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Old 05-03-2013, 01:46 AM
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I recently have found myself more and more interested in non-fiction.

So, what is your favorite non-fiction book?

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I really haven't read much non-fiction. I did enjoy reading about Helen Keller years ago. Usually the closest I get to non-fiction are books based on real events but still fictional.
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Life-Tim.../dp/0747506558

The life and times of the English language, an absolute treasure trove for any writer.
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I have two non-fiction that I go back to time and again

The Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands

The Psychopath Test - John Ronson
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Originally Posted by littlemel View Post
I recently have found myself more and more interested in non-fiction.

So, what is your favorite non-fiction book?
Any recommendations?
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Astronomy! I read Carl Sagan's books back in the day. Now I'm reading Bob Berman.
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Bill Bryson's books are awesome. Extremely funny and insightful.

I read the diary of Anne Frank not too long ago, and I really enjoyed that too. Though 'enjoy' isn't really the right word to use considering the circumstances in the book :P I just found it really fascinating to read about how she experiences everything that's going on, and I was surprised at how light and positive she wrote about things.

'A year in the merde' and 'In the merde for Love' by Stephen Clarke are also very funny -- France and French customs viewed through the eyes of a witty Brit. Having lived in France for a couple of years, I enjoyed it tremendously because I recognised so much, but I think it should also be a very good read if you're not used to being around French people

Edit: Oh! And the book 'John,' about John Lennon, written by Cynthia Lennon, is also excellent. Really excellent.
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Adeline Yen-Mah's autobiography was beautiful (I think it was called Chinese Cinderella).

Then there's 'Crap Lyrics' by John Sharpe. The title's self-explanatory. It's one of those books that you'll read and giggle at on long car journeys. Really, it's absolutely brilliant.
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When it comes to non-fiction, I am a fan of biographies. I just read a book about the racehorse John Henry recently that was great stuff. Also, I like reading biographies on musicians, movie stars, and sports personalities also.
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1453: The Fall of Constantinople by Steven Runicman. It reads like a novel, fantastic book.
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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Much, much, much better than the movie. lol
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I bought Kings, Queens, Bones, and Bastards a few months back. the who's who of the English Monarchy.

Also the bedside bathtub & armchair companion to shakespeare
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Either Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols, which is an incredibly well written summary of the salient points of his entire philosophy written just before he went mad and ordered the German Emperor to kill himself, or else Donald Keene's massive four-volume history of Japanese literature, which is just staggering in its scope and absolutely fascinating in subject matter.
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Well I read a lot of true crime books, I personally love anything by Colin Wilson, they are more collections of events that have happened but still good reads I guess.
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It would have to be The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
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"The Language Instinct" by Steven Pinker
"The sense of Style" by Steven Pinker
"Hitch 22" -- Christopher Kitchens (autobiography)
"Economic Calculation In The Socialist Commonwealth" by Ludwig von Mises
"Being and Time" by Heiidegger
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Thirty Minute Meals by Rachel Ray.
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Wow, thats a difficult question. Probably the most important for me is To the Finland Station, by Edmund Wilson.
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Probably The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins.
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Dave Sedaris is always entertaining. A lot of his short non-fiction, slice-of-life type stories are available online.
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My wife has Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day -- I've only read a few of the essays in it -- they were hilarious.
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For me it's collections of soldiers' contemporary accounts from the First World War, such as Tommy and The Soldiers' War. As well as providing real insight into the horrors they experienced, there are occasional glimpses of humanity at its finest with the care and compassion shown for others.

I remember there was a particular book I read in my teens (that I've sadly been unable to find again since borrowing) that collected diary entries, letters, and other accounts from German soldiers - I was struck by how closely they echoed the words of their British counterparts.
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Inkylinks, check out the 'Forgotten Voices' series. There are books covering the two world wars and - most harrowing - the holocaust. All are made up of first person accounts, diary entries etc and give incredible insights.
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Thanks for the tip, Mike C. I own Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust (predictably a difficult, intense read due to the content; needs to be digested in small chunks, I find), but hadn't realised it was one of a series.
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Excluding philosophy (of which I am fairly well-versed, though I couldn't think of a personal favourite out of the many titles I've read), I'd have to pick The Adventures of Ibn Battuta. I was forced to read it for my first college-level history course, and I very quickly fell in love.
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The novel by Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit.

If this were NONfiction people would say it was unbelievable.

Here is a short but good video/documentary about both Hillenbrand and the book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jR6oRHtR7U

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I tend to be fond of non-fiction books that recount a good investigative journalism story. A couple that are sitting around my room right now are:

Betrayal - The Boston Globe
Crazy town - Robyn Doolittle
All the presidents men - Woodward & Bernstein

I'd also recommend the work of John Krakauer. I've enjoyed most of the things he's come out with over the years. 'Into thin air' and 'into the wild,' in particular.

Last but not least, Isaac Deutscher's 'Prophet' trilogy is probably the best biography I've ever got my hands on. Deutscher had a talent for unfolding historical events in an extremely readable way and his subject led a life reminiscent of a Greek tragedy.
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