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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.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.4943.44Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin
1.2883.74Illuminatus! Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid by Robert Shea
1.2523.47Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
1.2413.69State and revolution by V. I. Lenin
1.1733.44The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
1.1633.41The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African by Olaudah Equiano
1.1533.53Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig
1.1253.73Frisk by Dennis Cooper
1.1213.45Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach
1.1183.92T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone by Peter Lamborn Wilson
1.113.57One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society by Herbert Marcuse
1.1053.14Evasion by Crimethinc.
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0933.489-11 by Noam Chomsky
1.0733.78History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics by George Lukács
1.074.14The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
1.0573.64The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
1.0513.82Illuminatus! Part III: Leviathan by Robert Shea
1.0464.12Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx
1.0463.57Triton by Samuel R. Delany
1.0433.86Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller
1.0413.95Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource by Alex Wrekk
1.0413.57Simulations (Foreign Agents) by Jean Baudrillard
1.0364Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
1.0213.57The Mole People by Jennifer Toth
1.0193.61Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism by Mary Daly
1.0183.44The Iron Heel by Jack London
1.0173.5World Orders Old and New by Noam Chomsky
1.013.88Illuminatus! Part II: The Golden Apple by Robert Shea
1.0093.39Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara
1.0073.88The 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
1.0013.93The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870-71 by Alistair Horne
1.0013.73What Uncle Sam Really Wants by Noam Chomsky
1.0014.07The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
0.9993.73Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War by Barbara Ehrenreich
0.9973.57Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9924.01The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
0.9923.83The Confessions of Aleister Crowley : An Autobiography by Aleister Crowley
0.9883.92Feminism is for everybody : passionate politics by bell hooks
0.9863.95Neuromancer by William Gibson
0.9854.11Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
0.983.6Femininity by Susan Brownmiller
0.9793.67Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps by Emmett Grogan
0.9773.79Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray
0.9674.12Macho Sluts: Erotic Fiction by Pat Califia
0.9583.93Days of War, Nights of Love : Crimethink For Beginners by Crimethink Workers Collective
0.9523.72No Logo by Naomi Klein
0.9513.88The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities by Dossie Easton
0.953.45Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas by Sara Lorimer
0.9473.78Europe's Inner Demons by Norman Cohn
0.9463.18Introducing Postmodernism by Richard Appignanesi
0.9463.86Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam by Jason Burke
0.9433.24Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore
0.9423.92Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
0.9353.95Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
0.9334.22Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
0.933.58America by Jean Baudrillard
0.9263.75The Foucault Reader by Michel Foucault
0.9234.17Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
0.9234.16The Ego and Its Own by Max Stirner
0.9233.74Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery by Starhawk
0.9164.01Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich
0.9163.84Sexual Politics by Kate Millett
0.9133.47The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson
0.9124.01Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
0.913.52Threepenny Novel by Bertolt Brecht
0.9094.17Mutual Aid: a Factor of Evolution by Peter Kropotkin
0.9094.14The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn
0.9093.77Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg
0.9053.98The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem
0.9044.2Living My Life, Vol. 1 by Emma Goldman
0.9044.05The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.9043.87Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line by Ben Hamper
0.9043.45Distraction by Bruce Sterling
0.9033.78The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan
0.9034.1Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
0.9033.9We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
0.9033.86Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey
0.9034.17The shock doctrine : the rise of disaster capitalism by Naomi Klein
0.8993.81Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement by Robin Morgan
0.8993.72Crystal Express by Bruce Sterling
0.8983.96Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
0.8974.13Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman
0.8873.89Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
0.8863.73The Portable Karl Marx by Karl Marx
0.8834.17Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
0.8833.63Idoru by William Gibson
0.883.89Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin
0.8783.68Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller
0.8774.02Hiroshima by John Hersey
0.8753.67Marx for Beginners by Rius
0.8743.8Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum
0.8743.98To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson
0.8733.81The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, in the Light of the Researches of Lewis H. Morgan by Friedrich Engels
0.874.15Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis
0.8684.24On Subbing: The First Four Years by Dave Roche
0.8683.65Anarchism : from theory to practice by Daniel Guérin
0.8634Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus
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