Non-fiction

Self-help, leadership, history, art, and true crime are just some of the non-fiction reading lists AbeBooks staff have curated. Non-fiction book fans will surely find their next great read among our non-fiction reading lists.

16 February, 2022
From Silent Spring to Gorillas in the Mist, this list features books published between 1911 and 1999 that highlighted environments and species in danger. These authors showed concern for the environment, and demanded conservation and preservation.
10 November, 2021
This selection of top books about leadership was carefully chosen from bestseller lists, Forbes, and even from the recommendations of Bill Gates and Barack Obama.
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10 November, 2021
From the 1936 Olympics in Berlin to the football fields of Odessa, Texas to the summit of Mt. Everest, here are 10 incredible stories detailing the greatest sports moments in history.
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By Julie Oreskovich
27 August, 2021
The New Naturalist Series is a collection of books published by Collins in the UK that focuses on natural history topics. Sure, there are plenty of books about nature, but what makes these books stand out from the pack is the gorgeous design of the covers.
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By Beth Carswell
26 August, 2021
Pelican Books is the non-fiction imprint of Penguin Books. While the Penguin umbrella may be best-known for fiction and for keen design, the Pelican imprint was brought about with an eye on education over entertainment.
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By Jessica Doyle
21 June, 2021
There's no shortage of fascinating true crime books out there - this list of the 50 best true crime books only scratches the surface. How many have you read?
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By Richard Davies
21 June, 2021
Books designed to improve one's self have been around for centuries and the genre, as we know it, began to take shape in the middle of the 19th century with a book aptly called "self-help" by a wonderfully named man called Samuel Smiles.
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21 June, 2021
Similar to our list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, this list of 50 non-fiction books contains recommendations you might actually read (if you haven't already). This curated list covers the gamut of non-fiction, from compelling war stories to key feminist texts, to unbelievable struggles for survival, to tales of life in the culinary trade.
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By Richard Davies
21 June, 2021
There is a special skill required to making food sound interesting on the pages of a book and that means you should pick your food memoirs carefully.
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03 June, 2021
Typography is the art of arranging type and that includes the selection of typefaces, the point size and the leading. A typographer is someone who designs typefaces.
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03 June, 2021
At least 15,000 books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. We recommend the best ones.
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03 June, 2021
Politics was Winston Churchill’s secondary job. His passion was writing and he was a professional author, who just happened to be one of the key politicians of the 20th century.
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03 June, 2021
From how to use plants and herbs to make potions for everyday healing to harnessing the moon's energies to achieve your desires, here's 10 witchcraft books perfect for beginner and experienced witches alike.
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03 June, 2021
Our world history is vast, and these 30 books are only the tip of the iceberg. This list of the best history books includes bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winners and editor's picks from distinguished historians and biographers.
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By Richard Davies
03 June, 2021
Collectors are willing to pay steep prices for the world's finest photography books. Rare editions from the likes of Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn and Ansel Adams are among the most sought-after of all art books.
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