The best nonfiction books of all time: the full list | Books | The GuardianNarrative nonfiction—also known as creative nonfiction or literary nonfiction—is usually defined as nonfiction that uses the techniques and style of fiction characters, plot, conflict, scene-setting to tell a true story. This list a collection of 50 great narrative nonfiction books, although it easily could have been much longer. I also included just one book from any given author. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande—Medicine, life, and choices about how we die. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach—The strange science used to get astronauts ready for space. Newjack by Ted Conover—A journalist goes undercover as a prison officer in Sing Sing to better understand the penal system. Does Jesus Really Love Me?
The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list
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Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama This remarkably candid memoir revealed not only a literary talent, but a force that would change the face of US politics for ever. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe raised reportage to dazzling new levels in his quest to discover what makes a man fly to the moon. Orientalism by Edward Said This polemical masterpiece challenging western attitudes to the east is as topical today as it was on publication. The Making of the English Working Class by EP Thompson This influential, painstakingly compiled masterpiece reads as an anatomy of pre-industrial Britain — and a description of the lost experience of the common man. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson This classic of American advocacy sparked a nationwide outcry against the use of pesticides, inspired legislation that would endeavour to control pollution, and launched the modern environmental movement in the US. The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life by Richard Hoggart This influential cultural study of postwar Britain offers pertinent truths on mass communication and the interaction between ordinary people and the elites.