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The Guardian - The 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books

After keen debate at the Guardian's books desk, this is our list of the very best factual writing, organised by category, and then by date.
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The Shock of the New
The Shock of the New
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The Story of Art
The Story of Art
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Ways of Seeing (John Berger)
Ways of Seeing (John Berger)
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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Giorgio Vasari)
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Giorgio Vasari)
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The Life of Samuel Johnson
The Life of Samuel Johnson
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The Diary of Samuel Pepys
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
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Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey
Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey
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Goodbye to All That
Goodbye to All That
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The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
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Notes on Camp (Susan Sontag)
Notes on Camp (Susan Sontag)
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Mythologies
Mythologies
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Orientalism
Orientalism
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Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
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The Revenge of Gaia
The Revenge of Gaia
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The Histories
The Histories
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
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The History of England (Lord Macaulay)
The History of England (Lord Macaulay)
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Eichmann in Jerusalem (Hannah Arendt)
Eichmann in Jerusalem (Hannah Arendt)
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THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS by E. P. Thompson
THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS by E. P. Thompson
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
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Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (Studs Terkel)
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (Studs Terkel)
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Shah of Shahs
Shah of Shahs
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The Age of Extremes a History of the World 1914 - 1991 (Eric Hobsbawm)
The Age of Extremes a History of the World 1914 - 1991 (Eric Hobsbawm)
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
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Postwar (Tony Judt)
Postwar (Tony Judt)
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THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER by Janet Malcolm
THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER by Janet Malcolm
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
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Dispatches (Michael Herr)
Dispatches (Michael Herr)
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The Lives of the English Poets (Samuel Johnson)
The Lives of the English Poets (Samuel Johnson)
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An Image of Africa (Chinua Achebe)
An Image of Africa (Chinua Achebe)
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The Uses of Enchantment
The Uses of Enchantment
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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Confessions
Confessions
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Frederick Douglass)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Frederick Douglass)
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De Profundis (Oscar Wilde)
De Profundis (Oscar Wilde)
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom (T.E. Lawrence)
Seven Pillars of Wisdom (T.E. Lawrence)
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The Story of My Experiments With Truth (Mohandas K. Gandhi)
The Story of My Experiments With Truth (Mohandas K. Gandhi)
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Homage to Catalonia (George Orwell)
Homage to Catalonia (George Orwell)
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The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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Speak, Memory (Vladimir Nabokov)
Speak, Memory (Vladimir Nabokov)
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