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.

1.1063.98The 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
1.0863.56Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible by Peter Manseau
1.0863.95On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
1.0674.04Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
1.0633.81One 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
1.033.85The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0283.62The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.0263.09Candy 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
0.9743.76A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine
0.9723.62The 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
0.9613.49Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
0.9593.68Emotional 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
0.9514.01Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by James C. Collins
0.9513.81Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
0.9483.82First 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
0.9023.94Resistance, Rebellion, and Death: Essays by Albert Camus
0.93.68What 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
0.8774.02Hiroshima 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
0.8634.1A 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
0.8494.02A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
0.8484The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
0.844.12They 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
0.8343.94The 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
0.8234.19Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
0.8234.35Listening is an Act of Love by Dave Isay
0.8193.92Pour Your Heart into It : How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz
0.8144.14The 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
0.7793.92Dark 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
0.7734.23Still Alice by Lisa Genova
0.7634.16The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
0.7454.28The 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
0.74.44Maus : a survivor's tale I by Art Spiegelman
0.6943.94Moon Handbooks Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen
0.6924.45Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
0.6744.28Our America: Life And Death On The South Side Of Chicago by LeAlan Jones
0.6684.15NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible by Frank Charles Thompson
0.663.96The 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
0.6093.87Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko
0.4533.64The Dancer Upstairs by Nicholas Shakespeare
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