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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.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.213.22Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.153.69Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times by Donald T. Phillips
1.1243.47Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin
1.1073.73Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used by Peter Block
1.0963.3830-Minute Meals 2 by Rachael Ray
1.0853.86Under Fire by W. E. B. Griffin
1.0673.19The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide by Arthur Agatston
1.053.52Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership by Lee G. Bolman
1.0453.9Making the Corps by Thomas E. Ricks
1.043.28The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbader
1.0333.57The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization by Thomas L. Friedman
1.0253.63Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
1.0093.84Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore
1.0033.72The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman
0.9883.48Happy People by David Niven
0.9693.8Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy by Jane Leavy
0.9644.23One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
0.9593.61The Measure of A Man : A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier
0.9583.46Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan
0.9573.72The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 by Dave Eggers
0.9563.35The Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum
0.9493.66A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett
0.9483.82First Things First : To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy by Stephen R. Covey
0.9454.06The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
0.9414.38The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear by Paul Loeb
0.9353.9On Death and Dying by Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross
0.9343.75Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
0.9283.17Who Are You?: 101 Ways of Seeing Yourself by Malcolm Godwin
0.9243.61,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
0.9223.78Brain Droppings by George Carlin
0.9153.2Good Harbor by Anita Diamant
0.9143.79Soul Mates by Thomas Moore
0.9093.83Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs Myers
0.9074.08Re-imagine! by Tom Peters
0.9073.71Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
0.9013.89The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso
0.93.21The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene
0.8983.55In the Company of Soldiers by Rick Atkinson
0.8963.71The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines: China, Greece, and Rome by Jeff Smith
0.8933.96Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence by David Keirsey
0.8934.03Betty Crocker's Cookbook by Betty Crocker
0.8833.911001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall
0.8814.14Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
0.8794.21Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
0.873.79The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowiecki
0.8654.15Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
0.8633.63Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen
0.8443.93Chesapeake by James A. Michener
0.824.15Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright
0.8122.88In the Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah's Favorite Recipes by Rosie Daley
0.8093.8The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow by John C. Maxwell
0.8064.02The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
0.8033.58Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen
0.7813.72Tales From Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
0.7814.03From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman
0.7744.17Baseball: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward
0.773.75The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook by Julee Rosso
0.7633.76Born Fighting by James Webb
0.7493.28Crockery Cookery by Mable Hoffman
0.7454.21Moneyball : the art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis
0.7264Good Housekeeping Cook Book by Good Housekeeping Institute
0.7083.63Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
0.6554.05Words You Don't Want to Hear During Your Annual Review: A Dilbert Book by Scott Adams
0.64.27The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger
0.4873.29Do You Speak American? by Robert MacNeil
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