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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 : an experiment in literary investigation {Volume One, Parts I-II} by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Shock of the New by Robert HughesArt
The Story of Art by E. H. GombrichArt
Ways of Seeing by John BergerArt
The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio VasariBiography
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James BoswellBiography
The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel PepysBiography
Eminent Victorians by Lytton StracheyBiography
Goodbye to All That by Robert GravesBiography
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude SteinBiography
Notes On 'Camp' by Susan SontagCulture
Mythologies by Roland BarthesCulture
Orientalism by Edward W. SaidCulture
Silent Spring by Rachel CarsonEnvironment
The Revenge of Gaia by James LovelockEnvironment
The Histories by HerodotusHistory
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonHistory
The History of England from the Accession of James II, Complete by Thomas Babington MacaulayHistory
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah ArendtHistory
The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. ThompsonHistory
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownHistory
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs TerkelHistory
Shah of Shahs by Ryszard KapuścińskiHistory
The Age of Extremes, 1914-1991 by Eric HobsbawmHistory
Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 by Tony JudtHistory
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip GourevitchHistory
The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet MalcolmJournalism
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom WolfeJournalism
Dispatches by Michael HerrJournalism
The lives of the most eminent English poets : with critical observations on their works by Samuel JohnsonLiterature
An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness. by Chinua AchebeLiterature
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno BettelheimLiterature
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas HofstadterMathematics
The Confessions by Jean-Jacques RousseauMemoir
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave by Frederick DouglassMemoir
De Profundis by Oscar WildeMemoir
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T. E. LawrenceMemoir
An Autobiography: the Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) GandhiMemoir
Homage to Catalonia (Penguin Audiobooks - abridged) by George OrwellMemoir
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankMemoir
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited by Vladimir NabokovMemoir
The Man Died: The Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka by Wole SoyinkaMemoir
The Periodic Table by Primo LeviMemoir
Bad blood by Lorna SageMemoir
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund FreudMind
The Romantic Generation (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) by Charles RosenMusic
Symposium by PlatoPhilosophy
Meditations by Marcus AureliusPhilosophy
The Complete Essays by Michel de MontaignePhilosophy
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton49
Meditations on First Philosophy by René DescartesPhilosophy
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David HumePhilosophy
Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel KantPhilosophy
Phenomenology of Spirit by G. W. F. HegelPhilosophy
Walden by Henry David ThoreauPhilosophy
On Liberty by John Stuart MillPhilosophy
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich NietzschePhilosophy
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. KuhnPhilosophy
The Art of War by Sun TzuPolitics
The Prince by Niccolò MachiavelliPolitics
Leviathan by Thomas HobbesPolitics
The Rights of Man by Thomas PainePolitics
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary WollstonecraftPolitics
The Communist Manifesto by Karl MarxPolitics
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du BoisPolitics
The Second Sex by Simone de BeauvoirPolitics
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz FanonPolitics
The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhanPolitics
The Female Eunuch by Germaine GreerPolitics
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. HermanPolitics
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay ShirkyPolitics
The Golden Bough : A Study in Comparative Religion by James George FrazerReligion
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William JamesReligion
On the Origin of Species by Charles DarwinScience
The Character of Physical Law by Richard FeynmanScience
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. WatsonScience
The Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsScience
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen HawkingScience
The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de PizanSociety
In Praise of Folly by Desiderius ErasmusSociety
Letters on England by VoltaireSociety
Suicide by Emile DurkheimSociety
Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology (2 volume set) by Max WeberSociety
A Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfSociety
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James AgeeSociety
The Feminine Mystique by Betty FriedanSociety
In Cold Blood by Truman CapoteSociety
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan DidionSociety
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr SolzhenitsynSociety
Discipline and punish: the birth of the prison by Michel FoucaultSociety
News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel García MárquezSociety
The Travels of Ibn Battutah by Ibn BattutahTravel
The Innocents Abroad by Mark TwainTravel
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca WestTravel
Venice by Jan MorrisTravel
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh FermorTravel
Danube by Claudio MagrisTravel
China Along the Yellow River: Reflections on Rural Society by Cao JinqingTravel
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. SebaldTravel
Passage to Juneau by Jonathan RabanTravel
Letters to a Young Novelist by Mario Vargas LlosaWriting

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The 100 greatest non-fiction books.
[...]
Why should novelists and poets get all the acclaim? What about the facts? To celebrate truth-seekers of every stripe, we on the Guardian's books desk have spent a happy few days assembling a list of what we believe to be the greatest non-fiction books ever written, by anyone, ever. Ever!
[...] As you've doubtless gathered, this is a very left-leaning, liberal, limey kind of list. But this is the Guardian: what else would you expect?

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