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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.

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Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1733.45The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
1.1573.61Mage: The Ascension (Revised Edition) by White Wolf Publishing
1.1473.85Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1383.51Tides of War by Steven Pressfield
1.1253.87A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat
1.1123.53Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind
1.113.55One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society by Herbert Marcuse
1.1033.62Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
1.0963.92Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.093.56Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0683.89Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.0653.71Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't by John R. Lott Jr.
1.0583.63The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge by Jean-Francois Lyotard
1.0542.93Do it; scenarios of the revolution by Jerry Rubin
1.0513.43Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly
1.0463.78The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1.0413.7The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many by Noam Chomsky
1.0393.69Player's Handbook II by David Noonan
1.0383.73Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind
1.0364.02Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
1.0313.82Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
1.0253.83The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen
1.0213.45Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
1.024.01The Icewind Dale Trilogy Collector's Edition by R.A. Salvatore
1.0183.74The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0184.04Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish
1.0163.92Western Birds (Peterson Field Guides) by Roger Tory Peterson
1.0154The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore
1.0134.15On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
1.0133.78Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government by P. J. O'Rourke
1.0123.68Wrath of a Mad God by Raymond E. Feist
1.013.84Grendel by John Gardner
1.0064.06The Snow Walker by Farley Mowat
1.0043.72Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind
1.0043.88Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
1.0033.73The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman
0.9973.58Aztec Blood (Aztec) by Gary Jennings
0.9953.75Expanded Psionics Handbook by Bruce R. Cordell
0.9943.86The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
0.993.9On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
0.9773.11Monsters of Faerûn by James Wyatt
0.9763.64Patterns of Culture by Ruth Benedict
0.9753.77Vampire: The Masquerade: A Storytelling Game of Personal Horror (3rd Edition) by Justin Achilli
0.9743.61Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond E. Feist
0.9713.42Aztec Autumn by Gary Jennings
0.973.63Complete Adventurer by Jesse Decker
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.974.05Beyond Good & Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9664.14Collected Poems of Robert Service by Robert Service
0.9623.83The Cleric Quintet Collector's Edition by R.A. Salvatore
0.9623.82Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen
0.9584.01Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson
0.9574.06Style: Toward Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams
0.9513.93Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
0.9494.12Aztec by Gary Jennings
0.9483.63The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
0.9474.05The Iliad by Homer
0.9433.25Stupid White Men : ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore
0.9353.94Player's Handbook: Core Rulebook I (3.5) by Jonathan Tweet
0.9333.74Dungeon Master's Guide II by Jesse Decker
0.9324.11The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
0.9313.96Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell
0.9273.99The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama
0.9274.21501 French Verbs by Christopher Kendris
0.9263.39Beyond the horizon by Colin Angus
0.9264.11Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
0.9253.84Devices and Desires by K. J. Parker
0.9234.07The Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis
0.9233.46Crashing the party by Ralph Nader
0.9213.98Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze
0.9194.25501 Spanish Verbs by Christopher Kendris
0.9183.83A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker
0.9143.68Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure by Daniel Quinn
0.9134.04The Odyssey by Homer
0.9043.34Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore
0.9033.95National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky by National Audubon Society
0.9034.11The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
0.9013.71God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It by Jim Wallis
0.9014.34Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb
0.93.99Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy by Noam Chomsky
0.8994.02Redwall by Brian Jacques
0.8983.98Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
0.8954.04Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0.8934.01Animal Farm by George Orwell
0.8924.14The Draconomicon by Andy Collins
0.8913.44The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer by William Irwin
0.893.74Honored Enemy by Raymond E. Feist
0.893.86Gray Apocalypse by James Murdoch
0.8893.92Mattimeo by Brian Jacques
0.8873.9Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
0.8864.23A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
0.8854.26Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling
0.8824.11Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
0.8813.83Insects (Peterson Field Guides) by Donald J. Borror
0.8814.14Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8814.14Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
0.883.83Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.884.03Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
0.8794.07The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat
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