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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
1.3152.65My Prison Without Bars by Pete Rose
1.2713.5The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
1.2033.66The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership by James C. Hunter
1.1874.3NIV Holy Bible by Zondervan
1.1193.61Letters From a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity by Gregory A. Boyd
1.0993.41Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy
1.0954.23The One Year Bible NIV by Tyndale
1.0363.34Logic: A Very Short Introduction by Graham Priest
1.0313.98Experiencing God : how to live the full adventure of knowing and doing the will of God by Henry T. Blackaby
1.033.86The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0283.93Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
1.0213.84Psmith, Journalist by P. G. Wodehouse
1.0193.82People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts by Robert Bolton
1.0163.61A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite
1.0063.9Deliver Us From Evil by Ravi Zacharias
1.0042.86Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big by Jose Canseco
1.0033.83Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
0.9954.02The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, of the Resurrection
0.994.26The Golf Omnibus by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9774.13Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks
0.9734.1The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception by John MacArthur
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9693.81Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy by Jane Leavy
0.9653.97How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
0.9514.07Can Man Live Without God? by Ravi Zacharias
0.9513.68Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.9493.72Indiscretions of Archie by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9474.04The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper
0.9454.08A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper
0.9423.64Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball by Bob Costas
0.9413.65The Little Nugget by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9394.23The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
0.9353.93Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins
0.9343.74Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
0.9284.08Uneasy Money by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9183.74National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures by Peter Burian
0.9174.06Logical Chess, Move By Move by Irving Chernev
0.9133.96Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
0.9134.24Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
0.9134.15Nine Innings by Daniel Okrent
0.9113.91Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9113.78The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
0.9084Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation by E. H. Gombrich
0.9083.64The Victors : Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.9064.01Do Butlers Burgle Banks? by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9023.79Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, with a Little Help from Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the by Bill Simmons
0.9013.93The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes
0.8983.81Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger
0.8934.27Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
0.893.86The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
0.8843.47Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer
0.8794.14Uncle Dynamite by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8763.85The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
0.8753.96Hot Water by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8754.31Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
0.8744.071776 by David McCullough
0.874.16Lord Emsworth and others by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8584.26The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
0.8553.81Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball's Lunatic Fringe by Sam Walker
0.8554.04The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8524.39Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper
0.8474.29The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin
0.8464.14Thank You, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8453.92Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin
0.843.7To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.8394.22The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
0.8393.84Rumpole Rests His Case by John Mortimer
0.8384.13D-Day June 6 1944: the Climatic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.8324.3The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
0.8314.1Jeeves in the Offing by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8314.2Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein
0.8294.3Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas
0.8263.99Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
0.8223.9Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King
0.8224.26Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges
0.8214.07The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
0.8194.18Uncle Fred in the Springtime by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8134.07How Now Shall We Live? by Charles W. Colson
0.8134.23An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
0.8093.89Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss
0.8074.42Knowing God by J. I. Packer
0.8064.24Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8054.31Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper
0.8054.13History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present by Beaumont Newhall
0.8033.57The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45 by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.8034.04October 1964 by David Halberstam
0.8034.26All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
0.8013.79What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro
0.7984.11Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
0.7964.43God's Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards by John Piper
0.7954.28All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
0.7923.7The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
0.793.8Rumpole and the Reign of Terror by John Mortimer
0.794.07Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer
0.794.21Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.7894.12Ball Four by Jim Bouton
0.7884.39The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller
0.7883.81The Girl in Blue by P. G. Wodehouse
0.7843.87Baseball Between the Numbers : Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong by Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts
0.7813.91Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
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