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Is it possible to pick 50 of the best nonfiction books ever? Of course not! In this list I narrowed down the topic a bit by focusing on books within the last years or so, including some very contemporary ones, and I kept just a few genres: biography, memoir, history, social sciences, culture, science, and nature. And of course there are wonderful works of nonfiction written before the twentieth century. Nonfiction is a VAST field.
Last week, we published a list of the biggest fiction bestsellers of the past years —and gently compared them to the books we still read and talk about from those very same years. Sometimes the difference was striking, and sometimes, readers of the past, you kind of nailed it. The data below comes almost entirely from those lists, which count sales of nonfiction books in the United States, and are of course subject to all of the flaws, faults, and inaccuracies of any similar best-seller lists. Again, these picks are subject to the flaws, faults, and inaccuracies of any list of books made by a human with her own tastes and interests and awarenesses. Some of the years, like , give a great snapshot of American culture at the time. Others are a little more obscure.
Similiar to our list of Fiction Books to Read in a Lifetime , this list of 50 non-fiction books contains recommendations you might actually read if you haven't already. This curated list covers the gamut of non-fiction, from compelling war stories to key feminist texts, to unbelievable struggles for survival, to tales of life in the culinary trade.
It is impressively intersectional in its approach, talking about class and gender as well as reframing the conversation to be Britain-focused. The title alone is arresting, and can sort out those who judge a book by its cover from those willing to interrogate and investigate their own privilege. Sapiens has been highly praised by the gurus of Silicon Valley, and read by geeks whose culture usually centres on fantasy movies, computer games, etc — even though Harari himself is far from that world. His life seems austere and he avoids social media. Sapiens has widened the world view of millions of readers other whistorians cannot reach — and next month Harari may have three books simultaneously in the bestseller lists. Much as I loved this book I would never have guessed it would be a bestseller. There are puzzles you can try out on yourself, but there are also plenty of dense explanations of experimental design that few of us dare give when writing for a general audience.