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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
1.3152.7My Prison Without Bars by Pete Rose
1.2713.5The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
1.2033.69The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership by James C. Hunter
1.1874.33NIV Bible by Bible
1.1193.64Letters From a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity by Gregory A. Boyd
1.0993.37Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy
1.0954.23The One Year Bible NIV by Tyndale
1.0363.31Logic: A Very Short Introduction by Graham Priest
1.0313.94Experiencing God : how to live the full adventure of knowing and doing the will of God by Henry T. Blackaby
1.033.84The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0283.91Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
1.0213.86Psmith, journalist by P. G. Wodehouse
1.0193.81People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts by Robert Bolton
1.0163.6A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite
1.0063.87Deliver Us From Evil by Ravi Zacharias
1.0042.85Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big by Jose Canseco
1.0033.85Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
0.9954.04The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
0.994.29The Golf Omnibus by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9774.1Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks
0.9734.11The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception by John MacArthur
0.9714.09The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9693.8Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy by Jane Leavy
0.9653.99How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
0.9514.07Can Man Live Without God? by Ravi Zacharias
0.9513.69Nothing 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
0.9474.05The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die by John Piper
0.9454.02A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper
0.9423.69Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball by Bob Costas
0.9413.64The Little Nugget by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9394.25The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
0.9353.91Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
0.9343.75Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
0.9284.11Uneasy Money by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9183.7National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures by Peter Burian
0.9174.1Logical Chess, Move By Move by Irving Chernev
0.9133.95Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
0.9134.25Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
0.9134.18Nine Innings by Daniel Okrent
0.9113.93Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin by P. G. Wodehouse
0.9113.79The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
0.9083.98Art and Illusion by E. H. Gombrich
0.9083.59The Victors : Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.9064.03Do 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
0.9013.87The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes
0.8983.77Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger
0.8934.29Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
0.893.86The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
0.8843.51Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer
0.8794.18Uncle 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
0.8754.28Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
0.8744.071776 by David McCullough
0.874.15Lord Emsworth and others by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8584.27The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
0.8553.76Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball's Lunatic Fringe by Sam Walker
0.8554.04The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8524.38Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper
0.8474.3The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin
0.8464.15Thank You, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8453.91Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin
0.843.71To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.8394.23The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
0.8393.81Rumpole Rests His Case by John Mortimer
0.8384.12D-Day June 6 1944: the Climatic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.8324.31The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
0.8314.1Jeeves in the Offing by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8314.19Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein
0.8294.29Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas
0.8263.98Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
0.8223.91Michelangelo & The Pope's Ceiling by Ross King
0.8224.3Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges
0.8214.11The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
0.8194.21Uncle Fred in the Springtime by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8134.05How Now Shall We Live? by Charles W. Colson
0.8134.23An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
0.8093.87Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss
0.8074.41Knowing God by J. I. Packer
0.8064.28Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse
0.8054.28Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper
0.8054.13History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present by Beaumont Newhall
0.8033.58The wild blue : the men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany, 1944-1945 by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.8034.05October 1964 by David Halberstam
0.8034.26All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
0.8013.93What 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
0.7964.4God's Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards by John Piper
0.7954.27All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
0.7923.76The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
0.793.76Rumpole and the Reign of Terror by John Mortimer
0.794.06Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer
0.794.22Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.7894.13Ball Four by Jim Bouton
0.7884.35The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller
0.7883.82The Girl in Blue by P. G. Wodehouse
0.7843.86Baseball 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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