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The 100 greatest non-fiction books Pt.2 (Guardian)

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The Journalist and the Murderer
The Journalist and the Murderer
"An examination of the moral dilemmas at the heart of the journalist's trade"
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test
"The man in the white suit follows Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they drive across the US in a haze of LSD"
Dispatches (Picador)
Dispatches (Picador)
"A vivid account of Herr's experiences of the Vietnam war"
The Lives of the Poets: A Selection (Oxford World's Classics)
The Lives of the Poets: A Selection (Oxford World's Classics)
"Biographical and critical studies of 18th-century poets, which cast a sceptical eye on their lives and works"
An Image of Africa/ The Trouble with Nigeria (Penguin Great Ideas)
An Image of Africa/ The Trouble with Nigeria (Penguin Great Ideas)
"Achebe challenges western cultural imperialism in his argument that Heart of Darkness is a racist novel, which deprives its African characters of humanity"
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (Penguin Psychology)
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (Penguin Psychology)
"Bettelheim argues that the darkness of fairy tales offers a means for children to grapple with their fears"
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (20th anniversary edition with a new preface by the author)
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (20th anniversary edition with a new preface by the author)
"A whimsical meditation on music, mind and mathematics that explores formal complexity and self-reference"
Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
"Rousseau establishes the template for modern autobiography with this intimate account of his own life"
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (American Library)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (American Library)
"This vivid first person account was one of the first times the voice of the slave was heard in mainstream society"
de Profundis
de Profundis
"Imprisoned in Reading Gaol, Wilde tells the story of his affair with Alfred Douglas and his spiritual development"
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
"A dashing account of Lawrence's exploits during the revolt against the Ottoman empire"
An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
"A classic of the confessional genre, Gandhi recounts early struggles and his passionate quest for self-knowledge"
Homage to Catalonia (Penguin Modern Classics)
Homage to Catalonia (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Orwell's clear-eyed account of his experiences in Spain offers a portrait of confusion and betrayal during the civil war"
The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl
"Published by her father after the war, this account of the family's hidden life helped to shape the post-war narrative of the Holocaust"
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin Modern Classics)
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Nabokov reflects on his life before moving to the US in 1940"
The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka
The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka
"A powerful autobiographical account of Soyinka's experiences in prison during the Nigerian civil war"
The Periodic Table (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Periodic Table (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A vision of the author's life, including his life in the concentration camps, as seen through the kaleidoscope of chemistry"
Bad Blood: A Memoir
Bad Blood: A Memoir
"Sage demolishes the fantasy of family as she tells how her relatives passed rage, grief and frustrated desire down the generations"
The Interpretation of Dreams (Oxford World's Classics)
The Interpretation of Dreams (Oxford World's Classics)
"Freud's argument that our experiences while dreaming hold the key to our psychological lives launched the discipline of psychoanalysis and transformed western culture"
The Romantic Generation (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
The Romantic Generation (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
"Rosen examines how 19th-century composers extended the boundaries of music, and their engagement with literature, landscape and the divine"
The Symposium (Penguin Great Ideas)
The Symposium (Penguin Great Ideas)
"A lively dinner-party debate on the nature of love"
Meditations (Penguin Classics)
Meditations (Penguin Classics)
"A series of personal reflections, advocating the preservation of calm in the face of conflict, and the cultivation of a cosmic perspective"
Essays (Penguin Classics)
Essays (Penguin Classics)
"Montaigne's wise, amusing examination of himself, and of human nature, launched the essay as a literary form"
The Anatomy Of Melancholy (NYRB Classics)
The Anatomy Of Melancholy (NYRB Classics)
"Burton examines all human culture through the lens of melancholy"
Meditations on First Philosophy: with Selections from the Objections and Replies (Oxford World's Classics)
Meditations on First Philosophy: with Selections from the Objections and Replies (Oxford World's Classics)
"Doubting everything but his own existence, Descartes tries to construct God and the universe"