The Modern Library's 100 Best Nonfiction: The Readers' List

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The readers' poll for the best nonfiction published in the English language since 1900 opened on April 29, 1999 and closed on September 30, 1999 with a total of 194,829 votes cast. It appears to have been heavily affected by a strong turnout from fans of Ayn Rand and L. Ron. Hubbard.

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Year Awarded:
1999
WorkOrder Label
The Virtue of Selfishness (1964) by Ayn Rand
1
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (1950) by L. Ron Hubbard
2
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (1991) by Leonard Peikoff
3
101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution: Ideas and Resources for Self-Liberation, Monkey Wrenching and Preparedness (1996) by Claire Wolfe
4
The God of the Machine (1943) by Isabel Paterson
5
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life : The Companion Book (1998) by Michael Paxton
6
The Ultimate Resource (1981) by Julian Lincoln Simon
7
Economics in One Lesson (1946) by Henry Hazlitt
8
Send In The Waco Killers: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1993-1998 (1999) by Vin Suprynowicz
9
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws (1998) by John R. Lott Jr.
10
Psychiatry, the Ultimate Betrayal (1995) by Bruce Wiseman
11
Fingerprints of the Gods (1995) by Graham Hancock
12
Classical Individualism: The Supreme Importance of Each Human Being (1998) by Tibor R. Machan
13
Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (1980) by Milton Friedman
14
Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society (1993) by Peter McWilliams
15
The Road to Serfdom (1944) by F. A. Hayek
16
The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents: The Definitive Edition (1944) by F. A. Hayek
16
Freedom in Chains : The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen (1891) by James Bovard
17
America's Great Depression (1963) by Murray Rothbard
18
The Roosevelt Myth (1948) by John T. Flynn
19
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951) by Eric Hoffer
20
Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America (1997) by Thomas G. West
21
The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas (1942) by Carl Becker
22
Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders (1976) by Aaron T. Beck
23
Death by Government (1994) by R. J. Rummel
24
A Room of One's Own (1929) by Virginia Woolf
25
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (1995) by Dava Sobel
26
Ordinarily Sacred (Studies in Religion and Culture) (1982) by Lynda Sexson
27
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (1947) by Vladimir Nabokov
28
The Art of Memory (1966) by Frances A. Yates
29
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (1992) by John Taylor Gatto
30
The Golden Bough (1890) by James George Frazer
31
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (1996) by Stephen E. Ambrose
32
A Modern Prophet: Answers Your Key Questions About Life (1998) by Harold Klemp
33
The Flute of God (1832) by Paul Twitchell
34
Real Presences (1989) by George Steiner
35
Out of Africa (1937) by Isak Dinesen
36
Ways of Seeing (1972) by John Berger
37
The Shadow University: The Betrayal Of Liberty On America's Campuses (1998) by Alan Charles Kors
38
Property Matters: How Property Rights Are Under Assault and Why You Should Care (1997) by James V. DeLong
39
Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream (1987) by Jay Stevens
40
Homage to Catalonia (1938) by George Orwell
42
The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) by William James
43
How to lie with statistics (1954) by Darrell Huff
44
But Is It True?: A Citizens Guide to Environmental Health and Safety Issues (1995) by Aaron Wildavsky
45
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995) by John Allen Paulos
46
Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (1957) by Northrop Frye
47
The Mainspring of Human Progress (1947) by Henry Grady Weaver
48
Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties (2001) by Paul Johnson
49
Men to Match My Mountains: The Opening of the Far West, 1840-1900 (1956) by Irving Stone
50
The Education of Henry Adams (1907) by Henry Adams
51
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (1972) by David McCullough
52
American Gay (1996) by Stephen O. Murray
53
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (1969) by James D. Watson
54
The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction (1967) by Frank Kermode
55
The Gnostic Gospels (1979) by Elaine Pagels
56
Eros the Bittersweet (1986) by Anne Carson
57
The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages (1994) by Harold Bloom
58
The White Goddess (1948) by Robert Graves
59
Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression (1992) by Mary J. Ruwart
60
Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson
61
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) by Annie Dillard
62
Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990) by Camille Paglia
63
Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill
64
A Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State (1998) by David Kelley
65
The Doors of Perception (1954) by Aldous Huxley
66
The Discovery of Freedom: Man's Struggle Against Authority (1943) by Rose Wilder Lane
67
More Liberty Means Less Government (1998) by Walter E. Williams
68
Libertarianism: A Primer (1997) by David Boaz
69
Beyond Liberal and Conservative: Reassessing the Political Spectrum (1984) by William S. Maddox
70
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles (1987) by Thomas Sowell
71
Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government (1991) by P. J. O'Rourke
72
Separating School & State: How to Liberate America's Families (1994) by Sheldon Richman
73
The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress (1998) by Virginia Postrel
74
The Elements of Style (1959) by William Jr. Strunk
75
Orientalism (1978) by Edward W. Said
76
Ecoterror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature : The World of the Unabomber (1997) by Ron Arnold
77
Why Government Doesn't Work (1995) by Harry Browne
78
Out of the Crisis (1982) by W. Edwards Deming
79
Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth As History (1996) by Mary Lefkowitz
80
The End of Racism (1995) by Dinesh D'Souza
81
A Japanese Mirror: Heroes and Villains of Japanese Culture (1984) by Ian Buruma
82
In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the New Tyranny of Ecology (1995) by Alston Chase
83
Private Parts (1993) by Howard Stern
84
The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech (1989) by Avital Ronell
85
The Minuteman: Returning to an Army of the People (1998) by Gary Hart
86
The Greatest Story Never Told: A Scientific Inquiry into the Evidence of the Fall of Man from a Higher Civilization in Antiquity (1988) by Lana Corrine Cantrell
88
Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey (1997) by David Horowitz
89
Under the Sign of Saturn (1980) by Susan Sontag
90
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) by Malcolm X
91
A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire (1997) by Janice A. Radway
92
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) by Joseph Campbell
93
The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs (1970) by Daniel Odier
94
Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and Some Comics--A Collection of Written Interviews (1994) by Samuel R. Delany
95
Slats Grobnik and some other friends (1973) by Mike Royko
96
The rise of the unmeltable ethnics; politics and culture in the seventies (1971) by Michael Novak
97
Reverse Angle: A Decade of American Film (1981) by John Simon
98
Placing Movies: The Practice of Film Criticism (1995) by Jonathan Rosenbaum
99
Right from the Beginning (1988) by Patrick J. Buchanan
100

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The goal of the "100 Best" project was to get people talking about great books. We succeeded beyond our wildest imaginings -- more than 400,000 avid readers rushed online to cast votes for their favorite books.


The readers' poll for the best nonfiction published in the English language since 1900 opened on April 29, 1999 and closed on September 30, 1999 with a total of 194,829 votes cast. It appears to have been heavily affected by a strong turnout from fans of Ayn Rand and L. Ron. Hubbard.

This is The Readers' List. See also The Board's List

(English, Member-written)

The work at #41, "The Texan" by C.S. Barrios, is to date not catalogued on LibraryThing.

(English, Technical/disambiguation notice)

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