The 100 greatest non-fiction books Pt.1 (Guardian)

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The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change
1.  The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change by Robert Hughes
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  "Hughes charts the story of modern art, from cubism to the avant garde"
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The Story of Art
2.  The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich
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  "The most popular art book in history. Gombrich examines the technical and aesthetic problems confronted by artists since the dawn of time"
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Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.  Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Berger
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  "A study of the ways in which we look at art, which changed the terms of a generation's engagement with visual culture"
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Giovan Pietro Bellori: The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects: A New Translation and Critical Edition
4.  Giovan Pietro Bellori: The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects: A New Translation and Critical Edition by Hellmut Wohl
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  "Biography mixes with anecdote in this Florentine-inflected portrait of the painters and sculptors who shaped the Renaissance"
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Life of Samuel Johnson (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature)
5.  Life of Samuel Johnson (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) by James Boswell
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  "Boswell draws on his journals to create an affectionate portrait of the great lexicographer"
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The Diaries of Samuel Pepys - A Selection (Penguin Classics)
6.  The Diaries of Samuel Pepys - A Selection (Penguin Classics) by Samuel Pepys
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  ""Blessed be God, at the end of the last year I was in very good health," begins this extraordinarily vivid diary of the Restoration period"
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Eminent Victorians (Oxford World's Classics)
7.  Eminent Victorians (Oxford World's Classics) by Lytton Strachey
The list author says:
  "Strachey set the template for modern biography, with this witty and irreverent account of four Victorian heroes"
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Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics)
8.  Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics) by Robert Graves
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  "Graves' autobiography tells the story of his childhood and the early years of his marriage, but the core of the book is his account of the brutalities and banalities of the first world war"
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The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Penguin Modern Classics)
9.  The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Penguin Modern Classics) by Gertrude Stein
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  "Stein's groundbreaking biography, written in the guise of an autobiography, of her lover"
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Against Interpretation and Other Essays (Penguin Modern Classics)
10.  Against Interpretation and Other Essays (Penguin Modern Classics) by Susan Sontag
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  "Sontag's proposition that the modern sensibility has been shaped by Jewish ethics and homosexual aesthetics"
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Mythologies (Vintage Classics)
11.  Mythologies (Vintage Classics) by Roland Barthes
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  "Barthes gets under the surface of the meanings of the things which surround us in these witty studies of contemporary myth-making"
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Orientalism
12.  Orientalism by Edward W. Said
The list author says:
  "Said argues that romanticised western representations of Arab culture are political and condescending"
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Silent Spring (Penguin Modern Classics)
13.  Silent Spring (Penguin Modern Classics) by Rachel Carson
The list author says:
  "This account of the effects of pesticides on the environment launched the environmental movement in the US"
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The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity
14.  The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity by James Lovelock
The list author says:
  "Lovelock's argument that once life is established on a planet, it engineers conditions for its continued survival, revolutionised our perception of our place in the scheme of things"
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The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
15.  The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) by Herodotus
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  "History begins with Herodotus's account of the Greco-Persian war"
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
16.  The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics) by Edward Gibbon
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  "The first modern historian of the Roman Empire went back to ancient sources to argue that moral decay made downfall inevitable"
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The History of England (English Library)
17.  The History of England (English Library) by Thomas Macaulay
The list author says:
  "A landmark study from the pre-eminent Whig historian"
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Eichmann in Jerusalem (Penguin Classics)
18.  Eichmann in Jerusalem (Penguin Classics) by Hannah Arendt
The list author says:
  "Arendt's reports on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, and explores the psychological and sociological mechanisms of the Holocaust"
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The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin History)
19.  The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin History) by E. P. Thompson
The list author says:
  "Thompson turned history on its head by focusing on the political agency of the people, whom most historians had treated as anonymous masses"
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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
20.  Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
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  "A moving account of the treatment of Native Americans by the US government"
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Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
21.  Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel
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  "Terkel weaves oral accounts of the Great Depression into a powerful tapestry"
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Shah of Shahs (Penguin Classics)
22.  Shah of Shahs (Penguin Classics) by Ryszard Kapuscinski
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  "The great Polish reporter tells the story of the last Shah of Iran"
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The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 (Vintage)
23.  The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 (Vintage) by Eric J. Hobsbawm
The list author says:
  "Hobsbawm charts the failure of capitalists and communists alike in this account of the 20th century"
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
24.  We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
The list author says:
  "Gourevitch captures the terror of the Rwandan massacre, and the failures of the international community"
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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
25.  Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
The list author says:
  "A magisterial account of the grand sweep of European history since 1945"
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