M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Why Good Nonfiction Books Matter
Whatever problem you’re facing, whatever you’re struggling with, whatever mentorship you feel you’re missing – your answers are out there, somewhere, in a nonfiction book.
Someone has been through this already. They’ve found the solution. They’ve learned the answers. They’ve spent years of their life researching and recording their discoveries, somewhere, in this ultimate list of must-read nonfiction books.
Looking for something specific? You’ll find breakdowns of my best nonfiction book recommendations, by topic, on the book recommendations page.
Curious which of these nonfiction books have most changed my life? Go check out some of my book summaries.
But if you’re just curious what the best nonfiction books of all time are; if you’re looking for a list of nonfiction book recommendations; if you want something inspiring to read next then you can stop looking.
Check out the list of nonfiction book recommendations below, pick the first title that jumps out at you and start reading!
Read wisely, read widely and read well.
(P.s., Enjoy this? Try this list of the 100 best fiction books of all time.)
The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time (by Rank)
Why these best nonfiction books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timelessly relevant (first publication date).
This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best nonfiction books ever published as decided by book lovers just like you. (Note: To maximise diversity, I only include the top ranking book from any series in a list.)
And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other best nonfiction books that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.
Until then, enjoy this ultimate list of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time...
Books 1-10: The Top 10 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time
The top 10 best nonfiction books of all time are...
Books 11-100: The Best Nonfiction Books to Read Next
Here are the next best nonfiction books from my database...
The 100 Best Nonfiction Books (by Publication Date)
One of my favourite ways to work through a reading list (both fiction and non-fiction) is chronologically.
It’s amazing to trace the development of and flow of influences in a subject.
So – for the nerds out there like me – here’s a bonus list of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time above, organised from earliest to latest publication date…
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