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40 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Nonfiction books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Nonfiction books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2

    Silent Spring

    Rachel Carson

    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 12
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 14

    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk Jr.

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 17

    The Souls of Black Folk

    W. E. B. Du Bois

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 21

    Black Boy

    Richard Wright

    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 25
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 26

    Ariel

    Sylvia Plath

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 27

    A Room of One's Own

    Virginia Woolf

    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 28

    The Second Sex

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 29

    Hiroshima

    John Hersey

    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 30

    No Logo

    Naomi Klein

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    31
    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 32

    H Is for Hawk

    Helen Macdonald

    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 33
    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 34
    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 35
    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 36
    Appears in 2 articles
  34. 37
    Appears in 2 articles
  35. 38
    Appears in 2 articles
  36. 39

    How to Cook a Wolf

    M.F.K. Fisher

    Appears in 2 articles
  37. 40
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

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

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 40 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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