25 Non Fiction Books Everyone Should Read

Posted by , Updated on February 25, 2016

A good book is definitely worth a thousand words (and depending on the book even more…lots more). Though some people opt for a good fantasy lore or a romantic novel, there is something about a non-fiction book that challenges people to change. Hence, these 25 non fiction books everyone should read. But don’t take our word for it, check these out (and tell us what you think).

Bad Blood by Lorna Sage

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There are a lot of books about dysfunctional families but most are just patches from a lot of people’s harrowing experiences. Bad blood is like a quilt of those odds and ends as it unravels a tale of a family and the negativities overwhelming each generation until the writer of the memoir defies it all.


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Self discovery takes time and courage because sometimes, in order to find yourself, you have to do things you’ve never done before. That’s exactly what Elizabeth Gilbert did to save herself and the rest of her life.


The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

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Like most self help books, this one helps you simplify your life by targeting on the habits that are keeping you from moving forward. Leo Babauta’s principles maybe a little difficult to follow but with an open mind and a drive to declutter, a simple lifestyle is not impossible.


A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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Especially for those who have the knack for absorbing information about the universe and topics related to it, this best seller is a must read. Despite it’s seemingly complicated content, it has sold more than 10 million copies and has been in the London best-seller list for more than four years.


Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman

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This literary piece explains the propaganda model of the media which critiques the relationship between the mass media, corporations and the government. It’s a good read since the power of mass media these days influences all factors of the society.


Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

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Some points of this popular novel is a somewhat related to the previous item since it also talks about popular culture and the influences of the media. This epic encounter between a dying sociology professor and an erstwhile student had such a strong positive influence on readers that it was turned into a TV movie.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou has been an inspiration among Americans for the eye opening literary works she has shared. Her memoir touched several delicate topics like racism, identity and even rape but it has been loved and cherished by the world.


A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

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Gender sensitivity and preference in this symbolic essay written by one of the most celebrated and modernist writers in history. Although it has a fictional narrator and is a narrative which talks about women who are writers and characters of fiction, Virginia Woolf’s critically acclaimed work is considered non-fiction.


The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

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Like the previous items on this list, this 1949 book by Simone de Beauvoir tackles on the treatment of women throughout history. A major work of feminist philosophy, it radically exposes the intensity of oppression that women have to face and was published in two volumes. However, it received negative criticism because of the author’s personal stand on the subject of her work.


The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

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Claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, specifically modern political philosophy, this treatise defined the word Machiavellian as a pejorative term and gave the words politics and politicians negative connotations. This is a must read especially for those who want to understand politics in a realistic light rather than as an abstract ideal.


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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Richard Carlson was a psychotherapist and ran a stress management center when he wrote this inspirational book and the rest of his works. This best seller aims to uncover the secrets of still being effective despite the stresses of everyday living.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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For those business minded book aficionados: this one’s for you. Truth be told, this bestseller has sold a whopping 25 million copies in 38 languages worldwide. The audio version has also sold 15 million copies. It is also one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books”.


Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

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To put in simple terms, this Malcolm Gladwell book emphasizes how spontaneous decisions which are made in a blink of an eye can sometimes be better than the ones which were carefully planned and thought about a million times. It also mentions about how people have an instinctive ability to mind read. If that doesn’t intrigue you, then what could?


Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Also known as The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, this is an autobiography which covers the first fifty three years of the author’s life which was published four years after his death. Other than two autobiographies with religious themes that were published before Rousseau’s work, his is the earliest known writing which talked about the author’s own life in terms of experiences and personal feelings.


Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

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This shocking investigative book takes into account a gruesome murder of a mother and her baby; and it’s connection to a religion that has been subjected to criticism due to some beliefs which transcends the norms of the society.


Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane

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Another item on this list which deals with discrimination and prejudice, Mark Mathabane’s autobiography is about his life under the apartheid system in South Africa where he was born. Although it was banned in a number of schools due to very sensitive issues like child prostitution, the memoir received a score of awards since it was published.


Art of War by Sun tzu

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Considering the fact that a lot of world leaders in diverse backgrounds like General Douglas MacArthur and Mao Zedong has drawn inspiration from this ancient military treatise, then it is, of course, a must read. It has undoubtedly been famous due to its influence on the Eastern and Western military thinking; in business tactics and other aspects.


Night by Elie Wiesel

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World War II gave humanity that kind of suffering that would last forever. Although the events only spanned for less than a decade, its after effects lived on in the hearts of many. Elie Wiesel’s Night illustrated those harrowing events via his experiences with his father in a Nazi German concentration camp in 1944 to 1945.


The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino

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This book may look like just another corporate self-help book because of it’s title and packaging. But think again, not only do you obtain valuable trade secrets in salesmanship but spiritual motivation as well. Og Mandino’s bestseller like his other equally motivating books renders a different take on business as it forges a relationship with the heart and spirit of man.


The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

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M. Scott Peck’s bestselling inspirational book did not hit it off right away until he started having lectures and became known. The Road Less Traveled centers on the role of discipline as the main ingredient for a holistic disposition which he describes as “the means of spiritual evolution”.


The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

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Who doesn’t know Mahatma Gandhi? In case you want to know him a bit further despite him being a famous figure in World history, his autobiography will surely help you get to know more about his teachings and his quest in leading India to independence through non violent civil disobedience.


The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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Hiding in a sealed off annex during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands was not what Anne Frank initially cared about because she thought she had a whole life ahead of her. In this coming of age autobiography based on the diary that she kept, the life and passions of a teenage girl are beautifully unraveled through her own words.


The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama

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If it’s all about happiness then most often than not people would read through and find out how to achieve it. This philosophical book aims to help men understand that happiness is rooted more on the person’s state of mind rather than his environment. The systematic training of the heart and mind is explained and all other reflections by the Dalai Lama is beautifully written in this inspirational work.


The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

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We’ve always wondered what our dreams mean or if they really have any meaning at all. There are several books explaining what dreams mean, but perhaps the most celebrated is this one written by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud who vies dreams as a form of “wish-fulfillment” and “The Royal Road to the Unconscious”.


Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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Considered as one of the most translated works in world literature, this Chinese classic text dates back to the late 4th century BC and has been an inspiration to humanity for centuries especially across East Asia. “The Classic/Canon of the Way/Path and the Power/Virtue,” or simply “The Way” are just some of possible translations of the words in the title of the text which covers a variety of topics such as political advice for rulers and practical wisdom for people.

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