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40 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time


Our goal: Gather the most accurate and trustworthy list of Nonfiction books on the internet.

Our process:
1. Search for "best Nonfiction books" and click on the top 5 articles.
2. Find every book mentioned in 2+ articles and average their rankings.
3. Deliver them all neatly to you here! 😊

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2

    Silent Spring

    Rachel Carson

    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3

    Into Thin Air

    Jon Krakauer

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5

    The Sixth Extinction

    Elizabeth Kolbert

    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 8

    Unbroken

    Laura Hillenbrand

    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12

    The New Jim Crow

    Michelle Alexander

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14

    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk Jr.

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

    The Souls of Black Folk

    W. E. B. Du Bois

    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18

    The Emperor of All Maladies

    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21

    Black Boy

    Richard Wright

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22

    Wild Swans

    Jung Chang

    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25

    Ariel

    Sylvia Plath

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27

    A Room of One's Own

    Virginia Woolf

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28

    The Second Sex

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 29

    No Logo

    Naomi Klein

    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 30

    Hiroshima

    John Hersey

    Appears in 2 articles
  31. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    31

    Sapiens

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 32
    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 33

    H Is for Hawk

    Helen Macdonald

    Appears in 2 articles
  34. 34
    Appears in 2 articles
  35. 35
    Appears in 2 articles
  36. 36
    Appears in 2 articles
  37. 37
    Appears in 2 articles
  38. 38
    Appears in 2 articles
  39. 39

    How to Cook a Wolf

    M.F.K. Fisher

    Appears in 2 articles
  40. 40
    Appears in 2 articles

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