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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
1.3333.71True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet
1.2983.26Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho
1.2773.19The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield
1.2513.24Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age (Finish Rich Book Series) by David Bach
1.2483.3You've GOT to Read This Book!: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life by Jack Canfield
1.2373.18Orcs: First Blood by Stan Nicholls
1.2364Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
1.2363.65Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings by John Michael Greer
1.2353.28Virtual History by Niall Ferguson
1.233.08The Saint of Dragons by Jason Hightman
1.2223.31I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
1.2223.37Ghost Force by Patrick Robinson
1.2213.72Living Loving and Learning by Leo F. Buscaglia
1.2163.26Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes by Thomas Cathcart
1.2122.88Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide by Maureen Dowd
1.2063.31Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper
1.2043.86The FairTax Book by Neal Boortz
1.2033.6The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.2013.04The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
1.1953.67Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction by David Kuo
1.1953.79Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
1.193.52Brain Storm by Richard Dooling
1.1893.58Empire by Michael Hardt
1.1813.47Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1733.88Wicked French by Howard Tomb
1.1683.42Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight by Peter D'Adamo
1.1673.72The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra
1.1623.77Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman
1.1613.46The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings
1.1613.81The Children's War by J.N. Stroyar
1.1563.15Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace
1.1553.89Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
1.1543.81I, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole
1.1523.77Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
1.1463.88Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1.1443.12What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception by Scott McClellan
1.1413.21The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering the Lost Arts of Leisure and Pleasure by Michael Flocker
1.143.54Treasure of Khan by Clive Cussler
1.1393.73Please Stop Laughing At Me...: One Woman's Inspirational Story by Jodee Blanco
1.1343.01Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
1.1333.54Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis
1.133.06Before the Storm by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
1.1293.79Operation Typhoon Shore: The Guild of Specialists Book 2 (The Guild Specialists) by Joshua Mowll
1.1293.76Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix by Glenn Yeffeth
1.1263.01Tyrant's Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
1.1233.4Prayers for the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno
1.1223.54The Sea Hunters by Clive Cussler
1.123.97The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
1.1133.96Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
1.1123.79On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not by Robert Burton
1.113.63Fiend Folio (1st edition) by Don Turnbull
1.1093.79Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court by Jan Crawford Greenburg
1.1073.6The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent Bugliosi
1.1063.82Becoming Human by Jean Vanier
1.1043.55Player's Handbook (2nd Edition) by David "Zeb" Cook
1.1033.62Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
1.1023.18Tales from the New Republic by Peter Schweighofer
1.1013.88Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times by Studs Terkel
1.1013.21The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong by Barry Glassner
1.0993.37Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore
1.0963.24Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves
1.0963.92Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0943.77The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.02An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
1.0933.449-11 by Noam Chomsky
1.0913.93In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
1.0883.24The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent
1.0873.43I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
1.0863.67A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0863.69Earth in the Balance by Al Gore
1.0863.54Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible by Peter Manseau
1.0863.69Deities & Demigods by Lawrence Schick
1.0853.4Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids by Jim Marrs
1.0853.271421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
1.0843.52Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong by Marc Hauser
1.083.59The 47th Samurai by Stephen Hunter
1.083.62Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker
1.0793.77New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
1.0773.5Dungeon Master Guide (2nd Edition) by TSR Staff
1.0773.37Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina by Kevin J. Anderson
1.0753.47Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper
1.0743.54The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
1.0733.61Survivor's Quest by Timothy Zahn
1.0723.4Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips
1.0693.64Anthem by Ayn Rand
1.0663.68Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
1.0663.43Hotel world by Ali Smith
1.0653.69Inferno by Troy Denning
1.0653.05The Joiner King by Troy Denning
1.0642.99The Swarm War by Troy Denning
1.0643.36Tales of the Bounty Hunters by Kevin J. Anderson
1.0632.91The Way of Ping: Journey to the Great Ocean by Stuart Avery Gold
1.0634A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.0633.6Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves
1.0623.62The Canon by Natalie Angier
1.0623.37Lost City by Clive Cussler
1.063.84Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
1.063.46The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy
1.0593.49Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
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