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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
1.4611.93The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
1.413.05The Satanic Rituals by Anton Szandor LaVey
1.3343.13The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey
1.3283.27The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
1.1563.61The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins
1.1333.51The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
1.1143.73Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph LeDoux
1.0952.73The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin
1.0853.61The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson
1.0823.65In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters
1.0643.58De vergankelijkheid by Midas Dekkers
1.0553.53Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould
1.0333.96Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
1.033.76The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness by Antonio Damasio
1.0293.71Tijl Uilenspiegel by Charles de Coster
1.0134.15On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
0.9823.8Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.9593.75The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
0.9573.59Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships by Eric Berne
0.9424The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
0.9343.77I Have Landed: The End of a Beginning in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
0.9313.75The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
0.9224.08The Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza
0.9173.85Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
0.9163.72The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
0.9124.01Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
0.9074.22The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
0.9053.58The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong
0.8983.96The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation by Barbara R. Rossing
0.8963.3Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions (Hacking Exposed) by Stuart McClure
0.8934.13The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
0.8864.1American Gods by Neil Gaiman
0.8844.02A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8713.99Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
0.8693.55Eric in the Land of the Insects by Godfried Bomans
0.8694.03Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
0.8684.06Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
0.8684.26The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.8673.99The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8644.17Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
0.863.94High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
0.8584.04When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome by Richard E. Rubenstein
0.8543.86Myths of the Norsemen: Retold from the Old Norse Poems and Tales by Roger Lancelyn Green
0.843.88No Highway by Nevil Shute
0.8264.03Mort by Terry Pratchett
0.8253.91Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by Antonio Damasio
0.8234.28Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
0.823.97The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings by Terry Pratchett
0.8173.64De larf by Midas Dekkers
0.8114.09Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern by Douglas Hofstadter
0.8113.39Web by John Wyndham
0.8064.31The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
0.8063.9Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins
0.8053.78Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall
0.7784.01The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
0.7584.53The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.7543.98De Zevensprong by Tonke Dragt
0.7523.84Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park
0.7323.5Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul by Francis Crick
0.7254.03Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman
0.6923.95Power: A New Social Analysis by Bertrand Russell
0.5554.56Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters by Donald R. Prothero
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