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.

1.1064The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.0933.92Roadfood by Jane Stern
1.0923.56Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers by Robert Scoble
1.0863.56Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible by Peter Manseau
1.0863.9On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
1.0674.06Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
1.0633.8One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer
1.053.52Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership by Lee G. Bolman
1.0333.68The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
1.033.86The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0283.62The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.0263.12Candy and Me: A Girl's Tale of Life, Love, and Sugar by Hilary Liftin
1.0173.95How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
0.9743.76A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine
0.9723.63The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins
0.9664.31Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell
0.9613.49Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
0.9593.69Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
0.9543.86This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison
0.9514Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by James C. Collins
0.9513.8Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
0.9483.83First Things First : To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy by Stephen R. Covey
0.9383.71Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
0.9354.1Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881–2001 by Benny Morris
0.9354.06Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
0.9023.97Resistance, Rebellion, and Death: Essays by Albert Camus
0.93.67What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News by Eric Alterman
0.8933.91Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
0.8844.12The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
0.8774.02Hiroshima by John Hersey
0.8693.67Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets by Nicole Blackman
0.8654.01The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
0.8634.07A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis
0.8623.96Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
0.8553.87Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni
0.8494.02A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
0.8484The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
0.844.08They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 by David Maraniss
0.8353.99Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites by Louis Rosenfeld
0.8343.95The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
0.8243.69Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative by David Brock
0.8234.24Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
0.8234.33Listening is an Act of Love by Dave Isay
0.8193.87Pour Your Heart into It : How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz
0.8144.16The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life by Parker J. Palmer
0.7864The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
0.7793.94Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo
0.7753.94Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse by Steve Bogira
0.7734.23Still Alice by Lisa Genova
0.7634.15The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
0.7454.26The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough
0.7274.02War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars by Andrew Carroll
0.7174.1War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black
0.74.43Maus : a survivor's tale I by Art Spiegelman
0.6943.97Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen
0.6924.46Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
0.6744.27Our America: Life And Death On The South Side Of Chicago by LeAlan Jones
0.6684.15NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible by Frank Charles Thompson
0.663.91The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life, 4th Edition by Nancy L. Mace
0.6093.87Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko
0.4533.64The Dancer Upstairs by Nicholas Shakespeare
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