13 Non-Fiction Books That You Should Read

Brief Introduction

I have read all of the books presented in this article. The specific topics very quite a bit, but every book in this collection can be considered non-fiction. I personally enjoy reading non-fiction more than fiction because I believe reality is still an enigma that we’re all trying to figure out. The more perspectives you gain, the better your understanding of reality becomes. Enjoy!

P.S. If you don’t have a Kindle, I highly suggest that you invest in one!

The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

Advice / History

There are three main aspects of this book that make it enjoyable: (1) the book is divided up into 48 “chapters,” which makes the information easy to digest; (2) each law of power is accompanied by a historical example of the law’s usage; and (3) the advice is specific, yet it can be applied to every-day situations.

Another unique characteristic of this book is that it doesn’t have to be read straight through. If there are chapters, or laws, that interest you more than others, you can read them first without needing knowledge of the previous chapters.

There Were Giants Upon the Earth

Zecharia Sitchin

Ancient Culture / Ancient Religion / Origin of Life

The title of this book doesn’t do it much justice. The lateZecharia Sitchin, the author, devoted his life to discovering why ancient cultures were obsessed with rocketships, angels descending from the heavens, demigods, giants and god’s wrath. This fascinating book examines ancient texts and how they’ve been misinterpreted to meaning something less literal than they were intended.

Why did God say “'Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness,” instead of “myimage? This book may hold the answer…

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

David Eagleman

Human Behavior / Brain Science / Perception

Although I haven’t completely finished reading this book, I am enthralled by it. The author does an amazing job of describing how we perceive reality; much of what we see is an illusion. The book is full of examples and tests that you can try in order to get a better understanding of the concepts presented in the book.

The book also examines how humans make decisions, whether they are rational or not. If you love science mixed with psychology, this is the perfect book for you.

The Man Who Changed Everything

Basil Mahon

James Clerk Maxwell / Science History

If you don’t know whom James Clerk Maxwell is, than you need to read this book. His theories almost single handedly established the foundation for modern science. You’ve probably heard of Einstein and Edison – their work is based on the findings of James Maxwell.

The book is a biography, so there isn’t a lot of advanced scientific jargon. Overall, it is a great, inspirational leisurely read.

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill

Entrepreneurial Inspiration / Advice / Classic

This book was originally published in 1938, yet its information is timeless. If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming rich but lacked inspiration, then you should dive headfirst into this book. Basically, it teaches you how to think correctly in order to become successful.

No one will find success unless they have the right mindset to do so. That’s what this book is all about.

Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser

Fast Food / Controversy / Slaughterhouses

This eye-opening book will make you think again about stopping at fast-food joint for a quick meal. The author, who primarily focuses on McDonalds, explores how the fast food craze began and what it has evolved into today. The writing style is addictive: you get the idea that the author really knows what he’s talking about.

There are a few parts of this book that are a bit disturbing, so keep that in mind before you begin!

The Elements of Journalism

Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel

Journalism Education

This information-driven book may be boring to the average reader, but if you are serious about journalism, it is a fundamental read. The Internet has redefined, and continues to define, what journalism is, and more importantly, what a journalist’s responsibilities are. In this book, a group of well-established journalists discuss what the essential aspects of journalism really are.

The Grand Design

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Theoretical Physics / Philosophy / Existence

Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest theoretical physicists alive today. His work has opened the door to new philosophies, scientific discoveries and even new theories about the origin of the universe. Although I disagree with Hawking about some of his conclusions, he does a brilliant job of explaining complex scientific concepts.

If nothing else, you’ll learn a lot of fascinating information.

Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want

Brian Tracy

Inspiration / Goal-Oriented Education

This book should be assigned reading for every K-12 student in the United States, or any country in the world for that matter. If you don’t set goals for yourself, this book will teach you how important it is and, specifically, how to do it. You’ll be able to get so much more done than you ever thought possible.

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks

Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler

Social Networks / Sociology / Psychology

Think your decisions are your own? Think again. Most of our decisions are actually based on other peoples’ influence on us. This is why, in many ways, the people we know and interact with define our personality.

This book provides an amazing overview of social networks and why they are so fundamental to our personal identity. It includes a bunch stories and examples to better explain the concepts.

Googled

Ken Auletta

Google History / Internet / Information Revolution

Google is synonymous with information. It is probably the most important website on the Internet (Facebook gives it a run for its money). The book reads like a historical biography of the website and its two founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Even if you don’t need to learn about Google, it’s a pretty entertaining read.

The Language of God

Francis S. Collins

Science & Religion / God / Philosophy

Francis Collins was the leader of the Human Genome Project, a project dedicated to sequencing human DNA and identifying approximately 20,000 – 25,000 genes. Usually, scientists are a bit harsh of religious beliefs. Collins, however, is very different. He believes that DNA is “The Language of God.”

This remarkably interesting book will give you a perspective that you probably thought was a contradiction: Science and God as one.

Crush It!: Why Now is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

Gary Vaynerchuk

Success / Internet Marketing / Entrepreneurship

Hubbers and bloggers, especially, will love this book! Not many people know who Gary Vaynerchuk is, but you’ll respect his groundbreaking marketing strategies once you read this book. He focuses on marketing through social networks, but he also is a great inspirational speaker (or writer).

If nothing else, it is a great resource for entrepreneurs who are trying to market their business online.

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What are your favorite non-fiction books? 3 comments

ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

Some interesting material here. My favorite non-fiction books include; Worlds in Collision by Veliosky, The Bermuda Triangle Solved by Lawrence Kurshe, and my favorite, The Book of Mormon, translated by Joseph Smith.

P.S. I know I've misspelled Immanaul Veliosky's name.


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Jesse W James 4 years ago from Texas

Nice list!


Elwyn Richards 3 years ago

rubbish!

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