The 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books

by Christopher Paul on June 19, 2011

The Guardian has been on a tear of late producing some fantastic articles, infographics, and lists. This 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books list is no exception.

I can’t say I’ve read them all but of the ones that are on the list, my favorites include (in the order they list them:

  • The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Critique of Pure Reason
  • On Liberty
  • “Thus Spake Zarathustra”
  • The Art of War
  • Leviathan
  • The Rights of Man
  • On the Origin of Species
  • A Brief History of Time
  • A Room of One’s Own

While they didn’t list it, I also have a personal affinity for Two Treatises of Government because it challenges much of what Thomas Hobbes thought about human nature – it being a grim man vs man perspective. It also introduces ideas that would influence Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson would later use some of Locke’s verse in The Declaration of Independence.

There are plenty of good books missing from the list. But if you only get to pick 100, what they came up with is a damn good one.

The 100 greatest non-fiction books – The Guardian

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