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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

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Deviation
RatingTitle
1.4943.44Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin
1.2883.72Illuminatus! Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid by Robert Shea
1.2523.49Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
1.2413.66The State and Revolution by V. I. Lenin
1.1733.45The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
1.1633.34The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African by Olaudah Equiano
1.1533.55Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig
1.1253.76Frisk by Dennis Cooper
1.1213.58Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach
1.1183.9T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone by Hakim Bey
1.113.55One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society by Herbert Marcuse
1.1053.17Evasion by CrimethInc.
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0933.459-11 by Noam Chomsky
1.0733.8History and Class Consciousness by George Lukács
1.074.16The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
1.0573.62The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
1.0513.89Illuminatus! Part III: Leviathan by Robert Shea
1.0464.16Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx
1.0463.58Triton by Samuel R. Delany
1.0453.75The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
1.0433.81Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller
1.0413.92Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource by Alex Wrekk
1.0413.55Simulations (Foreign Agents) by Jean Baudrillard
1.0364.02Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
1.0213.59The Mole People by Jennifer Toth
1.0193.61Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism by Mary Daly
1.0183.49The Iron Heel by Jack London
1.0173.52World Orders Old and New by Noam Chomsky
1.013.91Illuminatus! Part II: The Golden Apple by Robert Shea
1.0093.36Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara
1.0073.93The Invisibles: Say You Want a Revolution by Grant Morrison
1.0054.04The System of Objects by Jean Baudrillard
1.0023.8The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
1.0013.86The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870-71 by Alistair Horne
1.0013.66What Uncle Sam Really Wants by Noam Chomsky
1.0014.04The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
0.9993.72Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War by Barbara Ehrenreich
0.9973.6Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9924.03The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
0.9923.88The Confessions of Aleister Crowley : An Autobiography by Aleister Crowley
0.9883.88Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks
0.9863.96Neuromancer by William Gibson
0.9854.13Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
0.983.54Femininity by Susan Brownmiller
0.9793.64Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps by Emmett Grogan
0.9773.74Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray
0.9674.09Macho Sluts: Erotic Fiction by Pat Califia
0.9673.99The Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
0.9583.91Days of War, Nights of Love : Crimethink For Beginners by Crimethink Workers Collective
0.9523.71No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs by Naomi Klein
0.9513.83The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities by Dossie Easton
0.953.4Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas by Sara Lorimer
0.9473.78Europe's Inner Demons by Norman Cohn
0.9463.84Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam by Jason Burke
0.9463.18Introducing Postmodernism by Richard Appignanesi
0.9433.25Stupid White Men : ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore
0.9423.89Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
0.9353.9Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
0.9334.2Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
0.933.54America by Jean Baudrillard
0.9263.77The Foucault Reader by Michel Foucault
0.9234.19Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
0.9234.18The Ego and his Own by Max Stirner
0.9233.74Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery by Starhawk
0.9164.03Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich
0.9163.74Sexual Politics by Kate Millett
0.9133.47The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9124.03Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
0.913.53Threepenny novel by Bertolt Brecht
0.9094.21Mutual Aid: a Factor of Evolution by Peter Kropotkin
0.9094.15The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn
0.9093.81Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg
0.9054.03The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem
0.9044.24Living My Life, Vol. 1 by Emma Goldman
0.9044.06The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.9043.85Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line by Ben Hamper
0.9043.46Distraction by Bruce Sterling
0.9033.79The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan
0.9034.11The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
0.9033.91We by Jevgeni Zamjatin
0.9033.84Democracy And Education by John Dewey
0.9034.17The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
0.93.96Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher
0.8993.8Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement by Robin Morgan
0.8993.75Crystal Express by Bruce Sterling
0.8983.98Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
0.8974.09Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman
0.8873.9Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
0.8863.71The Portable Karl Marx by Karl Marx
0.8834.24Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
0.8833.63Idoru by William Gibson
0.883.88Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin
0.8783.66Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller
0.8774.01Hiroshima by John Hersey
0.8753.63Marx for Beginners by Rius
0.8743.85Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum
0.8743.99To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson
0.8733.8The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, in the Light of the Researches of Lewis H. Morgan by Friedrich Engels
0.8684.24On Subbing: The First Four Years by Dave Roche
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