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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
1.1063.98The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.0933.92Roadfood by Jane Stern
1.0923.57Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers by Robert Scoble
1.0863.54Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible by Peter Manseau
1.0863.87On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
1.0674.03Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
1.0633.82One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer
1.053.52Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership by Lee G. Bolman
1.0333.69The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
1.033.84The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0293.94Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins
1.0283.59The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.0263.04Candy and Me: A Girl's Tale of Life, Love, and Sugar by Hilary Liftin
1.0173.94How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
0.9723.56The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins
0.9664.3Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell
0.9613.46Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
0.9593.67Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
0.9543.9This 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 Jim Collins
0.9513.81Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
0.9483.81First Things First : To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy by Stephen R. Covey
0.9383.69Primal 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
0.9354.07Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
0.9023.89Resistance, Rebellion, and Death: Essays by Albert Camus
0.93.63What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News by Eric Alterman
0.8933.9Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
0.8844.13The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
0.8774.01Hiroshima 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
0.8634.09A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis
0.8623.95Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
0.8553.86Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni
0.8494.03A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
0.8484The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
0.844.13They 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
0.8343.96The 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
0.8234.31Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay
0.8193.92Pour Your Heart into It : How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz
0.8144.13The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life by Parker J. Palmer
0.7863.98The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
0.7793.91Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo
0.7753.93Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse by Steve Bogira
0.7634.13The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
0.7454.26The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough
0.7274.04War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars by Andrew Carroll
0.7174.16War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black
0.74.45Maus I: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
0.6943.92Moon Handbooks Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen
0.6924.46Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
0.6744.26Our America: Life And Death On The South Side Of Chicago by LeAlan Jones
0.6684.13NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible by Frank Charles Thompson
0.663.96The 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
0.6093.89Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko
0.4533.62The Dancer Upstairs by Nicholas Shakespeare
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