Nonfiction books

Here’s an update to this list.

Best of the best

  • Last Chance to See… by Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
  • The Roving Mind by Isaac Asimov (%)
  • 1984: Spring – A Choice of Futures by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins (%)
  • The Eco Wars by David Day
  • Collapse by Jared Diamond (%)
  • The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond (%)
  • Celebrations of Life by René Dubos (%)
  • Reflections of Eden by Biruté M.F. Galdikas
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Through a Window by Jane Goodall
  • The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann
  • Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
  • The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren
  • Final Report by Rick Mercer
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn
  • The Invisibility of Success and Other Investigations by Daniel Quinn
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  • Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, M.D.
  • Drumbeat edited by Boyce Richardson
  • The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan (%)
  • Why Do People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer (%)
  • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
  • Good News For a Change by David Suzuki & Holly Dressel (%)
  • Inventing the Future by David Suzuki
  • Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford (%)
  • Native Roots by Jack Weatherford
  • What Would You Do? by John H. Yoder

Runner ups

  • Gold by Isaac Asimov
  • The Great Ape Project by Paola Cavalieri & Peter Singer, eds. (%)
  • The Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection by Terry J. Erdmann
  • Moonwalking With Einstein by Josh Foer
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan
  • The Roswell UFO Crash by Karl K. Korff
  • The Language of Night by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Adventures in a TV Nation by Michael Moore
  • The Education of Koko by Francine Patterson & Eugene Linden (%)
  • Technopoly by Neil Postman
  • If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways by Daniel Quinn
  • Kanzi by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh & Roger Lewin (%)
  • In the Beginning… was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
  • Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson
  • Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton (%)
  • Firefly: Still Flying by Joss Whedon et al

Best books on teaching

  • The Excellent 11 by Ron Clark
  • How to Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber et al
  • Beyond Discipline by Alfie Kohn

Best autobiographies & biographies

  • Star Trek Creator by David Alexander
  • I. Asimov by Isaac Asimov
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty by James Doohan & Peter David
  • Gene Roddenberry by Joel Engel
  • Warped Factors by Walter Koenig
  • Beyond Uhura by Nichelle Nichols
  • I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy
  • I Am Not Spock by Leonard Nimoy
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama (%)
  • From Sawdust to Stardust by Terry Lee Rioux (%)
  • Leonard  by William Shatner & David Fisher
  • Star Trek Memories by William Shatner & Chris Kreski
  • Star Trek Movie Memories by William Shatner & Chris Kreski
  • To the Stars by George Takei

(%) Some books I didn’t read cover to cover but I read a significant portion and still wanted to mention them.

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