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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
1.4611.96The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
1.413The Satanic Rituals by Anton Szandor LaVey
1.3343.1The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey
1.3283.27The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
1.1563.64The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins
1.1333.5The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
1.1143.77Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph LeDoux
1.0952.7The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin
1.0853.6The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson
1.0823.64In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters
1.0643.6De vergankelijkheid by Midas Dekkers
1.0553.49Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould
1.0333.92Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
1.033.75The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness by Antonio Damasio
1.0293.72Tijl Uilenspiegel by Charles de Coster
1.0134.14On 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
0.9593.74The king of Elfland's daughter by Lord Dunsany
0.9573.59Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships by Eric Berne
0.9423.99The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
0.9343.76I 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
0.9163.71The 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
0.8963.34Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions (Hacking Exposed) by Stuart McClure
0.8934.12The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
0.8864.09American Gods by Neil Gaiman
0.8844.01A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8713.99Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
0.8693.51Eric in the Land of the Insects by Godfried Bomans
0.8694.04Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
0.8684.08Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
0.8684.26The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.8673.99The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8644.17Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
0.863.93High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
0.8584.08When 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
0.843.82No Highway by Nevil Shute
0.8264.04Mort by Terry Pratchett
0.8253.9Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by Antonio Damasio
0.8234.28Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett
0.823.98The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings by Terry Pratchett
0.8173.66De larf by Midas Dekkers
0.8114.08Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern by Douglas Hofstadter
0.8113.37Web by John Wyndham
0.8064.3The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
0.8063.91Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins
0.8053.78Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall
0.7784The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
0.7584.52The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.7544.03De Zevensprong by Tonke Dragt
0.7523.91Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park
0.7323.49Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul by Francis Crick
0.7254.02Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman
0.6923.91Power: A New Social Analysis by Bertrand Russell
0.5554.47Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters by Donald R. Prothero
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