TIME’s 100 Greatest Nonfiction Books

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Dreams From my Father by Barack Obama
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maxchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown
Maus by Art Spiegelman
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
On Writing by Stephen King
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited by Vladimir Nabokov
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill by William Manchester
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro
Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
No Logo by Naomi Klein
Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile by Ralph Nader
What Color is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles
The American Cinema by Andrew Sarris
A Child of the Century by Ben Hecht
Within Context of No Context by George W.S. Trow
Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
Against Interpretation, and Other Essays by Susan Sontag
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion
A Supposedly Funny Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock
The Joy of Sex by Dr. Alex Comfort
Sexual Behavior in the Human Female by Alfred Kinsey
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Heath Book Collective
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter
Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee
The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation by Reinhold Niebuhr
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient by Edward Said
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
Syntactic Structures by Noam Chomsky
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
The Clash of Civilizations: Remaking of World Order by Samuel Huntington
The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater
God and Man at Yale by William F. Buckley, Jr.
Homage to Catlonia by George Orwell
The Making of the President by Theodore White
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter
What It Takes: The Way to the White House by Richard Ben Cramer
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead
The Double Helix by James Watson
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas
The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris
On Human Nature by Edward Wilson
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
Alchoholics Anonymous
The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
The American Way of Death Revisted by Jessica Mitford
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Other America: Poverty in the United States by Michael Harrington
Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Working by Studs Terkel
Ball Four by Jim Bouton
The Sweet Science by A.J. Liebling
The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote
Dispatches by Michael Herr
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussel
Hiroshima by John Hersey
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

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