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What are the best non-fiction books of all time?

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Edhi Mehtra

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You can go to the places you have never been to, or to places that never exist if you have the habit of reading a book. They can transport you to a different dimension altogether. If you love the imagination, then fiction is probably what you seek. But contrary to popular belief, even non-fiction has its charm and can be as riveting as their fictional counterparts.

Here we bring you a list of 5 non-fiction books (in no particular order) that have transcended time.

1. When breath becomes air
This book is a memoir of the neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, a professor at Stanford University. He was diagnosed with lung cancer, and in this book, he speaks about facing death gracefully and how to live life to your fullest. With quotes from multiple other books, it is a reflection on life itself and a book you would want to include in your reading list.

2. Hiroshima
A book by John Hersey that speaks about the essence of time we have and why we should be thankful for it, using the true story of what happened in Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. It is a retelling of how the lives of the people who survived the attack on that fateful day changed in just a few minutes.

3. Silent Spring
Well acknowledged as the book that catapulted the environmental movement, this is a book by Rachel Carson. You could read the passion she had for the future of our universe echoing in the words of this book. This book was so powerful that it brought in the ban of DDT and many other changes regarding the environmental conditions and the human perspective of it.

4. I know why the caged bird sings
Written by Maya Angelou, the book captures the yearning of the children in her autobiography, retelling the tale of her youth, while she was living in Arkansas with her grandmother. It is a book series that captures her life with poignancy and candor which makes it an exciting read.

5. Sapiens: A brief history of mankind
The title says it all. Yuval Noah Harari takes us through a journey from the beginning of mankind, covering the significant revolutions which have shaped us into what we are today. The book provides you a lot of information on how we have transformed over the years and how the evolution – cognitive, agricultural and scientific, has empowered us.

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Pierce Long

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Thank you so much for these recommendations! I could help too. I love art and everything that has been associated with it since childhood. I am currently beginning with art and often on the https://graduateway.com/essay-examples/art-critique/ I read useful articles about art, criticism and interpretation of works of different artists of the past and present.

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