Literary Non-Fiction Must Reads

A Listmania! list by Eron McLaughlin
The list author says: "This is a list of some of my favorite literary non-fiction masterpieces. I would love any suggestions from other fans of the genre."
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
1.  Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
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Outliers: The Story of Success
2.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
3.  The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
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Thunderstruck
4.  Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
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The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
5.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
6.  Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden
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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
7.  Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
8.  Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
9.  Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
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The John McPhee Reader
10.  The John McPhee Reader by John McPhee
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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
11.  The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
12.  The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
13.  Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
14.  Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
15.  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition
16.  Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition by Jared Diamond
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
17.  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
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Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
18.  Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock
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In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
19.  In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) by Truman Capote
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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
20.  The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston
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Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
21.  Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.)
22.  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.) by Simon Winchester
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Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
23.  Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective
24.  The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale
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The Killer Department
25.  The Killer Department by Robert Cullen
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Friday Night Lights A Town, a Team and a Dream
26.  Friday Night Lights A Town, a Team and a Dream by Buzz Bissinger
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Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
27.  Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones by Greg Campbell
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Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
28.  Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean
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Disliked "In Cold Blood"--Am I the only one on the planet? 0 Oct 21, 2014
Is this based on a 'real' true story or a faux one? 16 Sep 6, 2014
Similar fiction? 7 Sep 6, 2014
What is the future of this religion? 43 Apr 3, 2014
Appropriate for a 14-year-old? 1 Jun 17, 2013
appropriate for 7th grader? 5 Jan 23, 2013
What other books about Savannah are good? 3 Mar 27, 2012
could sabermetrics work for football 1 Mar 12, 2012
Outside Magazine Sept 1996 6 Jan 11, 2012
John Howland and Michael Pierce of "Mayflower" 9 Aug 29, 2011
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