Controversial Books

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.

1.1713.23The Last Knight: The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern Era by Norman F. Cantor
1.1483.48Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life by Philippe Ariès
1.1424.1The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
1.1323.35Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown
1.1253.2Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony by Madeleine Pelner Cosman
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0553.55Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0493.57The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
1.0483.71Zoya by Danielle Steel
1.0423.56Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon
1.0383.67God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
1.033.86Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher
1.0233.3The Motley Fool You Have More Than You Think : The Foolish Guide To Personal Finance by David Gardner
1.0183.73The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0133.9The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
1.0133.33The Medieval Reader: First-hand Accounts of the Middle Ages Including Letters, Essays, State and Church Documents, Poetry and Ballads by Norman F. Cantor
0.9953.5The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock
0.9923.84Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
0.9893.82Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
0.9713.5Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
0.9713.82Gentleman: a Timeless Guide to Fashion by Bernhard Roetzel
0.9613.95Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms by Michelle P. Brown
0.9583.85The Art of War by Sun Tzu
0.9584.01Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
0.9533.69New Spring by Robert Jordan
0.9483.76Catch Me if You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
0.9473.9Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9473.92Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis
0.9473.87A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter
0.9383.75The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
0.9383.61Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength by Bill Phillips
0.9373.41The Chamber by John Grisham
0.9373.67Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
0.9273.9Heidi by Johanna Spyri
0.9183.92Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis
0.9173.77Spring Moon by Bette Bao Lord
0.9154.16Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.9083.61Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies
0.9063.9420,000 Years of Fashion: The History of Costume and Personal Adornment by Francois Boucher
0.9023.8Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell
0.8963.65Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette; The Guide to Gracious Living by Amy Vanderbilt
0.8914.28Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
0.8863.83The Martha Stewart Cookbook: Collected Recipes for Every Day by Martha Stewart
0.8814.15Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
0.883.94Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery
0.874.2The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
0.8633.82Bran Mak Morn: The Last King by Robert E. Howard
0.8624.24James Herriot's Dog Stories by James Herriot
0.8614.26Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
0.8584.26The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
0.8584.15James Herriot's Yorkshire by James Herriot
0.8554.08The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant: Making Common Garments, 1200-1500 by Sarah Thursfield
0.8423.68The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager
0.844.31Shogun: A Novel of Japan by James Clavell
0.8274.36Watchmen by Alan Moore
0.824.43Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
0.8193.83Heretic by Bernard Cornwell
0.8173.81Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir
0.8153.84Memoirs Of A Medieval Woman: The Life And Times Of Margery Kempe by Louise Collis
0.8133.61Daily Life in Medieval Times by Frances Gies
0.813.4Virgins of Venice: Broken Vows and Cloistered Lives in the Renaissance Convent by Mary Laven
0.8083.63Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell
0.8074.18Card Weaving by Candace Crockett
0.8044.35Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
0.8034.26All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
0.8034.23All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
0.7944.17The Art of Star Wars, Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back by Deborah Call
0.7944.08The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso
0.7923.95Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams by David Bach
0.794.14Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
0.7853.81Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell
0.783.57The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion (The Lord of the Rings) by Jude Fisher
0.7784.31Joy of Cooking 1997 Edition by Irma von Starkloff Rombauer
0.7633.74The Road to Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Money--Everything You Need to Know in Good and Bad Times by Suze Orman
0.7634.32Tailor's Pattern Book 1589 by Juan de Alcega
0.7584.52The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.7494.16Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
0.7483.77The Hundred Years War : the English in France, 1337-1453 by Desmond Seward
0.7414.39The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
0.743.87The First Cadfael Omnibus by Ellis Peters
0.7393.61Medieval people by Eileen Power
0.7333.72Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat by Hans Talhoffer
0.7124.43Embroiderers by Kay Staniland
0.7054.35Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman
0.6893.881066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth
0.654.62Shoes and Pattens by Francis Grew
0.6424.57The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress by Ninya Mikhaila
0.6324.54Textiles and Clothing: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London, c.1150-c.1450 by Elisabeth Crowfoot
0.6154.55Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail by Avril Hart
0.614.45The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones
0.5894.03The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer
0.5364.49Dress Accessories by Geoff Egan
0.5244.76Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, c1560-1620 by Janet Arnold
0.5074.71Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction, c1660-1860 by Janet Arnold
0.3954.82Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life by Ollie Johnston
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