Entertainment/Literature - Non-Fiction
Patterns of Culture (1934) – shows that a unique configuration of traits defines each human culture.
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture (1946) – is a study of Japan written at the invitation of the U.S. Office of War Information in order to understand and predict the behaviour of the Japanese.
The Mind of Primitive Man (1911) – takes a critical look at the concept of primitive culture.
Tristes Tropiques (1955) – documents his travels and anthropological work, focusing principally on Brazil.
Mythologiques – is a four-volume work of cultural anthropology. The first volume is The Raw and the Cooked (1964).
Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) – details the sexual life of teenagers on the Samoan island of Ta’u in the early 20th century.
Lewis H Morgan
Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family (1871) – is a foundation work for the discipline of anthropology and particularly for the study of human kinship
Leon Battista Alberti
On the Art of Building (1452) – published in ten books.
Ghastly Good Taste (1933) – first architectural work.
Alain de Botton
The Architecture of Happiness (2006).
Francis D. K. ‘Frank’ Ching
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order (1979) – is the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design.
A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method (1895) – is a standard reference work.
The True Principles of Pointed Architecture (1841).
I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture, 1570) – is an Italian treatise on architecture.
The Buildings of England (1951-1974) – is a 46-volume series of county-by-county guides.
De architectura (1st century BC) – is a treatise of ten books on architecture dedicated to his patron, the emperor Caesar Augustus as a guide for building projects. Published as Ten Books on Architecture.
Leon Battista Alberti
On Painting (1435) – is a groundbreaking Renaissance work on art theory.
Ways of Seeing (1972) – is an essay on art criticism. Adapted from a BBC television series.
The Story of Art (1950) – is an introduction to the visual arts. Over seven million copies have been sold, making it the best-selling art book of all time.
Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation (1960).
The Shock of the New: Art and the century of change (1980) – addresses the development of modern art since the Impressionists. Accompanied by a television series of the same name.
Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood (2014).
Modern Painters (1843-1860) – argues that recent painters emerging from the tradition of the picturesque are superior in the art of landscape to the old masters. The book was primarily written as a defense of the later work of Turner.
The Power of Art (2006) – examines works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko. Accompanied by a television series of the same name.
What Is Art? (1897) – argues that art is the intentional communication of feelings
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1550) – is also known as Lives of the Artists. Series of artist biographies. Arguably the single most important source of information for artists of the Italian Renaissance. First biography is of Cimabue.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (2018) – covers the rise and fall of Theranos.
Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It (2017).
The Road Ahead (1995).
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003) – is about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team.
Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street (1989) – describes Lewis's experiences as a bond salesman on Wall Street.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2010) – is about the build-up of the US housing bubble during the 2000s.
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (2014) – is an investigation into the phenomenon of high-frequency trading in the US financial market.
Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron (2004).
Fast Food Nation (2001) – examines the fast-food process in the US from meat to marketing.
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen
The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business (2013) – discusses the geopolitical implications of increasingly widespread Internet use and access to information.
Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987) – is credited to Donald Trump and journalist Tony Schwartz.
Jack: Straight from the Gut (2001).
William H. Whyte
The Organisation Man (1956) – is one of the most influential books on management ever written and has sold over two million copies.
Isabella Beeton known as Mrs Beeton
Book of Household Management – is an 1861 guide to running a household in Victorian Britain.
In Search of Perfection (2006).
The Fat Duck Cookbook (2008).
Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961).
A Book of Mediterranean Food (1950) – first book.
French Country Cooking (1951).
Summer Cooking (1955).
Great Dictionary of Cuisine (1873) – published posthumously.
Le Guide Culinaire (1903).
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Fizz Carr
The River Cottage Family Cookbook (2005).
The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1747).
How to Eat (1998).
How to Be a Domestic Goddess (2000).
Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (2017).
The Naked Chef (1999).
5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food (2017).
Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi (2010).
Jerusalem: A Cookbook (2012).
Baking Made Easy (2011).
Home Cooking Made Easy (2011).
Everyday Cook Book in Colour (1961).
How to Cheat at Cooking (1971) – first book.
One is Fun (1986).
Lean in 15 (2015/2016) – is a series of cookbooks with recipes for 15-minute meals.
On Crimes and Punishments (1764) condemned torture and the death penalty and was a founding work in the field of penology.
Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders (1974).
Mister Briggs’ Hat (2011) – an account of the first railway murder, in 1864.
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed (2002) – presents the theory that Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper and was followed up by Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert (2017).
McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld (2008).
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006) – is Grisham’s first non-fiction book. The book details the story of former minor league baseball aspirant 'Ron' Williamson of Oklahoma, where he was raised in the strict Pentecostal household of his parents.
Ten Rillington Place (1961) – re-examines the murder conviction of Timothy Evans
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House (2008) – is based on a real-life crime committed by Constance Kent and investigated by Jack Whicher.
The Devil’s Dictionary (1906) – consists of common words followed by humorous and satirical definitions.
William and Robert Chambers
Chamber’s English Dictionary (1872) – is now known as Chambers Dictionary.
A Dictionary of the English Language (1755).
A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (1937).
American Dictionary of English Language (1928) – “Webster's" has since become a genericized trademark in the United States for English dictionaries.
Oxford English Dictionary (1884) – traces the historical development of the English language.
Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone
Pinch of Nom (2019- ) – is a series of books of slimming recipes.
The Hip & Thigh Diet (1988).
The Dukan Diet (2000) – is a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet.
The F-Plan Diet (1982) – is a high-fibre diet.
The Beverly Hills Diet (1981).
Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (2005) – has been described as melding pop culture with economics.
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance (2009) – is a sequel to Freakonomics.
The Accumulation of Capital (1913) – argues that capitalism needs to constantly expand into non-capitalist areas in order to access new supply sources, markets for surplus value and reservoirs of labour.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013) – focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States.
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (2005).
The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity (2011).
The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions (1899) – presents the evolutionary development of the social and economic institutions of society, wherein technology and the industrial arts are the creative forces of economic production.
Scroogenomics (2009) – argues that purchasing gifts for other people is a terrible way to allocate resources.
The End of The Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat (2004).
Paul R. Ehrlich
The Population Bomb (1968) – predicted worldwide famine in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – raised awareness of global warming.
An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming (2008) – argues that the impact of man-made global warming has been exaggerated.
An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) – is based on an interpretation of the population increasing in geometric progression while food production increased in an arithmetic progression, which would leave a difference resulting in the want of food and famine, unless birth rates decreased.
Silent Spring (1962) – documents the detrimental effects on the environment – particularly on birds – of the indiscriminate use of pesticides.
E F Schumacher
Small is Beautiful (1973) – argues that small, appropriate technologies are a superior alternative to the mainstream ethos of "bigger is better".
The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency (1976) – is a practical handbook which draws on the author's personal experiences of husbandry and rural life.
Henry David Thoreau
Walden, first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854) – documents Walden’s two-year independent living project on Walden Pond, which spanned from 1845 to 1847. He illuminates his desire to live a solitary, simple life outside of civilization.
Culture and Anarchy (1869) – is a series of essays. According to Arnold “Culture is a study of perfection”.
Notes of a Native Son (1955) – is a collection of ten essays, mostly tackling issues of race in America and Europe.
The Hedgehog and the Fox (1953) – divides writers and thinkers into two categories: hedgehogs, who view the world through the lens of a single defining idea, and foxes, who draw on a wide variety of experiences and for whom the world cannot be boiled down to a single idea.
The Rebel (1951) – treats both the metaphysical and the historical development of rebellion and revolution in societies, especially Western Europe.
Slouching towards Bethlehem (1968) – is a collection of essays that describes her experiences in California during the 1960s. It takes its title from the poem The Second Coming by W. B. Yeats.
Songbook (published in the United Kingdom as 31 Songs) (2003) – is a collection of 26 essays about songs and the particular emotional resonance they carry for him.
Essays of Elia (1823) – is a collection of essays.
The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950) – is predominantly concerned with the theme of Mexican identity.
A Modest Proposal (1729) – is a satirical essay written and published anonymously. Swift suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies.
Henry David Thoreau
Civil Disobedience (1849) – argues that governments are typically more harmful than helpful. Motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War.
Letters Concerning the English Nation (1734) – is based on his experiences living in Great Britain between 1726 and 1729.
The Critic as Artist (1891) – is a statement of Wilde’s aesthetic philosophy.
Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (1970) – are essays that look at the conflict between black rage and white guilt.
A Room of One's Own (1929) – is an extended essay. Includes the famous dictum, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”.
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (2019).
Women, Race and Class (1981) – applies Marxist analysis to the relation of class and race to capitalism in America
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017) – explores the links between gender, class and race in Britain and other countries.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Women Who Run with the Wolves (1992) – explores the themes of the Wild Woman archetype, the forces that stand in the way of female self-awareness, and the necessary growth cycles of life, death, and rebirth.
The Feminine Mystique (1963) – describes the assumptions that women would be fulfilled from their housework, marriage, sexual lives, and children.
The Female Eunuch (1970) – argues that the "traditional" suburban, consumerist, nuclear family represses women sexually.
bell hooks – pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins
Ain't I a Woman?: Black women and feminism (1981) – is titled after Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. hooks examines the effect of racism and sexism on Black women, the civil rights movement, and feminist movements from suffrage to the 1970s.
Sexual Politics (1970) – analyses the subjugation of women in prominent art and literature in the 20th century.
Fat is a Feminist Issue (1978) – analyses the psychology of dieting and over-eating in women.
Lean In – Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013) – encourages women to assert themselves at work and at home.
Christina Hoff Sommers
Who Stole Feminism? (1994) – contends that equity feminists seek equal legal rights for women and men, while gender feminists seek to counteract historical inequalities based on gender.
The Beauty Myth (1991) – argues that as the social power and prominence of women have increased, the pressure they feel to adhere to unrealistic social standards of physical beauty has also grown stronger because of commercial influences on the mass media.
Vagina: A New Biography (2012).
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) – focuses on women's rights, arguing that women should be allowed to have the same educational opportunities as men
Guides and Manuals
Scouting for Boys – has been published in various editions since 1908. Early editions were written and illustrated by Robert Baden-Powell with later editions being extensively rewritten by others.
The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks – is a 1948 book about cocktails by David A. Embury.
Married Love (1918) – by Marie Stopes was one of the first books openly to discuss birth control.
The Joy of Sex – is an illustrated sex manual by Alex Comfort.
Shell Guides were a series of guidebooks on the counties of Britain that were aimed at motorists. The series started in June 1934, with John Betjeman's Cornwall, and continued until 1984.
Baedeker Guides are travel guidebooks published by the Karl Baedeker firm of Germany beginning in the 1830s. The guides were used to select English cities as targets for bombing by the Luftwaffe in 1942.
Rough Guides travel titles cover more than 200 destinations beginning with the 1982 Rough Guide to Greece.
Lonely Planet was founded in Australia in 1973 by Tony and Maureen Wheeler. First book – Across Asia on the Cheap.
Fodor’s was founded in the US by Eugene Fodor in 1949. The guidebooks have a distinctive orange colour.
Frommer’s was founded by Arthur Frommer in 1957. First book – Europe on $5 a Day.
London: The Biography (2000).
The History of England – multi-volume v.1 Foundation (2011); v.2 Tudors (2012); v.3 Civil War (2014); v.4 Revolution (2016); v.5 Dominion (2018) and v.6 Innovation (2021).
Gulag: A History (2003).
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 (2012).
Bede (also known as The Venerable Bede)
Ecclesiastical History of the English People (c. 731) – is the first comprehensive history of the early English Christian church as well as English secular life.
Berlin: The Downfall 1945 (2002).
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (2009).
The Second World War (2012).
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (3 volumes) (1949-1966) – focuses on the second half of the sixteenth century but ranges back in history to the world of Odysseus and forward to the present day.
Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century (3 volumes) (1967-1979) – is a broad-scale history of the pre-industrial modern world.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) – is a history of Native Americans in the American West in the late 19th century. The title is taken from the final phrase of a poem titled American Names by Stephen Vincent Benet.
The French Revolution: A History (1837) – charts the course of the French Revolution from 1789 to the height of the Reign of Terror and culminates in 1795.
A History of Soviet Russia (1950-1978) – is a 14-volume history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1929 which Carr later distilled into the single volume The Russian Revolution: from Lenin to Stalin, 1917-1929 (1979).
What is History? (1961) – a key text in the field of historiography.
Army of the Potomac trilogy - Mr. Lincoln's Army (1951); Glory Road (1952); and A Stillness at Appomattox (1953).
Centennial History of the Civil War trilogy - The Coming Fury (1961); Terrible Swift Sword (1963); and Never Call Retreat (1965).
Ulysses S. Grant trilogy - Grant Moves South (1960); Grant Takes Command (1969) – completed a trilogy which started with Lloyd Lewis's Captain Sam Grant (1950).
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1956-1958) – covers the period from Caesar's invasions of Britain (55 BC) to the end of the Second Boer War (1902).
The Last Mughal, The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 (2006) – tells the story of Bahadur Shar Zafar.
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan (2012) – is the story of the first Afghan war of 1839–42.
Bernal Diaz del Castillo
The Conquest of New Spain (1568) – is a chronicle of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire, and also an eyewitness account of one of the most important military campaigns in military history.
Robert M. Edsel
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (2007) – a feature film based on the book was released in 2014.
The World of Odysseus (1954)
The Ancient Economy (1973) – concerns the economic system of classical antiquity
The Civil War: A Narrative (1958-1974) – is a three volume, 2,968-page history of the American Civil War - Fort Sumter to Perryville (1958), Fredericksburg to Meridian (1963), and Red River to Appomattox (1974).
Actes and Monuments (1563), popularly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs – is a work of Protestant history and martyrology.
Stasiland: Stories from behind the Berlin Wall (2003) – concerns individuals who resisted the East German regime, and others who worked for its secret police, the Stasi.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
The History of the Kings of Britain (c. 1136) – chronicles the lives of the kings of the Britons over the course of two thousand years. It contains the earliest known version of the story of King Lear and his three daughters, and helped popularize the legend of King Arthur.
Gerald of Wales
Journey through Wales (c. 1191) – was written in Latin.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776) – is a six-volume work that covers the history, from 98 to 1590, of the Roman Empire, the history of early Christianity and then of the Roman State Church, and the history of Europe.
America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011).
All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 (2011).
Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy (2018).
Behemoth (1681). Full title: Behemoth: the history of the causes of the civil wars of England, and of the counsels and artifices by which they were carried on from the year 1640 to the year 1660. Also known as The Long Parliament.
The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848 (1962) – first in a trilogy of books about "the long 19th century" (1789-1914).
The Age of Capital: 1848-1875 (1975).
The Age of Empire: 1875–1914 (1987).
The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914–1991 (1994).
The War in the West - A New History – 2 volumes (to date) - Volume 1: Germany Ascendant 1939-1941 (2015); Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43 (2017).
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic (2003).
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West (2005).
Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom (2008).
In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World (2012) – about the rise of Islam.
Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar (2015) - covers the reigns of the first five Roman emperors, from Augustus to Nero.
The Fatal Shore (1986) – is a history of the early years of British colonisation of Australia.
The Destruction of Dresden (1963).
Hitler's War (1977).
Uprising! (1981) – is about the 1956 revolt in Hungary.
Churchill's War (1987).
Goebbels – Mastermind of the Third Reich (1996).
The Black Jacobins (1938) – is a history of the Haitian Revolution of 1791–1804. Focuses on the leadership of Toussaint L'Ouverture.
The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich (1987).
Hitler 1889–1936: Hubris (1998).
Hitler 1936–1945: Nemesis (2000).
The End: Hitler’s Germany 1944-45 (2011).
To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914–1949 (2015)
Robin Lane Fox
Alexander the Great (1973).
The Search for Alexander (1981).
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988) – is a Pulitzer Prize-winning work on the American Civil War.
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay
The History of England from the Accession of James the Second (1848) – is the full title of the five-volume work also known as The History of England. Covers the period from 1685 to 1702.
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy (2007) – tells the story of British World War II double agent Eddie Chapman.
Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II. (2010) – covers the successful British deception operation to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War (2018) – focuses on Oleg Gordievsky, who was a KGB agent but was also secretly spying for the British intelligence service in the 1970s and 1980s.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2003).
Jerusalem: The Biography (2011).
The Romanovs 1613-1918 (2016).
The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places (2018).
The Story of the World in 100 Moments (2021).
Fire and Sword Trilogy – concerns the fall of the clan system in Scotland. Culloden (1961) chronicles the defeat of the clans in one pivotal battle. The two other works are The Highland Clearances (1963) and Glencoe (1966).
The History of the World (1614).
The Discovery of Guiana (1596).
The Stolen Generations (1981) – refers to children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian and State government agencies and church missions.
Ten Days that Shook the World (1919) – concerns the October Revolution in Russia in 1917 which Reed experienced firsthand.
A History of the Crusades (1951-54) – is a three-volume work in the historiography of the Crusades. Vol 1 The First Crusade and the Foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (1951); Vol 2 The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187 (1952) and Vol 3 The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades (1954).
The Longest Day (1959) – tells the story of D-Day, 6 June 1944.
A Bridge Too Far (1974) – tells the story of Operation Market Garden in 1944.
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)
The Rise of the Russian Empire (1900).
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989).
A History of Britain – a three-volume work written to accompany a series of BBC documentaries. At the Edge of the World?: 3000 BC–AD 1603 (2000); The British Wars: 1603–1776 (2001) and The Fate of Empire: 1776–2001 (2002).
W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman
1066 and All That (1930) – is a parody of the style of history teaching in English schools at the time.
William L. Shirer
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (1960).
The Gulag Archipelago (1973) – describes the Gulag system in place in the Soviet Union in the middle of the 20th century. The book was not published in the Soviet Union. Solzhenitsyn was arrested and charged with treason in 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union.
The Decline of the West (1918) – theorises that all civilisations go through an inevitable cycle of ages of rise and decline in power, with the West currently entering its declining period.
Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII (2003).
The Monarchy of England: The Beginnings (2004).
Monarchy: From the Middle Ages to Modernity (2006).
Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the Charter (2015).
A. J. P. Taylor
The Origins of the Second World War (1961) – controversially argues that Hitler did not set out to cause World War II as part of an evil master plan, but blundered into it partly by accident, aided by the shortcomings of others.
English History 1914–1945 (Volume XV of the Oxford History of England) (1965) – examines the social and cultural history of England.
The Good War: An Oral History of World War II (1984) – consists of a series of interviews with various men and women who directly experienced the events leading up to, including, and following World War II.
The Making of the English Working Class (1963) – concentrates on English artisan and working-class society from 1780 to 1832.
G. M. Trevelyan
Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic (1907).
Garibaldi and the Thousand (1909).
Garibaldi and the Making of Italy (1911).
History of England (1926).
The English Revolution, 1688–1689 (1938).
English Social History: A Survey of Six Centuries: Chaucer to Queen Victoria (1942).
Arnold J. Toynbee
A Study of History – is a 12-volume universal history published from 1934 to 1961.
The Last Days of Hitler (1947) – emerged from his assignment as a British intelligence officer in 1945 to discover what happened in the last days of Hitler's bunker.
Barbara W. Tuchman
The Guns of August (1962) – is centred on the first month of World War I.
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890–1914 (1966).
Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 (1972) – covers the life of Joseph Stilwell, the military attache to China from 1935 to 1939 and commander of United States forces and allied chief of staff to Chiang Kai-shek from 1942 to 1944.
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century (1978) discusses how the calamitous events of the 20th century might be mirrored by those of the 14th century.
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (1984) – examines possible ‘government folly’ in pursuing policies against their own interests.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1991).
Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England (1999).
Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England (2005).
To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940) – a history of revolutionary thought and socialism from 1789 to 1917.
A History of the American People (1901-02) – was published in five volumes.
Karl August Wittfogel
Oriental Despotism: A Comparative Study of Total Power (1957) – asserts that Oriental “hydraulic civilizations”, that maintain control over the population by means of controlling the supply of water, are essentially different from those of the Western world.
A People's History of the United States (1980) – portrays a side of American history that can largely be seen as the exploitation and manipulation of the majority by rigged systems that hugely favour a small aggregate of elite rulers.
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
All the President’s Men (1974) – concerns the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post.
Dispatches (1977) – describes the author's experiences in Vietnam as a war correspondent for Esquire magazine.
The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) – includes the first use of the term “global village”.
The Medium is the Massage (1967) – is a play on the phrase “The medium is the message”.
How the Other Half Lives (1890) – is an early publication of photojournalism, documenting squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s.
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004) – concerns the U.S. Army's exploration of New Age concepts and the potential military applications of the paranormal.
Hunter S. Thompson
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1967).
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 – analyzes the 1972 presidential campaign in which Richard Nixon was re-elected President.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) – chronicles the adventures of Ken Kesey and his group of followers known as the Merry Pranksters. Acid Tests are parties with LSD-laced Kool-Aid.
The Right Stuff (1977) – contrasts the "Mercury Seven" astronauts and their families with other test pilots such as Chuck Yeager.
Henry Watson Fowler and Francis George Fowler
The King's English (1906) – covers English usage and grammar.
Henry Watson Fowler
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926) – is a style guide to the English language.
The Complete Plain Words (1954) – is a style guide.
Lost for Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language (2004).
William Strunk and E. B. White
The Elements of Style (1959) – is a revision of Stunk’s original 1918 book.
Lesley and Roy Adkins
The Keys of Egypt (2000) - an account of Champollion's successful deciphering of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages (1994) – is a survey of the major literary works of Europe and the Americas since the 14th century.
The Decipherment of Linear B (1958) – the story of the decipherment of the ancient Minoan script by Chadwick and Michael Ventris.
The Ode Less Travelled (2005) – is a book about writing poetry.
The Great War and Modern Memory (1975) – is a cultural and literary analysis of the impact of World War I on the development of modern literature.
Cyrus H. Gordon
Forgotten Scripts: the Story of their Decipherment (1968).
The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (2007) – the story of the stone’s discovery and the subsequent decipherment of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs by Thomas Young and Jean-Francois Champollion.
The Defence of Poesy (1595) – addresses general objections to poetry.
The Canon of Medicine (1025) – set the standards for medicine in Medieval Europe and the Islamic world.
Gray's Anatomy (1858) – is a standard reference book of human anatomy.
Observationes Medicae (1676) – was a standard textbook of medicine for two centuries.
How Music Works (2012).
Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1878).
The Complete Opera Book (1919).
The Art of Noises (1913) – is a Futurist manifesto. One of the most influential texts in 20th century musical aesthetics.
John James Audubon
The Birds of America (1827) – consists of 435 hand-coloured, life-size prints, made from engraved plates. First plate is a wild turkey. Printed in Double Elephant Folio.
History of British Birds – was published in two volumes. Volume 1, Land Birds (1797). Volume 2, Water Birds (1804). The book is admired mainly for the wood-engravings.
Field Guide to the Birds of the West Indies (1936) – was owned by novelist Ian Fleming, who used the ornithologist's name for his own fictional British secret agent character.
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (1977) – was the posthumous publication of Holden’s Nature Notes for 1906.
William Keble Martin
The Concise British Flora in Colour (1965).
The Natural History of Selborne (1789) – contains observations made by White in the Hampshire village of Selborne.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate (2015) – explains the processes of life, death, and regeneration that occur in trees.
Alain de Botton
The Consolations of Philosophy (2000).
Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
The Art of Happiness (1998) – Howard Cutler, a psychiatrist poses questions to the 14th Dalai Lama.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Communist Manifesto (1848) – presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and then-present) and the conflicts of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production
Das Kapital (Capital: A Critique of Political Economy) consists of 3 volumes: Capital (1867), Capital: The Process of Circulation of Capital (1885) and Capital: The Process of Capitalist Production (1894). Marx died in 1883 and the second and third volumes were prepared by Friedrich Engels from Marx’s notes. Marx expounds his theory of the capitalist system, its dynamism, and its tendencies toward self-destruction. He described his purpose as to lay bare “the economic law of motion of modern society”.
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2007) – refers to a large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare event beyond the realm of normal expectations.
The Way of Zen (1957) – played a major role in introducing Buddhism to a mostly young, Western audience.
The Outsider (1956) – examines the role of the social "outsider" in seminal works by various key literary and cultural figures. The book helped popularise existentialism in Britain.
The English Constitution (1867) – explores the constitution of the United Kingdom, specifically the functioning of Parliament and the British monarchy.
It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us (1996) – presents Clinton’s vision for the children of America.
Rural Rides (1830) – collects together the articles published in his Political Register between 1822 and 1826, reflecting conditions of farmers and labourers in the English countryside, together with his views on the necessary actions for remedy and the shortcomings of government. London is described as ‘The Great Wen’.
The Future of Socialism (1956) – argues for prioritising the end of poverty and improving public services.
Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea (2009) – is based on interviews with refugees from the city of Chongjin who had escaped North Korea.
The Vindication of the English Constitution (1835).
The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845) – argues that the Industrial Revolution made workers worse off.
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (2018).
Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy (2020).
The Green Book (1975) – sets out the political philosophy of Gaddafi.
The Conscience of a Conservative (1960) – is a statement of politically and economically American conservative ideas which were to gain influence during the following decades.
Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order (2003) – addresses philosophical disparities between Europe's steadfast aim toward a negotiated paradise of perpetual peace and America's conviction of the continuing necessity for military power.
On China (2011) – focuses on Chinese history through foreign policy considerations.
The Spirit of Law (1748) – is a treatise on political theory, as well as a pioneering work in comparative law, first published anonymously. The book influenced the Founding Fathers of the United States in drafting the U.S. Constitution.
P. J. O’Rourke
How The Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016 (2017).
Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2003).
Fear: Trump in the White House (2018).
A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790) – is a political pamphlet which attacks aristocracy and advocates republicanism. Written as a response to the publication of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018).
Siege: Trump Under Fire (2019).
Man's Search for Meaning (1946) – chronicles his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describes his psychotherapeutic method known as logotherapy.
Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) – describes two different ways the brain forms thoughts: System 1 (fast), and System 2 (slow).
The Ghost in the Machine (1967) – argues that the personal experience of duality arises from what Koestler calls a ‘holon’, something that is simultaneously a whole in and of itself, as well as a part of a larger whole.
The Principles of Psychology (1890) – was a hugely influential textbook on psychology.
Roget’s Thesaurus was created in 1805 by Peter Mark Roget. It was released to the public in 1852. The most recent edition (the eighth) contains 443,000 words.
Encyclopedia Britannica was first published between 1768 and 1771 in Edinburgh, as three volumes. The 2010 version of the 15th edition, which spans 32 volumes, was the last printed edition.
Whitaker’s Almanac was originally published by J Whitaker & Sons from 1868 to 1997.
Crockford’s Clerical Directory is the authoritative directory of Anglican clergy and churches in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was first issued in 1858 by John Crockford.
Debrett’s was founded by John Debrett in 1769. Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage is the only up-to-date printed reference guide to the United Kingdom's titled families.
Guinness Book of Records was founded in 1955 by Norris and Ross McWhirter. It has been known as Guinness World Records since 1999.
A to Z of Almost Everything: A Compendium of General Knowledge by Trevor Montague is currently on the eighth edition.
The Cambridge Ancient History – covers prehistory-600 in 15 volumes (19 books)
The Cambridge Medieval History – covers 300-1500 in 8 volumes
The New Cambridge Medieval History – covers 500-1500 in 7 volumes
The New Cambridge Modern History – covers 1493-1945 in 14 volumes
The Oxford History of England – covers Roman Britain-1945 in 15 volumes (16 books)
The New Oxford History of England – covers 1075-1990 in 11 volumes
The Book of the Law (1909) – sacred central text of Thelema.
James George Frazer
The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion – is a wide-ranging, comparative study of mythology and religion. Originally published in 2 volumes in 1890. Expanded to 12 volumes by 1915.
Thomas a Kempis
The Imitation of Christ (c. 1418) – is a Christian devotional book.
This is My God (1959) – is an explanation of Judaism from a Modern Orthodox perspective, written for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
De re metallica (1556) – the state of the art of mining, refining, and smelting metals.
The Ascent of Man (1973) – traces the development of human society through its understanding of science. Adapted from a BBC television series.
A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) – explains some areas of science, using easily accessible language.
The Game of Logic (1886) – describes the use of a board game to represent logical propositions and inferences.
Symbolic Logic (1897).
Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844) – is a work of speculative natural history and philosophy published anonymously. It was so controversial that his authorship was not acknowledged until after his death.
Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You: A Guide to the Universe (2007)
We Need to Talk About Kelvin (2009).
The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that explains everything (2017).
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (2014).
Historiae animalium – is a 4,500-page encyclopaedia of animals that was published in five volumes between 1551 and 1587. It was the first modern zoological work that attempts to describe all the animals known.
Chaos: Making a New Science (1987) – was one of the first books describing chaos theory.
Time Travel: A History (2016) – covers the origin of the idea of time travel and of its usage in literature.
Bad Science (2008) – is a critique of irrationality and certain forms of alternative medicine.
Bad Pharma (2012) – is an examination of the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship with the medical profession.
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (1999).
In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality (1984).
Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life, and Everything (1999).
The Universe: A Biography (2007).
Physics of the Impossible (2008) – discusses speculative technologies to introduce topics of fundamental physics.
Physics of the Future (2011) – discusses possible future technological development over the next 100 years.
The Future of the Mind (2014) – discusses various possibilities of advanced technology that can alter the brain and mind.
The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything (2021) – explores the history of unification theories of physics.
Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male (1948).
Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female (1953).
Darwin’s Finches (1947) – describes the finches of the Galapagos Islands.
The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? (1993) – Lederman explains in the book why he gave the Higgs boson the nickname "The God Particle".
William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson
Human Sexual Response (1966).
Brian May, Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott
Bang! The History of the Universe (2006).
A Guide to the Moon (1953) – debut book.
Eugene Odum and Howard Odum
Fundamentals of Ecology (1953).
On Divine Proportions (1509) – concerns mathematical proportions and their applications to geometry, to visual art through perspective, and to architecture. Illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci.
Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth (1802).
The Cloudspotter’s Guide (2006).
The Wavewatcher’s Companion (2010).
Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome (2018) – concerns the structure and function of ribosomes.
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (2015) – has sold over a million copies worldwide.
Reality is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity (2016).
The Order of Time (2018).
Fermat’s Last Theorem (1997) – tells the story of the search for a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, first conjectured by Pierre de Fermat in 1637, and not solved until 1995 by Andrew Wiles.
Longitude (1995) – tells the story of John Harrison, an 18th century clockmaker who created the first chronometer sufficiently accurate to be used to determine longitude at sea.
Principles of Biology (1864) – includes the first use of the expression “survival of the fittest”.
The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe (1977) – attempts to explain the early stages of the universe after the Big Bang.
Anatomy of the Brain (1664) – coined the term ‘neurology’.
Helen Gurley Brown
Sex and the Single Girl (1962) – is an advice book that encourages women to become financially independent and experience sexual relationships before or without marriage.
David D. Burns
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980) – popularized cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
The Feeling Good Handbook (1989).
How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936).
Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) – presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals. The book has sold over 40 million copies.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (1992) – states that most common relationship problems between men and women are a result of fundamental psychological differences between the sexes.
The 48 Laws of Power (1998) – details the laws for attaining power in life, business, and more, and gives historical examples of each law in practice. The book is popular with prison inmates and celebrities.
Think and Grow Rich (1937).
Who moved My Cheese? (1998) – describes the way one reacts to major change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to those changes by two mice and two "Littlepeople", during their hunt for “cheese”.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k (2015) – is a parody of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (2011) – one of the main principles is keeping only possessions which "spark joy".
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (2016) – argues that life's struggles give it meaning, and that the mindless positivity of typical self-help books is neither practical nor helpful
I Can Make you Thin (2005).
I Can Make you Rich (2007).
I Can Make you Happy (2011).
M. Scott Peck
The Road Less Travelled (1978) – is a description of the attributes that make for a fulfilled human being. First line: “life is difficult”.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018).
Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life (2021).
Self-Help (1859) – has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism".
The Power of Now (1997) – is based on the message that living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (2005) – calls on us to transform our consciousness to a more awakened state, in order to create a better world.
The Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous) (1939) – describes how to recover from alcoholism. It is the originator of the "twelve-step method" widely used to treat many addictions.
The Little Book of Calm (1997) – is aimed at counteracting stress.
The Uses of Literacy (1957) – a key influence in the history of English and media studies and in the founding of cultural studies.
Robert K. Merton
Social Theory and Social Structure (1949) – is one of the most frequently cited texts in social sciences.
C. Wright Mills
The Power Elite (1956) – describes the relationships and class alliances among the US political, military, and economic elites.
The McDonaldization of Society (1993) – describes the process where a society adopts the characteristics of a fast-food restaurant.
Poverty, A Study of Town Life (1901) – details his investigation of poverty in York.
Orientalism (1978) – establishes the eponymous term "Orientalism" as a critical concept to describe the West's commonly contemptuous depiction and portrayal of "The East".
Culture and Imperialism (1993) – expands the arguments of Orientalism.
The Philosophy of Money (1900) – is a book on economic sociology that views money as a structuring agent that helps people understand the totality of life.
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack – was founded by John Wisden in 1864. Its annual publication has continued uninterrupted to the present day, making it the longest running sports annual in history.
A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African American Athlete (1993).
The Complete Book of Running (1977) – is the book that launched the jogging craze.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001) – is a biography of the Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit.
Snooker Billiards and Pool (1974).
The Complete Book of the Olympics (1984).
The Compleat Angler (1653).
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (1993).
Book of Common Prayer (1549).
C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity (1952).
Natural Theology or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity (1802) – includes the watchmaker analogy, that a design implies a designer.
The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson (1785)
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989).
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe (1992).
Notes from a Small Island (1996) – describes Bryson’s travels around Great Britain.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1998).
Down Under (2000) – describes Bryson’s travels in Australia.
The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island (2015).
The Road to Oxiana (1937) – documents Byron's travels around Persia and Afghanistan in 1933-34.
In Patagonia (1977).
Sakhalin Island (1893) – consists of "travel notes" written after Chekhov's trip to the island of Sakhalin in 1890.
A Tour thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724).
Seven Years in Tibet (1952) – is based on his real-life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951.
Green Hills of Africa (1935) – is an account of a month on safari he and his wife took in East Africa.
Travels in West Africa (1897).
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle (1965) – describes an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
V. S. Naipaul
Among the Believers (1981) – describes a six-month journey across the Asian continent after the Iranian Revolution.
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958) – is an autobiographical account of his adventures in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan.
J. B. Priestley
English Journey (1934).
Travels with Charley (1960) – depicts a road trip around the United States made by Steinbeck, in the company of his poodle Charley.
Robert Louis Stevenson
An Inland Voyage (1878) – concerns a canoeing trip through France and Belgium. It is Stevenson's earliest book.
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) – depicts a 12-day solo hiking journey through the sparsely populated Cevennes mountains in France. It was one of the first books to present hiking and camping as recreational activities. The donkey is called Modestine.
The Great Railway Bazaar (1975) – describes a train journey through Europe to Japan and back again.
The Old Patagonian Express (1979) – is an account of a train journey from Boston to Patagonia.
The Kingdom by the Sea (1983) – describes a journey around Great Britain.
Riding the Iron Rooster (1988) – describes a train journey through China.
Dark Star Safari (2002) – is an account of a journey from Cairo to Cape Town.
Frances Milton Trollope
Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832) – created a sensation, as Trollope had a caustic view of the Americans and found America strongly lacking in manners and learning.
A Tramp Abroad (1880) – details a journey through central and southern Europe.
Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells – was published between 1955 and 1966 and has become the standard reference work to 214 of the fells of the English Lake District.
A Coast to Coast Walk (1973) – from St Bees on the West Coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the East Coast.
When the Going Was Good (1946) – is an anthology of travel books.
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941) – is an account of Balkan history and ethnography during West's six-week trip to Yugoslavia in 1937.
The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 (2009).
Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village (1969) – is an account of agricultural life in Suffolk from the turn of the century to the 1960s.
Alain de Botton
Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (2012) – argues that while supernatural claims made by religion are false, some aspects of religion are still useful and can be applied in secular life and society.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) – though presented as a medical text, the book uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) – is a work of comparative mythology. Introduced the term monomyth, or “hero’s journey”.
The Book of the Courtier (1528) – is a courtesy book dealing with questions of the etiquette and morality of the courtier.
The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director (1754) – is a book of his designs.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011) – describes the strict parenting regimes of Chinese mothers.
Civilisation (1969) – outlines the history of Western art, architecture and philosophy. Adapted from a BBC television series.
Guns, Germs and Steel (1997) – argues that civilization is not created out of superior intelligence, but is the result of a chain of developments, each made possible by certain preconditions.
Law’s Empire (1986) – describes Dworkin’s theory of law as integrity.
Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983).
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (2011) – in 2006, Foer won the USA Memory Championship.
Thomas L. Friedman
The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (1999) – introduces the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention, that states "No two countries that both had McDonald's had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald's".
Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011) – claims that debt and credit historically appeared before money, which itself appeared before barter.
Bullshit Jobs (2018) – contends that over half of societal work is pointless. He describes five types of meaningless jobs: flunkies, goons, duct tapers, box tickers, and taskmasters.
Freedom of the Seas (1609) – formulated the view that the sea was international territory, and all nations were free to use it for seafaring trade.
On the Law of War and Peace (1625) – is a foundational work in international law.
The Principall Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoueries of the English Nation (1589) – promoted colonisation by England in the New World.
Yuval Noah Harari
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014) – surveys the history of humankind, starting from the Stone Age.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016) – describes mankind's current abilities and achievements and attempts to paint an image of the future.
The White Spider (1959) – is the story of the first ascent of the north face of the Eiger.
Death in the Afternoon (1932) – concerns the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting
The Dangerous Summer – describes the real-life bullfighting rivalry that took place in 1959 between legendary bullfighters Luis Miguel Dominguin and his brother-in-law Antonio Ordonez. Published posthumously in 1985.
Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
The Bell Curve (1994) – argues that human intelligence is substantially influenced by both inherited and environmental factors. The book is highly controversial as the authors discussed purported connections between race and intelligence.
Annapurna: First Conquest of an 8000-meter Peak (1951).
Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (2010).
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007) – makes a case against organised religion.
Phillip E. Johnson
Darwin on Trial (1991) – disputes tenets of science and evolution and promotes creationism. It has become a central text of the intelligent design movement.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Gift from the Sea (1955) – is a book for women about how to flourish in life, how to balance life, work, motherhood; about finding space to think and breathe.
Of a Fire on the Moon (1971) – is a documentary and reflection on the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Areopagitica (1644) – is a treatise condemning censorship.
Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! (2001) – criticises late 20th century US politics.
Unsafe at Any Speed (1965) – is a study that revealed that many American automobiles were unsafe, especially the Chevrolet Corvair.
The Hidden Persuaders (1957) – explored advertisers' use of consumer motivational research and other psychological techniques, including depth psychology and subliminal tactics, to manipulate expectations and induce desire for products.
Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy (2018).
A Slip of the Keyboard (2014) – brings together the best of Pratchett’s nonfiction writing on his life, on his work, and on the weirdness of the world.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972).
Geography in Relation to Nature and the History of Mankind – is a 19-volume work written between 1816 and 1859. One of the most extensive works of geographical literature written by a single author.
The Bookseller of Kabul (2002) – follows a family in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.
George Bernard Shaw
The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928). First Pelican book, published in 1937.
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946).
The Wisdom of Crowds (2004).
Three Women (2019) – covers the sexual and emotional lives of three women from different backgrounds and regions of the United States.
Saint Teresa of Avila
The Way of Perfection (1566) – is a book of spiritual instruction for her nuns.
Worlds in Collision (1950) – postulates that around the 15th century BC, Venus was ejected from Jupiter as a comet-like object and passed near Earth. The object allegedly changed Earth's orbit and axis, causing innumerable catastrophes that are mentioned in early mythologies and religions from around the world.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well (2016).