Controversial Books for oafking

This page shows the most "controversial" books in this library, as measured by the highest standard deviation of members' star ratings.

Standard Deviation Average Rating Your Rating Title
1.21 2.79 Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World by Don Tapscott
1.187 3.77 Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond by Bruce C. N. Greenwald
1.162 3.44 The Art of War (Penguin Great Ideas) by Sun-tzu
1.152 3.68 How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
1.127 4.07 Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.122 3.32 The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity by Carlo M. Cipolla
1.111 3.72 Experience and Education by John Dewey
1.11 3.51 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American P... Association
1.103 3.84 Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
1.097 3.32 Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction by Morton D. Davis
1.092 3.75 The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life by Avinash K. Dixit
1.084 4.23 Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.074 3.75 All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks
1.069 3.63 On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis
1.068 3.96 The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
1.066 3.64 StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
1.063 3.62 Design as Art by Bruno Munari
1.057 4.01 The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy by Stephanie Kelton
1.056 3.72 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.054 3.74 Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
1.054 3.74 The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
1.046 4 Theory of Literature by Rene Wellek
1.041 4.15 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Ming-Dao Deng
1.037 3.76 The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1.036 3.54 Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
1.03 3.9 The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
1.03 3.85 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.025 3.97 Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Ernest Hemingway
1.021 4.03 The Undiscovered Self by C. G. Jung
1.02 3.59 Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace
1.017 3.7 The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
1.014 3.78 White Noise by Don DeLillo
1.013 3.97 Bestiary by Julio Cortázar
1.01 3.96 Red Rising by Pierce Brown
1.01 3.57 On the Abolition of All Political Parties by Simone Weil
1.01 3.88 Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel
1.005 3.79 The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto
1 3.85 The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
0.999 3.84 The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy by Jacob Burckhardt
0.997 4.1 The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
0.994 3.48 The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
0.994 3.8 The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes
0.992 4.05 Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
0.989 3.92 Faust I & II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
0.987 3.61 Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
0.986 3.42 This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress (Edge Question Series) by John Brockman
0.979 3.66 Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō
0.975 3.89 Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
0.974 4.15 The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library Classics) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
0.973 4.13 Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
0.968 3.84 The Art of War by Sun Tzu
0.967 3.73 Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
0.965 3.97 The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
0.962 3.91 The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains by Robert H. Lustig
0.961 3.9 The Aeneid by Virgil
0.96 3.97 Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber
0.959 3.75 One Up On Wall Street : How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market by Peter Lynch
0.958 4.2 Discourses, Fragments, Handbook by Epictetus
0.957 3.88 The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
0.956 3.91 The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence by Benoit Mandelbrot
0.956 4.03 The Iliad by Homer
0.956 4.22 Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage by Paulo Freire
0.954 4.05 The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter Senge
0.948 3.8 Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
0.948 3.41 The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
0.946 4 The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts
0.944 4.16 Leaves of Grass (1855 edition) by Walt Whitman
0.944 3.99 Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
0.943 3.72 Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions by Alberto Manguel
0.942 4.03 The Odyssey by Homer
0.94 4.02 The Sundering Flood by William Morris
0.939 4.05 The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday
0.939 3.81 Become What You Are by Alan Watts
0.938 3.51 Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler
0.936 3.79 Ars amatoria [in translation] by Ovid
0.936 3.72 The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
0.933 3.84 The Saga of the Volsungs by Anonymous
0.933 4.09 The Once and Future King by T. H. White
0.932 3.74 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
0.928 4.09 The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
0.925 3.68 The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization by Jon R. Katzenbach
0.925 4.05 A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B Irvine
0.922 3.96 Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
0.92 4.23 A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
0.918 4.18 The Complete Poetry of John Milton by John Milton
0.917 3.86 The Mabinogion by Anonymous
0.916 4.02 Basic Writings by Martin Heidegger
0.916 4.18 Hyperion by Dan Simmons
0.912 3.87 La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri
0.912 4.14 The Open Society and Its Enemies, Volume I: The Spell of Plato by Karl Raimund Popper
0.911 4.02 Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
0.909 3.82 The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
0.905 3.63 The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood
0.905 4.1 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
0.904 3.91 Against Interpretation: And Other Essays by Susan Sontag
0.9 3.85 The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
0.9 4.04 Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.899 3.57 How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Fish
0.898 4.01 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
0.898 3.88 The Art of Dramatic Writing; Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives by Lajos Egri
0.898 4.01 Antigone / Oedipus Rex / Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
0.897 4.03 Man and His Symbols by Carl Gustav Jung
0.896 4.04 On the Shortness of Life [and other works] by Seneca
0.896 3.27 Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present by Mark Costello
0.895 3.92 The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle
0.893 4.11 Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
0.891 4.11 Metamorphoses [in translation] by Ovid
0.891 3.74 Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
0.891 3.6 The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl
0.89 3.97 The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
0.889 3.92 The Little Zen Companion by David Schiller
0.888 3.65 Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant
0.888 4.15 Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse by John Hollander
0.888 3.88 War and the Iliad by Simone Weil
0.887 4.01 The Malloreon, Volume Two by David Eddings
0.886 4.13 Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
0.885 4.12 A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
0.885 3.98 The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
0.885 4.11 Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino
0.882 4.14 On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
0.882 4.12 The Poetic Edda by Anonymous
0.882 4.15 The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh
0.881 4 The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
0.88 4.11 The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham
0.878 3.83 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.878 3.92 The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
0.877 4.21 Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature by Jorge Luis Borges
0.874 4.02 The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland
0.874 3.72 SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt
0.873 4.15 On Writing Well by William Zinsser
0.872 3.94 The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers by Robert L. Heilbroner
0.872 4.08 Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez
0.872 4.05 The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
0.871 4.15 A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments by David Foster Wallace
0.87 4.01 The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction by Stephen Koch
0.866 4.3 The Elements of Style: A Practical Encyclopedia of Interior Architectural Details from 1485 to the Present by Stephen Calloway
0.865 4.15 Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
0.865 3.87 Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
0.864 3.83 The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson
0.863 4.14 The Belgariad, Volume One by David Eddings
0.863 3.83 Number9Dream by David Mitchell
0.862 4.09 The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
0.862 4.19 The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
0.861 4.11 Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
0.86 3.9 The Golden Bough by James George Frazer
0.86 3.52 The Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus : Atheniensis
0.86 4.05 Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981–1991 by Salman Rushdie
0.86 4.03 Why I Write - essay by George Orwell
0.858 4.03 The Malloreon, Volume One by David Eddings
0.858 3.66 The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
0.857 4.05 Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy by Joseph A. Schumpeter
0.856 4.25 Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett
0.855 3.86 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo by Gawain Poet
0.854 4.08 The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
0.854 4.05 My System: A Treatise on Chess by Aron Nimzovich
0.853 3.98 TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
0.852 4.27 The Princess Bride by William Goldman
0.852 4.36 The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
0.851 4.24 The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
0.851 3.93 A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
0.85 4.21 The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
0.848 4.12 The White Album by Joan Didion
0.847 3.76 Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
0.847 3.91 So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
0.846 3.84 Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes
0.845 3.95 Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton
0.843 3.73 Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky
0.843 4.22 Golden Son by Pierce Brown
0.842 3.95 Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002 by Salman Rushdie
0.842 4.04 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
0.842 3.88 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
0.841 4.18 Taliessin through Logres, The Region of the Summer Stars, and Arthurian Torso by Charles Williams
0.841 3.67 What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
0.84 4 The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman
0.839 3.96 The Republic and Other Works by Plato
0.838 4.38 Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
0.836 3.92 The New Kings of Nonfiction by Ira Glass
0.836 3.65 A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton
0.835 3.7 Isaac Newton by James Gleick
0.83 3.83 How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
0.83 4.27 Morning Star by Pierce Brown
0.83 4.2 Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
0.828 4.2 Daytripper by Gabriel Ba
0.825 4.33 The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
0.825 4.21 The Belgariad, Volume Two by David Eddings
0.822 4.12 The Histories by Herodotus
0.822 3.94 The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.822 3.85 The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph E. Stiglitz
0.821 4.22 Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
0.821 4.27 The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume Two, Parts III-IV) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
0.819 4.24 Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
0.819 3.49 Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
0.818 4.22 Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman
0.817 4.14 Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
0.816 3.67 A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin
0.814 4.17 The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth
0.814 4.2 The Open Society and Its Enemies, Vol. 2: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath by Karl R. Popper
0.809 4.48 Xanathar's Guide to Everything by Jeremy Crawford
0.807 4 Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian
0.805 3.69 A Hero Born: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 1 by Yong Jin
0.803 3.76 Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett
0.802 3.92 Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician by Anthony Everitt
0.801 4.18 Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
0.796 4.33 The Waste Land and Other Writings (Modern Library Classics) by T. S. Eliot
0.793 3.83 Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
0.792 4.06 Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
0.79 4.28 Stoner by John Williams
0.789 4.21 Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
0.788 3.92 Eirik The Red and Other Icelandic Sagas by Gwyn Jones
0.787 4.17 Augustus by John Williams
0.786 4.06 Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler
0.783 4.02 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
0.783 4.05 Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
0.776 4.1 Beren and Lúthien by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.774 3.79 The Fall of Arthur by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.771 4.45 The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
0.77 4.21 Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
0.769 4.39 Dungeon Master's Guide by Wizards of the Coast
0.768 4.43 The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
0.767 4.43 Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
0.766 3.83 Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
0.761 4.18 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
0.761 4.16 Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer
0.758 4.45 The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume Three, Parts V-VII) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
0.757 3.75 Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max
0.756 4.5 The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
0.754 4.18 Albert Camus: The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays by Albert Camus
0.749 4.1 The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton
0.747 4.3 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
0.738 4.1 The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff
0.734 3.58 Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson
0.732 4.14 SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
0.728 4.45 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
0.728 4.2 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
0.72 3.66 Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace
0.717 4.4 Selected Non-Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
0.715 4.35 Player's Handbook by Wizards of the Coast
0.71 4.29 How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh
0.708 4.55 The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) by Joseph Campbell
0.7 3.5 How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton
0.693 4.07 Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do by Meredith Maran
0.692 4.25 Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze
0.67 4.6 Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
0.666 4.16 Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race {2017} by Beverly Daniel Tatum
0.65 4.11 Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Philip Pullman
0.634 4.28 Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell