I’m reblogging this for my own reference and also to share with my readers (all 34 of you;)). Since the release of the 1001 Books App on Tuesday, I’ve been book list crazy. Since I like non-fiction – especially non-fiction centered on historical events and people, not so much current people – and have read a couple of excellent non-fiction books in the last year (Only Yesterday, Empire of the Summer Moon) I wondered if there was a list of recommended non-fiction books. Of course there is. I found one from the Guardian (UK) that is, obviously, geared towards British readers and that, unlike Time’s list, encompasses all non-fiction ever written. As does the list from Modern Library.
The Time list wins for focusing on American non-fiction, for being more recent and for having a much more interesting slideshow interface. The biggest drawback to Time’s list is that is only contains books written since it started publishing, 1923. There are a few that don’t interest me at all and the biography choices focus too heavily on women and African Americans, IMO, but overall the list is excellent. The first book I am going to read is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Then, I’m moving on to Guns, Germs and Steel, a book I pick up and ponder every time I see it at the bookstore but I never buy it. Both books, will help me in my research, as well.