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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
2
174 44
Utterly Cold Blooded is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Truman Capote
3
140 36
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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130 46
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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110 35
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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122 53
Midnight in the Garden of Good... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Ranker TV added John Berendt
7
93 42
All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
8
96 45
Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Jon Krakauer
9
92 49
The Devil in the White City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
10
77 38
The Rise and Fall of the Third... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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75 37
Hiroshima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
John Hersey
12
72 41
The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Sebastian Junger
13
73 42
A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Bill Bryson
14
65 37
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Isak Dinesen
15
62 37
The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
TameraJohnson added Tom Wolfe
16
65 41
The Elements of Style is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.
17
69 45
A Brief History of Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Stephen Hawking
18
57 37
The Autobiography of Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Alex Haley, Malcolm X
19
59 44
Silent Spring is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Rachel Carson
20
57 42
Guns, Germs, and Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Jared Diamond
21
52 40
The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Norman Mailer
22
51 41
The Joy of Sex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Alex Comfort
23
52 43
And the Band Played On is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
Randy Shilts
24
49 41
A People's History of the Unit... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels
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47 39
On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-Fiction Novels