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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.

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RatingTitle
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
1.1323.36Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown
1.1253.2Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony by Madeleine Pelner Cosman
1.0573.87Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0553.55Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0493.6The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
1.0483.69Zoya by Danielle Steel
1.0423.57Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon
1.0383.67God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
1.033.85Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher
1.0233.29The Motley Fool You Have More Than You Think : The Foolish Guide To Personal Finance by David Gardner
1.0183.75The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0133.91The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
1.0133.31The Medieval Reader: First-hand Accounts of the Middle Ages Including Letters, Essays, State and Church Documents, Poetry and Ballads by Norman F. Cantor
0.9953.51The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock
0.9923.86Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
0.9893.83Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
0.9713.51Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
0.9713.81Gentleman: a Timeless Guide to Fashion by Bernhard Roetzel
0.9613.95Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms by Michelle P. Brown
0.9583.84The 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
0.9473.91Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9473.93Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis
0.9473.91A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter
0.9383.75The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
0.9383.59Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength by Bill Phillips
0.9373.4The Chamber by John Grisham
0.9373.68Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
0.9273.93Heidi by Johanna Spyri
0.9183.93Dragons 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
0.8963.75Complete book of etiquette; a guide to gracious living by Amy Vanderbilt
0.8914.27Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
0.8863.83The Martha Stewart Cookbook: Collected Recipes for Every Day by Martha Stewart
0.8814.14Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
0.883.94Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery
0.874.18The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
0.8633.79Bran Mak Morn: The Last King by Robert E. Howard
0.8624.25James Herriot's Dog Stories by James Herriot
0.8614.26Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
0.8584.27The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
0.8584.12James Herriot's Yorkshire by James Herriot
0.8554.1The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant: Making Common Garments, 1200-1500 by Sarah Thursfield
0.8423.67The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager
0.844.32Shogun: A Novel of Japan by James Clavell
0.8274.37Watchmen by Alan Moore
0.824.44Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
0.8193.85Heretic by Bernard Cornwell
0.8173.8Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir
0.8153.83Memoirs Of A Medieval Woman: The Life And Times Of Margery Kempe by Louise Collis
0.8133.61Daily Life in Medieval Times by Frances Gies
0.813.33Virgins of Venice: Broken Vows and Cloistered Lives in the Renaissance Convent by Mary Laven
0.8083.63Gallows thief by Bernard Cornwell
0.8074.19Card Weaving by Candace Crockett
0.8053.48Pompeii: The Living City by Alex Butterworth
0.8044.35Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
0.8034.26All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
0.8034.22All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
0.7944.17The Art of Star Wars, Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back by Deborah Call
0.7944.07The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso
0.7923.97Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams (Revised Edition) by David Bach
0.794.14Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft
0.7853.82Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell
0.783.59The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion (The Lord of the Rings) by Jude Fisher
0.7784.29Joy of Cooking 1997 Edition by Irma von Starkloff Rombauer
0.7633.73The 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
0.7584.53The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.7494.14Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
0.7483.76The 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
0.743.85The First Cadfael Omnibus by Ellis Peters
0.7393.64Medieval people by Eileen Power
0.7333.75Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat by Hans Talhoffer
0.7124.43Embroiderers by Kay Staniland
0.7054.37Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman
0.6893.911066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth
0.654.62Shoes and Pattens by Francis Grew
0.6424.56The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress by Ninya Mikhaila
0.6324.52Textiles 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
0.5894.04The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer
0.5364.5Dress 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
0.3954.8Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life by Ollie Johnston
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