Richard Wright

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

Famous People Who Were Killed by Firearms

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The Gnostic Gospels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The Gnostic Gospels Elaine Pagels

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Maus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Ranker TV added Maus Art Spiegelman

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The frontier in American histo... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
The frontier in American history Frederick Jackson Turner

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The Varieties of Religious Exp... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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The Double Helix: A Personal A... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natu... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels