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Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books

Type: Preset list created by peach3009

Members: 7 participating members (show all)

All members' listSort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
6,125 members, 63 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: deldevries (1), aulsmith (4), peach3009 (69), spiphany

Score: 12.22

Explanations:

aulsmith (4): But read it carefully. It's not as post-modern as some people think

2
9,188 members, 124 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Kristelh (1), Bretzky1 (2), peach3009 (4)

Score: 10.19

3
16,370 members, 171 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Bretzky1 (1), Kristelh (2), deldevries (2), peach3009 (21)

Thumbs down: aulsmith, spiphany

Score: 8.6

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): There was much in this book to like, but I've found other books on writing just as helpful, if not more so.

4
1,164 members, 14 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), kara.shamy (4), peach3009 (19)

Score: 7.78

5
3,840 members, 48 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Kristelh (4), kara.shamy (5), peach3009 (31)

Score: 7.2

6
18,196 members, 378 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Kristelh (3), deldevries (5), peach3009 (96)

Score: 6.99

7
366 members, 6 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (12), spiphany

Score: 6.15

8
523 members, 4 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), peach3009 (17)

Score: 5.97

Explanations:

aulsmith (1): Berlin is great, never satisfied with easy answers (or some times any answer)

9
292 members, 0 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (2), peach3009 (6)

Score: 5.92

10
1,794 members, 28 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2), peach3009 (14)

Score: 5.43

11
2,609 members, 25 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (3), deldevries (8)

Score: 5.42

12
1,054 members, 10 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), peach3009 (73)

Score: 5.37

13
4,806 members, 88 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (3), peach3009 (16)

Score: 5.04

14
1,640 members, 12 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: deldevries (3), peach3009 (54)

Score: 4.52

15
4,176 members, 71 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: deldevries (4), peach3009 (89)

Score: 4.13

16
4,048 members, 79 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: Kristelh (5), peach3009 (58)

Score: 4.12

17
2,217 members, 32 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (1)

Score: 4

18
2,414 members, 67 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (7), peach3009 (55)

Score: 3.93

19
6,917 members, 88 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (8), peach3009 (51)

Score: 3.88

20
2,381 members, 35 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (6), peach3009 (86)

Score: 3.87

21
454 members, 8 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: deldevries (6), peach3009 (97)

Score: 3.83

22
3,956 members, 25 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (2)

Score: 3.36

24
2,856 members, 32 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (8)

Score: 2.38

26
1,318 members, 8 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (10)

Score: 2.25

27
1,696 members, 28 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (11)

Score: 2.2

28
3,867 members, 48 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (13)

Score: 2.11

30
3,545 members, 51 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: deldevries (7), peach3009 (52)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 1.95

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): This was an interesting book, but too cynical for my taste.

31
366 members, 1 review
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (18)

Score: 1.94

32
2,078 members, 36 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (20)

Score: 1.89

33
105 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (22)

Score: 1.85

34
65 members, 0 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (23)

Score: 1.83

35
1,458 members, 16 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (24)

Score: 1.81

36
429 members, 3 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (25)

Score: 1.79

37
57 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (26)

Score: 1.77

38
287 members, 2 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (27)

Score: 1.76

39
2,383 members, 18 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (28)

Score: 1.74

40
840 members, 4 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (29)

Score: 1.72

41
1,309 members, 7 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (30)

Score: 1.71

42
534 members, 3 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (32)

Score: 1.68

43
23 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (33)

Score: 1.67

44
224 members, 2 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (34)

Score: 1.66

45
1,528 members, 6 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (35)

Score: 1.65

46
733 members, 9 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (36)

Score: 1.63

47
2,508 members, 38 reviews
4.51 stars (4.51 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (37)

Score: 1.62

48
1,266 members, 18 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (38)

Score: 1.61

49
209 members, 1 review
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (39)

Score: 1.6

51
2,943 members, 53 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (41)

Score: 1.58

52
4,846 members, 68 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (42)

Score: 1.57

53
687 members, 8 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (43)

Score: 1.56

54
126 members, 1 review
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (44)

Score: 1.55

55
225 members, 1 review
3.33 stars (3.33 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (45)

Score: 1.54

56
1,322 members, 8 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (46)

Score: 1.54

57
364 members, 4 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (47)

Score: 1.53

58
1,901 members, 46 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (48)

Score: 1.52

59
310 members, 3 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (49)

Score: 1.51

60
323 members, 2 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (50)

Score: 1.5

61
1,435 members, 25 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (53)

Score: 1.48

62
389 members, 3 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (56)

Score: 1.46

63
1,093 members, 9 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (57)

Score: 1.46

64
207 members, 1 review
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (59)

Score: 1.44

65
425 members, 2 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (60)

Score: 1.44

66
1,291 members, 25 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (61)

Score: 1.43

67
1,003 members, 15 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (62)

Score: 1.43

68
579 members, 10 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (64)

Score: 1.41

69
1,103 members, 12 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (65)

Score: 1.41

70
580 members, 0 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (66)

Score: 1.4

71
302 members, 0 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (67)

Score: 1.4

72
327 members, 0 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (68)

Score: 1.39

73
792 members, 5 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (70)

Score: 1.38

74
567 members, 6 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (71)

Score: 1.38

75
3,887 members, 38 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (72)

Score: 1.37

76
233 members, 4 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (74)

Score: 1.36

77
1,670 members, 24 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (75)

Score: 1.36

78
4,157 members, 59 reviews
4.44 stars (4.44 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (77)

Score: 1.35

79
995 members, 4 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (78)

Score: 1.35

80
2,925 members, 39 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (79)

Score: 1.34

81
334 members, 1 review
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (80)

Score: 1.34

82
2,192 members, 22 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (81)

Score: 1.33

83
341 members, 6 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (82)

Score: 1.33

84
80 members, 1 review
2.9 stars (2.9 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (83)

Score: 1.33

85
1,670 members, 22 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (84)

Score: 1.32

86
2,828 members, 106 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (85)

Score: 1.32

87
1,009 members, 19 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (87)

Score: 1.31

89
301 members, 0 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (91)

Score: 1.3

90
1,765 members, 20 reviews
4.57 stars (4.57 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (92)

Score: 1.29

91
988 members, 11 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (93)

Score: 1.29

92
102 members, 1 review
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (94)

Score: 1.29

93
99 members, 0 reviews
2.6 stars (2.6 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (95)

Score: 1.28

94
183 members, 1 review
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (98)

Score: 1.27

95
1,513 members, 31 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (99)

Score: 1.27

96
48 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (100)

Score: 1.27

97
4,574 members, 66 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (5)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 0.68

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): This is getting very dated. A silent spring is certainly not our greatest ecological worry.

98
196 members, 6 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (63)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I love Liebling's writing, but even he couldn't get me to read about boxing.

99
1,078 members, 7 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: peach3009 (76)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): This has really been out-dated by more modern archeology.

100
24 members, 0 reviews

Lists: peach3009 (90)

Thumbs down: aulsmith, spiphany

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Even the abridged version is more than most people want to know.

spiphany (0): Many of the ideas here are very dated and in part based on ideas about primitive societies which don't sit well today.

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Started by: peach3009 (May 2015)

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