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The Guardian's 100 Greatest Nonfiction Reads

If you're looking for a great read — a really great read — and enjoy non-fiction titles, May We Suggest these books from the Guardian's The 100 greatest non-fiction books:

The shock of the new by Robert Hughes

The story of art by E.H. Gombrich

The lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors, and architects by Giorgio Vasari; translated by Gaston du C. de Vere; edited, with an introduction and notes, by Philip Jacks

The life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell; edited and abridged with an introduction and notes by Christopher Hibbert

The diary of Samuel Pepys, M.A., F.R.S., Clerk of the Acts and Secretary to the Admiralty: Transcribed from the shorthand manuscript in the Pepysian Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge by Mynors Bright; with Lord Braybrooke's notes; edited with additions by Henry B. Wheatley. London, G. Bell, 1893-99

Eminent Victorians: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold, General Gordon by [by] Lytton Strachey

The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Orientalism by Edward W. Said

Silent spring by Rachel Carson; introduction by Linda Lear; afterword by Edward O. Wilson; [drawings by Lois and Louis Darling]

History of the Greek and Persian war by Herodotus

The decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon; the text edited by J.B. Bury, with the notes by Mr. Gibbon, the introduction and the index as prepared by professor Bury; with an introduction by Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin; illustrated from the etchings by Gian Battista Piranesi

The making of the English working class by E. P. Thompson

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee: an Indian history of the American West by Dee Brown

Hard times, an oral history of the Great Depression by Terkel, Studs, 1912-

Postwar: a history of Europe since 1945 by Tony Judt

The electric kool-aid acid test by Tom Wolfe

Dispatches by Michael Herr

The uses of enchantment: the meaning and importance of fairy tales by Bruno Bettelheim

Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

The confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau by translated and with introd. by J. M. Cohen

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass. & Incidents in the life of a slave girl / by Harriet Jacobs; introduction by Kwame Anthony Appiah; notes and biographical note by Joy Viveros

Seven pillars of wisdom: a triumph by T.E. Lawrence

An autobiography: the story of my experiments with truth by Mohandas K. Gandhi; translated from the original in Gujarati by Mahadev Desai; with a foreword by Sissela Bok

The diary of a young girl: the definitive edition by Anne Frank; edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler; translated by Susan Massotty

Speak, memory: an autobiography revisited by Vladimir Nabokov

Bad blood by Lorna Sage

The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud; translated by Joyce Crick; with an introduction and notes by Ritchie Robertson

Symposium by Plato; translated by Robin Waterfield

The emperor's handbook: a new translation of The meditations by Marcus Aurelius; C. Scot Hicks and David V. Hicks

Meditations on first philosophy: with selections from the Objections and Replies by René Descartes; translated and edited by John Cottingham; with an introductory essay by Bernard Williams and a new introduction for this edition by John Cottingham

Critique of pure reason by Immanuel Kant; with introduction by A. D. Lindsay; translated by J. M. D. Meiklejohn

Walden, or, Life in the woods: selections from the American classic by Henry David Thoreau

On liberty and utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Thus spoke Zarathustra: a book for all and none by translated and with a preface by Walter Kaufmann

The structure of scientific revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn

The art of war by Sun-tzu; translated by John Minford

The prince by Niccolo Machiavelli; with selections from the discourses; translated by Daniel Donno; edited and with an introduction by Daniel Donno

Common sense: The rights of man; and other essential writings of by Thomas Paine; with an introduction by Sidney Hook

The communist manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The souls of Black folk by W.E.B. Du Bois; introduction by David Levering Lewis

The second sex by Simone de Beauvoir; translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier; with an introduction by Judith Thurman

The medium is the massage: an inventory of effects by Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore; produced by Jerome Agel

Here comes everybody: how digital networks transform our ability to gather and cooperate by Clay Shirky

The golden bough [electronic resource] by James Frazer

The varieties of religious experience: a study in human nature, being the Gifford lectures on natural religion delivered at Edinburgh in 1901-1902 by William James; with a new introduction by Peter J. Gomes

On the origin of species: the illustrated edition by Charles Darwin; David Quammen, general editor

The double helix: a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA by James D. Watson; [introduction by Sylvia Nasar]

The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins

A brief history of time by Stephen Hawking

Suicide, a study in sociology: translated by John A. Spaulding and George Simpson. Edited, with an introd., by George Simpson by Durkheim, Emile, 1858-1917

A room of one's own by Virginia Woolf; foreword by Mary Gordon

The feminine mystique by Betty Friedan; introduction by Anna Quindlen

In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences by Truman Capote

We tell ourselves stories in order to live: collected nonfiction by Joan Didion; with an introduction by John Leonard

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: an experiment in literary investigation by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Discipline and punish: the birth of the prison by Michel Foucault; translated from the French by Alan Sheridan

News of a kidnapping by Gabriel García Márquez; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman

The innocents abroad by Mark Twain