Non-fiction books are ones of the readers’ favorites because reality was always more interesting than fiction. This list of non-fiction books is trying to please as many readers as possible, from the history lovers to the adventure books fans and from the sports enthusiasts to are who are interested in traveling.
1. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
This is an amazing book, about two scuba divers whose life passion is diving in search of wrecks in the most dangerous places on Earth. Even though experienced in their field, nothing had prepared them for finding the wreck of a World War Two U-boat with human remainings on board and no marks of any kind. None of the official recordings show any sunken U-boat in that particular place and everyone denies having knowledge of such an incident. Thus, it is up to them to discover the truth…
2. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
In 1996, eight climbers were killed while trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The story of this tragic event was made public by Jon Krauker, the author of one of the best non-fictional books ever. The author was a witness to the entire incident and thus describes the whole history of the expedition starting with his decision of joining in. The book was subject to fierce criticism, both from behalf of the participants and of renowned climbers.
3. Into The Wild
Another great read from Jon Krauker is this true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who died in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness in mysterious conditions. Jon Krauker is investigating the story of this young man, trying to find out not only what happened but also what pushed him to go there with only a bag of rice and a book describing the eatable native plants.
4. Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child
This is a collection of stories written by the best climber who ever wrote a book or by the best author who ever climbed a mountain, Greg Child. The writer beautifully describes his adventures in the mountains and creates the portraits of other climbers he met.
5. The Best American Sports Writing of the Century
David Halberstam and Glenn Stout’s boldness when picking the title of their work left critics and readers astound. However, after reading this work, most of them admitted it that the book is what it says it is. It contains pieces from various sports, from mountain climbing to chess. However, the great majority of entries are from baseball and box.
6. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Michael Pollan tries to discover what we should eat for dinner, because, as omnivores we face a great dilemma: we have a wide variety of choices and the food industry being as it is (huge), it makes things even harder for usual people.
7. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
This is one of the best non-fictional books of all times and was written by Eric Schlosser. It describes the history of fast-food from its beginnings to this day, with all its dirty little secrets. Schlosser reveals to the world how the delicious French fries we eat are made and where the food is created. While the French cuisine is a true art, with all its attention to quality ingredients and to the perfect combination, what began to be known as “American cuisine”, the fast-food industry, serves you hamburger full of cholesterol, chemicals and even feces.
8. Skipping Towards Gomorrah
Dan Savage , an author full of humor and sparkle, a renowned sex columnist, journeys from one corner of America to another, in his investigation of the Biblical Seven Sins and their modern manifestation. Indulgent and amused, Savage does not criticise the sinners, but, by contrary, he considers them to be doing nothing wrong.
1776 is a beautiful book for all the history lovers who want a fresh, masterful look at the greatest moments in the American history. This amazing book is written by David G. McCullough, a reputed historian with great intuition and amazing writing skills. Having chosen a fascinating subject and having had not only the art, but also the expertise to write such a book, McCullough realized a masterpiece.
10. The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
This is an impressive non-fiction book that looks at the life of four teenagers whose only chance of leading a decent life is through sports. These amazing, yet still young, basketball players will have to face many difficulties in their quest for a better living, as nothing good is ever easy.