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Ten Best NonFiction Books

 

 

1.The Bible - King James Version

Whether you love it, hate it, deny it or are indifferent, it’s impossible to honestly deny its importance in the shaping of modern culture. The King James Version is the most widely known translation, and this standard text bible offers that version in a clear type.

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  2. Capital by Karl Marx

Whether you love it, hate it, deny it or are indifferent, it’s impossible to honestly deny its importance in the shaping of modern culture.  The secularists' bible: read this thing from cover to cover and you'll have some serious intellectual bragging rights.

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  3. The Republic by Plato

Using Socratic dialogues, Plato explores the meaning of truth, virtue and justice, and discusses the outlines of an ideal society led by philosopher kings.  The Republic was a building block of the societies we inhabit.

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  4. Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Smith outlined the theoretical make-up of capitalism in Wealth of Nations, the most important economics book ever. He conceptualized for the first time ideas such as the hidden hand of competition, free trade and the role of government in bringing about a productive society. If money makes the world go ‘round, it would be wise to learn how it operates.

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  5. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Darwin’s ideas about evolution and natural selection as outlined here transformed humanity’s view of itself. In addition, his concepts revolutionized science – even social sciences borrowed his concepts. No need to fear heavy or obscure text – Origin of Species has been a popular book since its first edition partly because it so readable.

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  6. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in the mid-nineteenth century. The popularity and longevity of his writings that emanated from that visit are due not just to his perception and analysis of America, but his prophetic analysis of the democratic revolution still in progress.

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  7. Discourse on Method by Rene Descartes

Descartes, the ultimate skeptic, started with the only fact he considered undeniably true: “I think, therefore I am.” Starting with this cornerstone, he laid the foundations of modern philosophy.

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  8. Memoirs of the Second World War by Winston Churchill

Memoirs of the Second World War is one abridged volume condensed from the original six. In it, Churchill lays out his view of World War II, but also writes inspirationally about the major event of the 20th century.

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  9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The wartime diary of a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis during World War II, this beloved and inspirational book brings an everyday human perspective to the terror of the Nazis.

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  10. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

A discredited figure according to some, Freud revolutionized the study of the inner world as much as Darwin did the outer. The Interpretation of Dreams outlines Freud’s theories of unconscious forces in terms of dreams, which he saw as symbolic wish fulfillment.

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