Books The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels  

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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 Anne Frank

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169 42
In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Truman Capote

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130 35
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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125 44
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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103 35
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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120 50
Midnight in the Garden of Good... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Ranker TV added John Berendt

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91 39
All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward

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94 43
Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Jon Krakauer

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90 46
The Devil in the White City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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73 35
Hiroshima is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
John Hersey

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71 37
The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Sebastian Junger

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71 37
The Rise and Fall of the Third... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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72 39
A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Bill Bryson

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65 34
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Isak Dinesen

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65 39
The Elements of Style is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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60 35
The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Tom Wolfe

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68 43
A Brief History of Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Stephen Hawking

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53 35
The Autobiography of Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Alex Haley, Malcolm X

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57 40
Guns, Germs, and Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Jared Diamond

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57 42
Silent Spring is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Rachel Carson

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50 38
The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Norman Mailer

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49 39
The Joy of Sex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Alex Comfort

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48 39
A Room of One's Own is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Virginia Woolf

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50 42
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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49 41
And the Band Played On is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Randy Shilts

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47 39
A People's History of the Unit... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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43 36
The Guns of August is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Barbara W. Tuchman

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32 25
The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Brody Hillstock added Cornelius Ryan

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42 37
On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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41 37
Nickel and Dimed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Barbara Ehrenreich

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39 38
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tes... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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44 44
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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29 27
A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Brody Hillstock added Cornelius Ryan

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37 37
The Feminine Mystique is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Betty Friedan

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36 36
Mastering the Art of French Co... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Simone Beck, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle

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29 29
The Rape of Nanking: The Forgo... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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37 39
Our bodies, ourselves is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Boston Women's Health Book Collective

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30 32
Up From Slavery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Booker T. Washington

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33 36
Black Boy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Richard Wright

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37 42
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Sid... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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29 32
A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Ernest Hemingway

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28 34
The Hero with a Thousand Faces is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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25 35
The Gnostic Gospels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Elaine Pagels

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22 35
Maus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Ranker TV added Art Spiegelman

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21 34
The Varieties of Religious Exp... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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17 30
The frontier in American histo... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Frederick Jackson Turner

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15 30
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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22 41
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natu... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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17 34
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels

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16 34
The Double Helix: A Personal A... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels