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A List of 71 (Free & Paid) Non-Fiction Classic eBooks that Everyone Should Read

A List of 71 (Free & Paid) Non-Fiction Classic eBooks that Everyone Should Read

This list is intended as an aid and starting point for picking classics to read. It is not intended to be comprehensive. This list is meant primarily for an American readership, but also contains many international works. Informative as well as entertaining, some are well-known and look at universal themes, while others are relatively unsung and are more narrowly focused. Non-fiction’s power comes from its truth-telling. As we read them, these books come to define us as they allow us to better see the world and our place in it. Their stories are every bit as captivating as fiction.

These are all non-fiction classic favorites and will leave a strong impression after you finished reading them, even if they may not all stand the test of time. While these aren’t the most original or arcane selections, they’re ones you’ll almost certainly be glad you checked out. This is our list of the 71 (Free & Paid) Non-Fiction Books that Everyone Should Read, in no particular order. Free ones are available as a red underlined link, likewise, the paid ones will be just listed as they are.

A List of 71 (Free & Paid) Non-Fiction Books that Everyone Should Read

  1. A Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
  2. A Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  3. A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman
  4. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  5. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  6. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume
  7. A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
  8. Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  10. Beyond Good and Evil by Frederick Nietzsche
  11. Capital by Karl Marx
  12. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  13. Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  14. Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold
  15. Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria Jr.
  16. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  17. Democracy in America and Two Essays on America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  18. Discourses on Livy by Niccolo Machiavelli
  19. Four Books and Five Classics by Confucius
  20. History of Rome by Theodor Mommsen
  21. History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
  22. History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  23. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
  24. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by Walker Evans and James Agee
  25. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  26. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  27. Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings by Rene Descartes
  28. Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth
  29. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  30. On Duties by Cicero
  31. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  32. On Old Age by Cicero
  33. Orientalism by Edward W. Said
  34. Records of the Grand Historian by Qian Sima
  35. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  1. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  2. Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
  3. Second Treatise of Government by John Locke
  4. Selected Writings by Thomas Aquinas
  5. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  6. Suicide by Emile Durkheim
  7. Swerve: How the World Became Modern,The by Stephen Greenblatt
  8. The Agony of Power by Jean Baudrillard
  9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  10. The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X, Alex Haley
  11. The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  12. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex by Charles Darwin
  13. The Division of Labor in Society by Emile Durkheim
  14. The Early History of Rome by Titus Livius (Livy)
  15. The Essays by Francis Bacon
  16. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton
  17. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  18. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  19. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
  20. The Histories by Herodotus
  21. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  22. The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana
  23. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  24. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  25. The Other America by Michael Harrington
  26. The Politics by Aristotle
  27. The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli
  28. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber
  29. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  30. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  31. The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. DeBois
  32. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
  33. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  34. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  35. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
  36. Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau