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Non-fiction covers such a variety of things.  It is fun to read and it is inspiring.  It is often poignant and difficult, but rewarding.  It teaches us, it sends us into action, it makes us aware.  What are your favorite non-fiction books?  

My list (Some of the books are “based on” but I put them here as non-fiction because of the research).

1.   Diane Ackerman

   An Alchemy of Mind
   Deep Play
   A Slender Thread
   The Zookeeper’s Wife

2.   Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre

3.   Stephen Ambrose

   Citizen Soldier
   D Day
   Wild Blue

4.  And There Was Light: Autobiography of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance by Jacques Lusseyran

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5.   And Yet, I Am Here by Halina Nelken

6.   Frank McCourt

      Angela’s Ashes
      Teacher Man

7.    Al Gore

         Assault on Reason
         Our Choice

8.   Baghdad Burning I and II by Riverbend

     (I have not heard anything more from Riverbend since she left Iraq.  Have any of you?)

9.    James McPherson

            Battle Cry of Freedom
            Hallowed Ground

10.   Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks

11.   Bill of Wrongs by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose

12.   Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

13.   Taylor Branch

   Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963
   Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65
   At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68

14.   Bravest Battle: 28 Days of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Dan Kurzman

15.   Vera Brittain

     Testament of Youth
     Testament of Experience

16.   Brother, I Am Dying by Edwidge Danticat

17.   Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

18.   The Canoe Boys by Alastair Dunnett

19.   Cat from Hue by John Laurence

20.   Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See by Robert Kurson

21.  Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy by Donald R. Burgett

22.   The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet

23.  Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner, memoir Germany 1914-1934

24.  Don’t Call It Night by Amos Oz

25.   Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

26.  Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parkerand the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne

27.  Richard Feynman

    Surely You Are Joking, Mr. Feynman
    What Do You Care What Other People Think?
    The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
       Also the book by his daughter with pictures
                   Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track by Michelle Feynman  

28.   Jozef Garlinski

               Fighting Auschwitz
              The Survival of Love

29.   Gettysburg by Stephen Sears

30.  Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart

31.   Eugenia Ginzburg

     Journey into the Whirlwind
     Within the Whirlwind

32.   Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey  

33.   The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

34.   To the Castle and Back by Vaclav Havel

35.   Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley

36.   Homer Hickam

    Rocket Boys
    The Coalwood Way    
    Sky of Stone

37.   High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver (essays)

38.   Hiroshima by John Hersey

39.   Gabrielle Lusser Rico

            Writing the Natural Way  
            Pain and Possibility

40.    Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

41.   A Year in the Life of Shakespeare (1599) by James Shapiro      

42.   Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt

43.   An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art

44.   Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Spy…Virginia Hall by Judith Pearson

45.   Wild Trees by Richard Preston

46.  Will Eisner’s New York with into by Neil Gaiman  (graphic) by Will Eisner

47.   Elie Wiesel


48.   White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickenson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple

49.   1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart

50.   What Is the What by Dave Eggers, memoir based on the story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan and Valentino Achak Deng

51.   A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

52.   A Pirate of Exquisite Mind bio of William Dampier by Diana and Michael Preston

53.   Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire

54.   Voyager by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yaeger with Phil Patton

55.   Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21rst Century by Michio Kaku

56.   A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman

57.   Tell Me Another Morning by Zdena Berger

58.   Rory Stewart

    Places in Between (Afghanistan)
    Prince of Marshes (Iraq)

59.   Small Woman by Gladys Aylward

60.   Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

61.   Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb (Afghanistan)

62.   A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler,  by Jason Roberts about James Holman

63.   Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

64.   Sarah Morgan, Diary...ed. Charles East  (Civil War)

65.    An Ordinary Man…autobio of Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner (Rwanda)

66.   William Least-Heat Moon

          Blue Highways

67.   The Righteous by Martin Gilbert

68.   An American Heroine in The French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia D’Albert-Lake edited by Judy Barrett Litoff

69.   Resistance: A Woman’s Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France by Agnes Humbert 1894-1963

70.   Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa’s City of Gold by Frank Kryza

71.   Livia Bitton-Jackson

            I Have Lived a Thousand Years
            My Bridges of Hope

72.  In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton

73.   In the Sea there are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari by Fabio Geda

74.   John Adams by David McCullough

75.   Lake with No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China by Diane Wei Liang (Tiananmen  Square)

76.   Madeleine L’Engle

    A Circle of Quiet: A Crosswick Journal
    The Irrational Season: A Crosswicks Journal  
    Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage
    The Summer of the Great-Grandmother: A Crosswicks Journal
    Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

77.   Isak Dinesen

           Letters from Africa
           Out of Africa

78.   Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

79.   Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis

80.   London 1945 by Maureen Waller

81.   Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh by Irving Stone

82.   Rickenbacker: An Autobiography by Edward V. Rickenbacker

83.   The Man Who Would Be King : The First American in Afghanistan by Ben Macintyre

84.   Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

85.   Nazi Hunter by Alan Levy

86.   Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Beer

87.   Nella Last’s War by Nella Last (war diary age 49) ed by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming

88.   Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

89.   No god but God by Reza Aslan

90.   No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II
Robert Cowley (Editor)

91.   Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt

92.   Prince Borghese’s Trail or Peking to Paris : 10,000 Miles over Two Continents, Four Deserts and the Roof of the World in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge by Genevieve Obert

93.   Promises to Keep by Joe Biden

94.    Thunder Below: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in WW II by Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey        

95.   Titanic Survivor by Violet Jessup

96.   Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth

97.   Virginia Woolf by Quentin Bell

98.   Iberia by James Michener

99.    Eudora Welty: Biography by Suzanne Marrs  

100.  The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals ed. Patrick Hart & Jonathan Montaldo  (Thomas Merton)

101.  In an Instant…Lee and Bob Woodruff memoir

102.   Gerda Weissman Klein

                All But My Life
                The Hours After

103.  Essays of Montaigne by Michel De Montaigne

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