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

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The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change
The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change
"Hughes charts the story of modern art, from cubism to the avant garde"
The Story of Art
The Story of Art
"The most popular art book in history. Gombrich examines the technical and aesthetic problems confronted by artists since the dawn of time"
Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics)
Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A study of the ways in which we look at art, which changed the terms of a generation's engagement with visual culture"
Giovan Pietro Bellori: The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects: A New Translation and Critical Edition
Giovan Pietro Bellori: The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects: A New Translation and Critical Edition
"Biography mixes with anecdote in this Florentine-inflected portrait of the painters and sculptors who shaped the Renaissance"
The Life of Samuel Johnson (Classics of World Literature)
The Life of Samuel Johnson (Classics of World Literature)
"Boswell draws on his journals to create an affectionate portrait of the great lexicographer"
The Diaries of Samuel Pepys - A Selection (Penguin Classics)
The Diaries of Samuel Pepys - A Selection (Penguin Classics)
""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"
Eminent Victorians (Oxford World's Classics)
Eminent Victorians (Oxford World's Classics)
"Strachey set the template for modern biography, with this witty and irreverent account of four Victorian heroes"
Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics)
Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics)
"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"
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Stein's groundbreaking biography, written in the guise of an autobiography, of her lover"
Against Interpretation and Other Essays (Penguin Modern Classics)
Against Interpretation and Other Essays (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Sontag's proposition that the modern sensibility has been shaped by Jewish ethics and homosexual aesthetics"
Mythologies (Vintage Classics)
Mythologies (Vintage Classics)
"Barthes gets under the surface of the meanings of the things which surround us in these witty studies of contemporary myth-making"
Orientalism
Orientalism
"Said argues that romanticised western representations of Arab culture are political and condescending"
Silent Spring (Penguin Modern Classics)
Silent Spring (Penguin Modern Classics)
"This account of the effects of pesticides on the environment launched the environmental movement in the US"
The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity
The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity
"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"
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
"History begins with Herodotus's account of the Greco-Persian war"
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
"The first modern historian of the Roman Empire went back to ancient sources to argue that moral decay made downfall inevitable"
The History of England (English Library)
The History of England (English Library)
"A landmark study from the pre-eminent Whig historian"
Eichmann in Jerusalem (Penguin Classics)
Eichmann in Jerusalem (Penguin Classics)
"Arendt's reports on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, and explores the psychological and sociological mechanisms of the Holocaust"
The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin History)
The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin History)
"Thompson turned history on its head by focusing on the political agency of the people, whom most historians had treated as anonymous masses"
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
"A moving account of the treatment of Native Americans by the US government"
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
"Terkel weaves oral accounts of the Great Depression into a powerful tapestry"
Shah of Shahs (Penguin Classics)
Shah of Shahs (Penguin Classics)
"The great Polish reporter tells the story of the last Shah of Iran"
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991
"Hobsbawm charts the failure of capitalists and communists alike in this account of the 20th century"
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
"Gourevitch captures the terror of the Rwandan massacre, and the failures of the international community"
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
"A magisterial account of the grand sweep of European history since 1945"