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Book awards: The Guardian's 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All-Time

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Works (100)

TitlesOrder
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert1
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion2
No Logo by Naomi Klein3
Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes4
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama5
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking6
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe7
Orientalism by Edward W. Said8
Dispatches by Michael Herr9
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins10
North by Seamus Heaney11
Awakenings by Oliver Sacks12
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer13
Awopbopaloobop alopbamboom : the golden age of rock by Nik Cohn14
The Double Helix by James D. Watson15
Against Interpretation: And Other Essays by Susan Sontag16
Ariel by Sylvia Plath17
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan18
The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. Thompson19
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson20
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn21
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis22
The Elements of Style by William Jr. Strunk23
The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith24
The Uses of Literacy by Richard Hoggart25
Notes of a Native Son {essays} by James Baldwin26
The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form by Kenneth Clark27
The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History by Isaiah Berlin28
Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett29
A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David30
The Great Tradition by F. R. Leavis31
The Last Days of Hitler by H. R. Trevor-Roper32
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock33
Hiroshima by John Hersey34
The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper35
Black Boy by Richard Wright36
How to Cook a Wolf by M. F. K. Fisher37
Enemies of promise by Cyril Connolly38
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell39
The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron40
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie41
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain42
My Early Life: 1874-1904 by Winston S. Churchill43
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves44
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf45
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot46
Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed47
The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes48
The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States by H. L. Mencken49
Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey50
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois51
De Profundis by Oscar Wilde52
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James53
Brief Lives by John Aubrey54
The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant55
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain56
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson57
Nonsense Songs by Edward Lear58
Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold59
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin60
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill61
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole62
The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell63
Walden by Henry David Thoreau64
Roget's International Thesaurus by Peter Mark Roget65
London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew66
Household Education by Harriet Martineau67
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass68
Essays: First Series and Second Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson69
Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope70
American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition) by Noah Webster71
Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas De Quincey72
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb73
Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park74
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin75
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft76
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell77
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke78
The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano79
Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White80
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton81
The diary of Fanny Burney by Fanny Burney82
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon83
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith84
Common Sense by Thomas Paine85
A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson86
A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume87
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift88
A Tour through England and Wales by Daniel Defoe89
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke90
The Book of Common Prayer [1953] by Episcopal Church91
The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys92
Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial) and The Garden of Cyrus by Thomas Browne93
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes94
Areopagitica by John Milton95
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions by John Donne96
The First Folio of Shakespeare: The Norton Facsimile by William Shakespeare97
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton98
The History of the World by Sir Walter Raleigh99
The Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV) by Anonymous100

Award description

Robert McCrum's guide to the 100 greatest nonfiction books in English, published in full December 2017. 

Please note that this is a separate list from Guardian 100 Greatest Non-Fiction, published June 2011.

The Guardian's Hannah Jane Parkinson offers A response to the 100 best nonfiction books list. McCrum explains How I chose my list of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time.

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