Best Nonfiction Books

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Stillness is the Key
by Ryan Holiday
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by Scott Young
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10 Best Nonfiction Books of All-Time

This is my list of the 10 best nonfiction books. These are the pillar books that have helped shape my thinking and approach to life. In my opinion, these are 10 nonfiction books everyone should read. They are listed here in no particular order.

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer
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Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
by Richard P. Feynman
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
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Manual for Living
by Epictetus
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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert Cialdini
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by Marcus Aurelius
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A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking
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The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
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This is Water
by David Foster Wallace
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The Best Nonfiction Books by Category

In addition to the top 10 nonfiction books listed above, I have put together more specific book recommendations by category. The top one or two books in each category are listed at the beginning of each page. Simply click the links below to check them out.

  1. Best Art and Creativity Books
  2. Best Biographies and Memoirs
  3. Best Business Books
  4. Best Fitness Books
  5. Best History Books
  6. Best Philosophy Books
  7. Best Psychology Books
  8. Best Science Books
  9. Best Self-Help Books
  10. Best Writing Books

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