The Greatest "Nonfiction, Missouri" Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 305 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. Truman by David McCullough

    This biography offers an in-depth examination of the life and presidency of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. The book covers his humble beginnings in Missouri, his service in World War I, his political ascension, and his unexpected presidency following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The narrative also delves into his controversial decisions such as the use of atomic bombs on Japan and his handling of the Cold War, providing a comprehensive and balanced view of Truman's leadership and legacy.

    The 1747th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

    This book is an intimate and detailed account of the life of one of America's most celebrated authors. It covers his childhood in Missouri, his travels across the United States and Europe, and his career as a writer and public speaker. The book offers a candid and often humorous look at his personal life, his family, and his views on politics, religion, and literature. It provides an insightful look into his creative process and the experiences that influenced his most famous works.

    The 3417th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by U. S. Grant

    This book is a first-person account of the life and military career of a notable American Civil War general who later became the 18th President of the United States. It covers his childhood, his time at West Point, his experiences in the Mexican-American War, and his crucial role in the Civil War. The memoir also delves into his presidential years, offering a unique perspective on historical events from a key player's point of view. It is widely praised for its honesty, insight, and clear, straightforward style.

    The 3791st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. A Country Year by Sue Hubbell

    "A Country Year" is a reflective memoir that captures the author's experiences living alone on a remote Ozarks farm after her divorce. Over the course of a year, she intimately describes the rhythms and changes of the natural world around her, from the behavior of bees (which she keeps for a living) to the patterns of the changing seasons. The book is a blend of personal narrative, nature writing, and philosophical musings, offering insights into the challenges and rewards of rural solitude, the intricate beauty of the environment, and the resilience required to maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle. Through keen observations and lyrical prose, the author invites readers to share in the quiet joys and profound observations gleaned from a life closely attuned to nature.

    The 4787th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Shame Of The Cities by Lincoln Steffens

    "The Shame of the Cities" is a collection of articles that exposes the corrupt political machines controlling American cities in the early 20th century. The book details the author's investigations into municipal corruption in several major U.S. cities, including St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. Through vivid descriptions and meticulous reporting, the author reveals how political graft and business interests have compromised the effectiveness and fairness of local governments, highlighting the deep-seated issues of urban politics and the urgent need for reforms to restore civic integrity and public trust.

    The 5947th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Tender Land: A Family Love Story by Kathleen Finneran

    This memoir is a poignant exploration of grief, family bonds, and the enduring impact of loss. The narrative centers around the author's family, particularly focusing on the aftermath of her younger brother's suicide at the age of fifteen. Through a series of vivid vignettes, the author delves into her family's history, the complexities of their relationships, and the individual struggles each member faces. The book is a tender and introspective journey through memory and mourning, as the author seeks understanding and healing in the wake of tragedy, ultimately painting a deeply moving portrait of love, sorrow, and the human condition.

    The 8305th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The Selected Letters Of William James by William James

    "The Selected Letters of William James" offers an intimate glimpse into the thoughts and personal life of one of America's most influential philosophers and psychologists. This collection showcases a wide range of correspondence from James, revealing his reflections on psychological theory, philosophy, religion, and academia, as well as his interactions with other intellectual giants of his time. Through these letters, readers gain a deeper understanding of James's personality, his private doubts, his warm relationships, and the developmental arc of his intellectual pursuits that shaped his contributions to psychology and philosophy.

    The 8726th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Grant by Ron Chernow

    "Grant" is a comprehensive biography of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow, the book explores Grant's early life, military career, presidency, and post-presidential years. Chernow portrays Grant as a complex and often misunderstood figure, highlighting his military genius and leadership during the Civil War, as well as his struggles with alcoholism and financial ruin later in life. The book also delves into Grant's relationships with his wife, Julia, and political figures such as Abraham Lincoln and William Tecumseh Sherman. Overall, "Grant" offers a detailed and nuanced portrait of one of America's most significant historical figures.

    The 9165th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan

    This biography offers a dual portrait of Samuel Clemens, the man from Missouri, and Mark Twain, the literary icon. It delves into Clemens' personal life, his struggles, and his successes, as well as his transformation into Mark Twain, the witty and insightful author known worldwide. The book provides a comprehensive view of the man behind the pen, detailing his childhood, his work as a riverboat pilot, his travels, his family life, and his career as a writer.

    The 11112th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard A. DeVoto

    "Across the Wide Missouri" is a historical narrative that explores the American fur trade in the 1830s, focusing on the Rocky Mountain fur trade. The book provides a detailed account of the lives of trappers, traders, Native Americans, and the rich ecosystem they inhabited. The narrative is filled with adventure, danger, and the vast beauty of the American West, painting a vivid picture of a pivotal era in American history.

    The 11112th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. The Dred Scott Case by Don E. Fehrenbacher

    This book provides an in-depth analysis of the Dred Scott case, a significant event in American history that heightened tensions between the North and South, leading up to the Civil War. The author meticulously examines the political, social, and legal contexts surrounding the case, the individuals involved, and the controversial Supreme Court decision that ruled African Americans were not citizens and could not sue in federal court. The book further explores the case's profound impact on the nation, contributing to the secession of Southern states and the onset of the Civil War.

    The 11225th Greatest Book of All Time

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