Best Nonfiction Books of All-Time

This is my list of the best nonfiction books. These are the pillar books that have helped shape my thinking and approach to life. In my opinion, these are 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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Stillness is the Key

by Ryan Holiday
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by Scott Young
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Book Summaries

For many of the nonfiction books I read, I publish my personal notes and write a three sentence summary of the main ideas in the book. You can read all of these notes on my book summaries page.