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Best Critical Thinking Books: 20 Top Books on How to Think Critically

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Best Critical Thinking Books

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The 20 Best Critical Thinking Books Of All Time

Why these best critical thinking books and not others? The best critical thinking books below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.

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Best Critical Thinking Books: The Demon-Haunted World
1. The Demon-Haunted World – Carl Sagan

Science as a Candle in the Dark
Published 1996 // 459 pages // Rated 4.3 over 64,000 reviews on Goodreads
Best Critical Thinking Books: Fooled by Randomness
2. Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
Published 2001 // 368 pages // Rated 4.1 over 53,200 reviews on Goodreads
Best Critical Thinking Books: How to Read a Book
3. How to Read a Book – Mortimer J. Adler (FREE Summary)

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
THE classic guide to reading faster, deeper and more effectively than you ever realised was possible – by deep-thinkers, philosophers and life-long learners, M. Adler and C. van Doren.
Published 1940 // 426 pages // Rated 4.0 over 20,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Critical Thinking Books: Freakonomics
4. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Published 2005 // 268 pages // Rated 4.0 over 757,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Critical Thinking Books: Predictably Irrational
5. Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely

The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Published 2007 // 400 pages // Rated 4.1 over 110,600 reviews on Goodreads
6. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Published 2011 // 499 pages // Rated 4.2 over 361,400 reviews on Goodreads
7. Poor Charlie’s Almanack – Charles T. Munger

The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
Published 2005 // 512 pages // Rated 4.5 over 7,200 reviews on Goodreads
8. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Published 2005 // 296 pages // Rated 3.9 over 524,200 reviews on Goodreads
9. Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

Published 2008 // 338 pages // Rated 4.1 over 40,500 reviews on Goodreads
10. How to Lie with Statistics – Darrell Huff

Published 1954 // 142 pages // Rated 3.9 over 12,700 reviews on Goodreads
11. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) – Carol Tavris

Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris
Published 2007 // 304 pages // Rated 4.0 over 24,200 reviews on Goodreads
12. The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Published 2007 // 366 pages // Rated 4.0 over 94,600 reviews on Goodreads
13. Antifragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Things That Gain from Disorder
Published 2012 // 426 pages // Rated 4.1 over 41,900 reviews on Goodreads
14. Factfulness – Hans Rosling

Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Published 2018 // 342 pages // Rated 4.3 over 134,200 reviews on Goodreads
15. How We Know What Isn’t So – Thomas Gilovich

The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
Published 1991 // 216 pages // Rated 4.0 over 3,000 reviews on Goodreads
16. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver

Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t
Published 2012 // 534 pages // Rated 4.0 over 47,000 reviews on Goodreads
17. How to Think about Weird Things – Theodore Schick Jr.

Critical Thinking for a New Age
Published 1994 // 338 pages // Rated 4.0 over 500 reviews on Goodreads
18. Why People Believe Weird Things – Michael Shermer

Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Published 1997 // 384 pages // Rated 3.9 over 9,400 reviews on Goodreads
19. Asking the Right Questions – M. Neil Browne

A Guide to Critical Thinking
Published 1981 // 212 pages // Rated 3.9 over 1,400 reviews on Goodreads
20. Black Box Thinking – Matthew Syed (FREE Summary)

Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes – But Some Do
A fascinating account of how cognitive biases and fixed mindsets cause individuals and institutions to fail to learn from their mistakes (and what to do about it) – by athlete and author, Matthew Syed.
Published 2015 // 320 pages // Rated 4.3 over 8,700 reviews on Goodreads

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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