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13 Best C Books of All Time

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

Our process:
1. Search for "best c 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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    The C Programming Language

    Brian W. Kernighan

    Appears in 5 articles
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    Appears in 5 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 5 articles
  4. 4
    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 4 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 9
    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 13
    Appears in 2 articles


  • How was this C books list created?

    We searched for "best C books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many C books are in this list?

    There are 13 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this C books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of C books on the internet.

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