The Greatest Canadian, Greek, 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. 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
  2. 2. 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson

    "12 Rules for Life" by Jordan B. Peterson is a self-help book that offers practical advice on how to navigate the complexities of life and find meaning and purpose. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, and biology, the author presents twelve rules that encourage readers to take responsibility for their actions, confront chaos and suffering, and strive for personal growth and fulfillment. With a blend of personal anecdotes, scientific research, and philosophical insights, this book aims to provide readers with practical tools to improve their lives and find harmony in an increasingly chaotic world.

    The 7905th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson

    The book in question is a profound meditation on the necessity of acknowledging and accepting death as an intrinsic part of life. It challenges the modern denial of death and the prevalent notion of "dying well." Through a blend of storytelling, wisdom, and cultural critique, the author, who has worked extensively in palliative care, argues for a radical shift in how we perceive and approach the end of life. He advocates for a deep responsibility to dying people and a reimagined relationship with death that involves wisdom, community, and a recognition of its place in the natural order of things. The book serves as a call to awaken to the ways in which our cultural practices often leave us ill-prepared for the inevitable journey of dying, urging readers to live and die with a sense of true understanding and purpose.

    The 9078th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Why America Is Not A New Rome by Vaclav Smil

    This book presents a detailed comparison between the United States and ancient Rome, debunking the popular notion that America is following the same trajectory as the Roman Empire towards decline and fall. The author meticulously examines various dimensions including military power, political systems, social structures, and economic dynamics to highlight the fundamental differences between the two entities. Through a rigorous analysis, it is argued that simplistic analogies between Rome and the United States overlook significant dissimilarities, particularly in terms of resilience, adaptability, and global influence, ultimately making the case that America's path is distinct from that of ancient Rome.

    The 9206th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Prime Movers Of Globalization by Vaclav Smil

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the technological innovations and energy systems that have been pivotal in driving globalization from the mid-19th century to the present day. It focuses on the development and impact of diesel engines, gas turbines, and the containerization of cargo, illustrating how these innovations have significantly increased the efficiency, speed, and scale of global trade and transportation. The narrative underscores the critical role of energy transitions in facilitating economic growth and interconnectivity across continents, while also considering the environmental and geopolitical implications of our reliance on fossil fuels and the urgent need for sustainable alternatives. Through a detailed examination of technological advancements, the work offers insights into the complex dynamics that have shaped the modern globalized world.

    The 9206th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Dark Matters by Simone Browne

    "Dark Matters" is a critical examination of how race and surveillance have intersected throughout history, particularly within the context of blackness. The book delves into the ways in which surveillance practices, both historical and contemporary, are rooted in racial discrimination and how these practices have served to enforce boundaries of social control. By exploring a range of topics, from the branding of slaves in the 18th century to modern-day policing and biometric technologies, the book challenges readers to consider the pervasive nature of surveillance and its disproportionate impact on black communities. Through this lens, the author reveals the deep-seated connections between visibility, race, and the monitoring of bodies in public and private spaces, urging a reevaluation of the role of surveillance in perpetuating systemic racial inequalities.

    The 9237th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Making The Modern World by Vaclav Smil

    This book provides a comprehensive exploration of the materials that have shaped human history, from the Stone Age to the present. It delves into how the extraction and use of various materials, including metals, fossil fuels, and biomass, have been pivotal in the development of civilizations and the modern industrial world. The author examines the environmental and societal impacts of material consumption, emphasizing the sustainability challenges posed by our ongoing reliance on these resources. Through a detailed analysis of material flows and innovations, the book offers insights into the complexities of achieving a more sustainable future and the critical role of efficient material use in making the modern world.

    The 9498th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. The Tiger by John Vaillant

    "The Tiger" is a non-fiction book that delves into the gripping account of a man-eating Amur tiger's deadly rampage in a remote Russian village in the late 1990s. The narrative explores the complex relationship between humans and nature, highlighting the impact of poaching and habitat loss on the tiger's behavior. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, the book weaves together local history, conservation science, and socio-economic factors, offering a profound examination of the consequences when human encroachment and environmental degradation provoke the fierce retaliation of one of nature's most formidable predators.

    The 9529th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. War by Margaret MacMillan

    "War" by Margaret MacMillan is a comprehensive analysis of the causes, conduct, and consequences of war throughout history. Drawing on a vast range of sources, including personal accounts, political documents, and military strategy, MacMillan explores the human motivations behind war and the complex web of political, economic, and social factors that drive nations to conflict. She examines the impact of war on individuals and societies, from the trauma of soldiers on the front lines to the far-reaching political and economic consequences of global conflicts. Ultimately, MacMillan argues that war is a deeply human phenomenon, shaped by the complex interplay of individual and collective desires, fears, and ambitions.

    The 9546th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. The Routledge Handbook Of Panpsychism by William Seager

    The book serves as a comprehensive guide to panpsychism, the philosophical view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous aspect of the physical world. It brings together contributions from leading scholars to explore various aspects of this theory, including its historical roots, its philosophical implications, and its compatibility with contemporary science. The handbook examines arguments for and against panpsychism, discusses its potential solutions to the mind-body problem, and considers its implications for our understanding of the nature of consciousness and the physical universe. This collection not only provides a detailed overview of current debates but also charts potential future directions for research in this area.

    The 9648th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis

    This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the European financial crisis from the perspective of a former Greek finance minister. It offers an insider's view of the negotiations and power plays that took place between Greece and its international creditors during the country's economic crisis. The book reveals the author's struggles against the austerity measures imposed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, and his eventual resignation when he realized the futility of his efforts. It is a critique of the European Union's economic policies and a plea for more democracy in global finance.

    The 9735th Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. Growth by Vaclav Smil

    This book provides a comprehensive exploration of growth in various domains, including biological, societal, economic, and technological realms. The author meticulously examines the principles and patterns of growth, from the microscale of organisms to the macroscale of human civilization. Through a detailed analysis, the narrative delves into the implications of unchecked growth, particularly focusing on the sustainability challenges it poses to the environment and future generations. The work is a thought-provoking synthesis that encourages readers to reconsider the conventional pursuit of growth, advocating for a more measured and sustainable approach to development across all facets of life.

    The 10046th Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. The Mosquito by Timothy C. Winegard

    This book presents a compelling examination of how the mosquito has been a pivotal force in shaping human history. Through meticulous research, it uncovers the profound impact these tiny insects have had on wars, colonization, and the spread of diseases across continents. The narrative delves into the biological and ecological aspects of the mosquito, revealing how its role as a carrier of deadly pathogens like malaria, yellow fever, and dengue has influenced the outcomes of battles, the fates of empires, and the lives of billions of people. By weaving together historical events with scientific insights, the book offers a unique perspective on the mosquito's place in the world and its indelible influence on human civilization.

    The 10046th Greatest Book of All Time
  14. 14. How The World Really Works by Vaclav Smil

    This book provides a comprehensive exploration into the fundamental principles that underpin the modern world, focusing on the scientific and technical underpinnings of daily life and global systems. It delves into critical areas such as energy, food production, material goods, and the mechanisms of economic growth, offering insights into how these elements interact to shape our society and environment. Through a blend of detailed analysis and accessible explanations, the author aims to demystify complex processes and encourage a deeper understanding of the realities and challenges facing the world today, emphasizing the importance of informed decision-making in addressing global issues.

    The 10320th Greatest Book of All Time
  15. 15. Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

    This memoir offers a unique and introspective look into the world of competitive swimming and how it shapes one's identity and life beyond the pool. The author, a former Olympic trial swimmer, uses her experiences in the water to explore broader themes of discipline, memory, and the passage of time. Through a blend of personal narrative, vivid watercolor illustrations, and photographs, the book delves into the minutiae of swimming - from the smell of chlorine to the textures of different pools - and how these sensory experiences and the rigorous demands of training have influenced her artistic career and personal growth. It's a reflective and beautifully crafted exploration of the intersection between athleticism and artistry, and how past passions can continue to influence and inform our lives in unexpected ways.

    The 10925th Greatest Book of All Time

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