The Greatest Greek, British, Irish "Nonfiction" Books Since 2010

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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. The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal

    This book is a family memoir that traces the journey of a collection of miniature Japanese sculptures, called netsuke, through generations of a wealthy Jewish family. The narrative delves into the family's rise to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their survival during the Nazi regime, their post-war struggles, and their eventual decline. The author uses the netsuke as a lens to explore the themes of art, loss, and family legacy.

    The 5717th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Midnight In Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

    "Midnight In Chernobyl" is a non-fiction book that tells the story of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The book provides a detailed account of the events leading up to the explosion, the immediate aftermath, and the long-term effects of the disaster. It also explores the political and social context of Soviet Ukraine at the time, and the impact that the disaster had on the country and the world. The book draws on interviews with survivors, officials, and experts, as well as archival documents and scientific research, to provide a comprehensive and compelling narrative of one of the worst nuclear accidents in history.

    The 6075th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald

    "H Is For Hawk" is a memoir by Helen MacDonald about her experiences training a goshawk named Mabel after the sudden death of her father. MacDonald reflects on her grief and the challenges of training a wild bird while also delving into the history of falconry and the life of T.H. White, the author of "The Once and Future King" who also trained a goshawk. The book explores themes of loss, nature, and the complexities of human-animal relationships.

    The 6630th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Secret Lives Of Colour by Kassia St. Clair

    This book delves into the rich history and cultural significance of colors, exploring their origins, science, and social implications. It offers a vibrant journey through a rainbow of hues, from the rarest pigments to the most ubiquitous shades, revealing fascinating stories behind each color. The narrative uncovers how colors have been produced and used in art, fashion, politics, and warfare, shaping human civilization in profound ways. Through anecdotes and meticulous research, the book presents an eye-opening perspective on the palette of our world, illustrating how deeply colors influence our experiences and our very understanding of the world around us.

    The 6946th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

    This book is a deeply personal memoir about a woman's quest for identity and happiness amidst a turbulent childhood. Raised by an abusive and religiously fanatic adoptive mother in a small, industrial town in Northern England, the author struggles with her sexuality, eventually being thrown out of her home for having a relationship with another woman. She later embarks on a journey to find her biological mother, all while wrestling with her own mental health issues and trying to make sense of her place in the world. The narrative is a raw exploration of love, loss, and the power of literature as a means of escape and self-discovery.

    The 7028th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O'Toole

    "We Don't Know Ourselves" by Fintan O'Toole is a collection of essays that explores the current state of Ireland and its people. O'Toole argues that Ireland's sense of identity has been shaped by its history of colonization and the struggle for independence, but that this identity is now being challenged by globalization and the changing social and economic landscape. He examines issues such as immigration, the Catholic Church's declining influence, and the rise of nationalism, and ultimately argues that Ireland needs to embrace a new sense of identity that is inclusive and forward-thinking.

    The 7090th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Becoming Unbecoming by Una

    This graphic novel is a poignant exploration of gender violence, identity, and the journey of healing. It intertwines the author's personal narrative of growing up in the 1970s in Northern England with the historical backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper, a notorious serial killer targeting women. As the author grapples with her own experiences of sexual abuse and societal pressures, the book delves into themes of misogyny, shame, and the societal tendency to blame victims rather than perpetrators. Through powerful illustrations and candid prose, it offers a deeply personal account of the struggle to overcome trauma and the cultural silence surrounding sexual violence.

    The 7857th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Why the West Rules - For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris

    This book is a comprehensive exploration of the historical and cultural patterns that have led to Western dominance in the world. The author uses a broad range of evidence from archaeology, genetics, and linguistics to trace the development of East and West from prehistoric times to the present, arguing that physical geography, rather than culture, religion, or great men, is the primary driving force behind the rise of the West. The book also offers a forecast for the future, predicting a shift in global power from the West to the East.

    The 7859th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher

    This book explores the link between language and perception, challenging the conventional belief that languages are only tools for describing reality and do not influence the way we perceive the world. The author delves into how different languages can shape the way their speakers understand and interact with their surroundings, arguing that linguistic differences can significantly impact cognition and perception. The book combines linguistic analysis, cultural history, and cognitive science to provide a fascinating examination of how our mother tongue can affect our cognitive processes, including color perception and spatial orientation.

    The 7859th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, Ana Camallonga

    The book in question is a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of race, structural racism, and the black experience in a predominantly white society. It delves into the historical roots of racial inequality, the failures of the mainstream feminist movement to address intersectionality, and the ongoing challenges faced by people of color in the realms of politics, employment, and the justice system. The author articulately expresses her frustration with the lack of understanding and denial of systemic racism by white individuals, which has led her to the titular conclusion. Through personal narrative and incisive analysis, the book serves as a call to action for meaningful conversation and systemic change.

    The 8082nd Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. Me by Elton John

    In this candid autobiography, a legendary musician takes readers on a roller-coaster journey through his tumultuous and colorful life, from his early days as a shy piano prodigy to his rise to global stardom. He shares intimate details about his struggles with addiction, relationships, and his sexuality, as well as the highs and lows of his career. With a mix of humor and honesty, he reflects on his personal evolution, the friendships that shaped him, and the music that made him an icon. The memoir is a testament to resilience, the transformative power of music, and the artist's enduring legacy in the world of rock and pop.

    The 8085th Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. A World On Fire:Britain’s Crucial Role In The American Civil War by Amanda Kolpin, Amanda Peterson, Susan S. Wittman

    "A World on Fire" is a comprehensive account of Britain's involvement in the American Civil War. The book explores the political, economic, and social factors that influenced Britain's decision to remain neutral, despite strong sympathies for the Confederacy. It also delves into the impact of the war on British society, including the role of British citizens in the conflict and the effects of the Union blockade on British trade. The authors provide a detailed and engaging narrative of this often-overlooked aspect of Civil War history.

    The 8230th Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    "Arguably: Essays" is a collection of essays written by Christopher Hitchens, covering topics ranging from politics, literature, and religion to popular culture, sports, and travel. Hitchens was known for his sharp wit, critical thinking, and fearless approach to controversial issues, and this book showcases his best writing over the years. The essays are thought-provoking, insightful, and often humorous, making for an engaging read that challenges readers to think deeply about the world around them.

    The 8230th Greatest Book of All Time
  14. 14. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

    This book offers a unique perspective on world history, telling the story of humanity through the examination of 100 man-made objects. The author, a museum director, uses items from the British Museum, ranging from a 2 million-year-old Olduvai stone cutting tool to a contemporary credit card, to explore various themes such as trade, religion, art, science, and politics. The book provides a fascinating lens through which to view the evolution of human civilization.

    The 8335th Greatest Book of All Time
  15. 15. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914 by Christopher Clark

    "The Sleepwalkers" by Christopher Clark is a comprehensive account of the events leading up to World War I. The book argues that the war was not caused by any one nation or individual, but rather a combination of factors including nationalism, alliances, and miscommunication. Clark explores the complex political landscape of Europe in the early 20th century and the actions of key players such as Kaiser Wilhelm II and Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The book provides a detailed analysis of the events leading up to the war and challenges traditional narratives of blame and responsibility.

    The 8358th Greatest Book of All Time
  16. 16. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee

    "Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life" by Hermione Lee is a biography of the English novelist and poet Penelope Fitzgerald. The book covers Fitzgerald's life from her childhood to her death, including her career as a teacher, her time working for the BBC, and her success as a writer. Lee delves into Fitzgerald's personal life, including her marriages and the struggles she faced as a single mother. The biography also explores Fitzgerald's writing process and the themes that run through her novels, including the importance of memory and the complexities of human relationships.

    The 8453rd Greatest Book of All Time
  17. 17. Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

    This graphic memoir is a powerful and deeply personal exploration of a young woman's struggle with eating disorders and trauma. Through evocative hand-drawn illustrations, it chronicles her journey from early signs of anorexia in childhood, through years of battle with her inner demons, to eventual recovery. The narrative delves into the complexities of mental health, the impact of abuse, and the resilience of the human spirit. The author's raw honesty and the visual storytelling create an engaging and poignant tale that brings to light the silent suffering of those dealing with similar issues, offering hope and understanding to others on their path to healing.

    The 8628th Greatest Book of All Time
  18. 18. At The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, And Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

    "At The Existentialist Café" is a non-fiction book that explores the lives and ideas of a group of philosophers known as the existentialists. The book takes readers on a journey through the cafes of Paris in the 1930s and 40s, where philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty would gather to discuss their ideas about freedom, being, and the meaning of life. Bakewell weaves together their personal stories, philosophical theories, and the historical context in which they lived, to create a compelling and accessible introduction to existentialism.

    The 9037th Greatest Book of All Time
  19. 19. If The Universe Is Teeming With Aliens ... Where Is Everybody? Second Edition by Stephen Webb

    This book explores the Fermi Paradox, the apparent contradiction between the high probability of extraterrestrial life in the universe and the lack of evidence for, or contact with, such civilizations. Through a comprehensive examination of various scientific theories and hypotheses, the text delves into potential reasons why humanity has yet to discover signs of alien life. It covers a wide range of topics, from the conditions necessary for life to evolve, to the possibilities of interstellar travel, and the implications of the paradox for the future of human exploration and understanding of the cosmos. The book is both an informative guide for those curious about the possibilities of life beyond Earth and a thoughtful exploration of the challenges facing the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

    The 9074th Greatest Book of All Time
  20. 20. The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

    This book presents an invigorating perspective on the evolution of human society through the lens of economic and cultural progress. It argues that, contrary to popular pessimism, life has been getting progressively better for most people due to the inherent human tendency to exchange and innovate. The author posits that this process of exchange and specialization has been the driving force behind the remarkable increases in prosperity and quality of life over the centuries. By examining historical trends and data, the narrative challenges the doom-and-gloom outlook, suggesting that rational optimism is not only justified but necessary for continued progress. The book encourages readers to embrace the potential for future advancements and the continued improvement of the human condition through the power of rational thought and optimistic outlook.

    The 9206th Greatest Book of All Time
  21. 21. Beyond The Crash by Gordon Brown

    In "Beyond The Crash," the author delves into the global financial crisis of 2008, providing an insightful analysis of its causes, consequences, and the urgent need for international cooperation to prevent future economic disasters. Drawing from his experience as a key political figure during the crisis, he offers a unique perspective on the actions taken to stabilize the global economy and outlines a comprehensive plan for sustainable economic recovery. The book emphasizes the importance of global governance reforms, advocating for policies that promote growth, job creation, and equitable distribution of wealth to ensure a more secure and prosperous future for all.

    The 9206th Greatest Book of All Time
  22. 22. Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man Made World by Mark Miodownik

    In this captivating book, the author explores the fascinating world of materials that surround us, revealing their hidden stories and remarkable properties. From the glass in our windows to the concrete in our buildings, Miodownik takes readers on a journey through the history, science, and cultural significance of everyday materials. With a blend of personal anecdotes, scientific explanations, and historical context, he showcases the marvels of materials and their impact on our lives, ultimately highlighting the beauty and complexity of the man-made world we inhabit.

    The 9287th Greatest Book of All Time
  23. 23. The Magic Of Reality by Richard Dawkins

    This book is a fascinating exploration of the natural world, blending scientific rigor with the sheer wonder of discovery. It aims to demystify the universe by explaining phenomena that have long been shrouded in myth and superstition through the lens of science and reason. By examining a series of questions that have intrigued humans for centuries, the book systematically debunks myths and legends by presenting the scientific facts in a way that is accessible and engaging. Through this approach, it celebrates the beauty and complexity of the world, encouraging curiosity and a deeper understanding of reality as revealed through science.

    The 9290th Greatest Book of All Time
  24. 24. The Headspace Guide To Meditation And Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe

    This book serves as a comprehensive introduction to the practices of meditation and mindfulness, aimed at beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Written by a former Buddhist monk with a talent for demystifying Eastern practices for Western audiences, it offers practical advice, personal anecdotes, and simple exercises designed to integrate mindfulness into everyday life. The author emphasizes the importance of dedicating just ten minutes a day to meditation, arguing that this small commitment can lead to significant improvements in stress levels, focus, and overall happiness. The guide is both an instructional manual and a persuasive argument for making mindfulness a permanent part of one's life.

    The 9290th Greatest Book of All Time
  25. 25. Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

    The book presents a transformative economic model that proposes a radical rethinking of our current financial systems. It challenges the traditional focus on GDP growth and advocates for a sustainable economy that operates within ecological limits and addresses social foundations. The author introduces the metaphor of a doughnut to illustrate the safe and just space for humanity, bounded by an outer ecological ceiling and an inner social foundation, beyond which lies unacceptable environmental degradation and human deprivation. The book calls for a shift away from the pursuit of endless growth, towards a more holistic, balanced, and equitable approach to economic development that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet.

    The 9315th Greatest Book of All Time

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