The Greatest Greek, Irish, Unknown "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. An Immense World by Ed Yong

    "An Immense World" is a collection of science essays written by Ed Yong, a science journalist. The book explores a wide range of scientific topics, from the behavior of animals to the complexities of the human microbiome. Yong's writing is accessible and engaging, making complex scientific concepts easy to understand for readers of all backgrounds. The essays are thought-provoking and provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of science. Overall, "An Immense World" is a must-read for anyone interested in science and the natural world.

    The 8559th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Life Went On Anyway by Oleg Sentsov

    "Life Went On Anyway" is a powerful memoir that chronicles the life of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who was wrongfully imprisoned by the Russian government. Through his vivid and poignant storytelling, Sentsov shares the harrowing details of his arrest, imprisonment, and the relentless fight for justice. Despite the unimaginable hardships he endures, Sentsov's resilient spirit shines through as he reflects on the power of art, the importance of freedom, and the indomitable human will to survive.

    The 9004th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Political Order And Inequality by Carles Boix

    This book delves into the intricate relationship between political dynamics and social inequalities, offering a comprehensive analysis of how political institutions shape economic disparities and vice versa. The author argues that the formation of political order and the distribution of resources within a society are deeply interconnected processes, influenced by historical events, economic pressures, and power struggles. Through a detailed examination of various political systems and historical contexts, the book presents a theoretical framework for understanding the mechanisms through which political stability and inequality are mutually reinforced, suggesting that the path to a more equitable society lies in the careful restructuring of political institutions to address the root causes of inequality.

    The 9076th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Eradication by Nancy Leys Stepan

    This book provides a comprehensive examination of the concept and practice of disease eradication from a historical perspective. It delves into the scientific, ethical, and political dimensions of the global efforts to eliminate diseases, focusing on case studies such as smallpox, malaria, and polio. The narrative critically assesses the successes and failures of these campaigns, highlighting the complexities and challenges involved in attempting to wipe out diseases. Through a detailed analysis, the book explores the implications of eradication efforts on public health policies and practices, questioning the feasibility and desirability of pursuing eradication as a goal in the face of evolving disease dynamics and global health landscapes.

    The 9290th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Sustainable Materials by Julian M. Allwood

    This book provides a comprehensive exploration into the world of sustainable materials, focusing on the environmental impact of material production and usage. It delves into the science and engineering behind creating materials that are not only durable and functional but also minimize harm to the environment. Through a detailed analysis of various materials, the book offers insights into how industries can shift towards more sustainable practices. It emphasizes the importance of reducing material consumption, recycling, and reusing resources as key strategies for achieving sustainability. The book serves as a crucial resource for engineers, designers, policymakers, and anyone interested in the sustainable development of materials and its significance for the future of the planet.

    The 9378th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The Bet by Paul Sabin

    This book delves into the high-stakes wager between two influential figures, an economist and a biologist, who held opposing views on the future of global resources and population growth. Set against the backdrop of the latter half of the 20th century, the narrative explores the broader debate on environmental policy, economic growth, and the limits of Earth's resources. Through the lens of this famous bet, the author examines the impact of their clash on public discourse and policy, highlighting the complexities of predicting the planet's environmental future. It serves as a fascinating case study on how scientific debates can influence political and public opinion, and the challenges of balancing resource sustainability with human progress.

    The 9498th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

    This book delves into the historical journey of human progress, particularly focusing on how health and prosperity have evolved over time to create significant disparities in wealth and well-being across different populations. It examines the mechanisms of growth and the spread of prosperity, alongside the challenges and inequalities that have emerged. Through a detailed analysis, the narrative explores the roles of technology, innovation, and government policies in shaping the economic landscapes and the distribution of resources. The author critically addresses the complexities of escaping poverty and the ethical considerations surrounding aid and intervention in less developed economies. The work is a comprehensive exploration of the global patterns of health, wealth, and inequality, offering insights into the potential paths toward a more equitable world.

    The 9498th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. When We Cease To Understand The World by Adrian Nathan West, Benjamin Labatut

    "When We Cease To Understand The World" is a collection of two novellas that explore the limits of human knowledge and the consequences of scientific discovery. In "The Immaculate Void," a mathematician becomes obsessed with solving a seemingly unsolvable equation and risks his sanity in the process. In "The Unfinished," a group of scientists race to unlock the secrets of nuclear fission, only to realize the devastating power they have unleashed. Through these stories, the authors question the role of science in society and the dangers of pursuing knowledge without considering its ethical implications.

    The 9546th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. Exoplanets And Alien Solar Systems by Tahir Yaqoob

    "Exoplanets and Alien Solar Systems" provides a comprehensive overview of the field of exoplanet research, exploring the methods used to discover and study planets beyond our solar system. The book delves into the various types of exoplanets discovered, the characteristics of these distant worlds, and the implications for understanding our place in the universe. It also discusses the technological advancements and scientific principles underlying exoplanet detection and analysis, offering insights into future prospects and challenges in the field. This work serves as both an informative guide for those new to astronomy and a detailed resource for seasoned researchers interested in extraterrestrial planetary systems.

    The 9601st Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. Figuring by Maria Popova

    "Figuring" explores the complex interconnections between the lives of several historical figures across four centuries, primarily focusing on women who have made significant contributions to science, art, and culture. The narrative weaves together the personal and professional endeavors of these individuals, highlighting their struggles, relationships, and the societal challenges they faced. The book delves into themes of love, discovery, and the pursuit of knowledge, illustrating how these elements are intertwined in the human experience and how the contributions of these figures have shaped our understanding of the world.

    The 9662nd Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. Trans by Juliet Jacques

    "Trans" is a candid and poignant memoir that chronicles the personal journey of transitioning from male to female, exploring the complexities of gender identity and the challenges faced by transgender individuals. The author offers an intimate look into their experiences with gender dysphoria, the medical processes of transitioning, and the social implications of living as their true self. The narrative also delves into the broader cultural and political issues surrounding trans rights and representation, providing a nuanced perspective on the intersection of personal and political in the quest for authenticity and acceptance in society.

    The 9680th Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

    The book explores the emergence of surveillance capitalism, a new form of capitalism that thrives on personal data. The author details how tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, collect and use personal data to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control. The book delves into the consequences of this phenomenon on economy, society, and democracy, warning about the dangers of unchecked data collection and manipulation.

    The 9989th Greatest Book of All Time
  15. 15. No Turning Back by Rania Abouzeid

    "No Turning Back" provides a gripping and intimate portrayal of the Syrian war through the eyes of four individuals whose lives are transformed by the uprising against the Assad regime. The narrative delves deep into the personal stories of a young revolutionary, a child refugee, a jihadist, and a disillusioned government soldier, offering a nuanced and humanizing perspective on the complex conflict. The book captures the brutal realities and emotional depths of the Syrian struggle, highlighting the enduring human spirit amidst chaos and destruction.

    The 10207th Greatest Book of All Time
  16. 16. How To Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates Sr.

    In "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," the author presents a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the challenges and potential solutions to mitigate climate change. Drawing on his extensive experience in technology and philanthropy, he outlines the current state of global emissions and their impacts on the planet. The book emphasizes the importance of innovative technologies and government policies in transitioning to cleaner energy sources. It offers a pragmatic approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by advocating for a combination of renewable energy adoption, carbon capture techniques, and advancements in agriculture and manufacturing. The author's insights aim to mobilize individuals, businesses, and policymakers towards urgent action to avert the catastrophic effects of climate change.

    The 10259th Greatest Book of All Time
  17. 17. This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes

    In "This Much Is True," the author presents a candid and humorous autobiography that delves into her life as a celebrated actress and storyteller. With a career spanning decades in theater, film, and television, she shares personal anecdotes and reflections on her professional journey, her identity, and her experiences with fame and the arts. Known for her wit and no-nonsense attitude, the author offers readers an intimate look at the highs and lows of her life, her outspoken views on various issues, and the colorful encounters she's had with notable personalities throughout her vibrant career.

    The 10447th Greatest Book of All Time
  18. 18. The Dawn Watch by Maya Jasanoff

    "The Dawn Watch" explores the life and times of Joseph Conrad, delving into the profound impact of his experiences as a sailor and immigrant on his celebrated literary works. The book weaves together a biography of Conrad with an analysis of the globalization processes that shaped the modern world, as reflected in his novels. By examining themes such as imperialism, capitalism, and cultural encounters, the narrative not only sheds light on Conrad's personal struggles and insights but also on how his writings foresaw and articulated the complexities and challenges of today's global society.

    The 11067th Greatest Book of All Time
  19. 19. The House Of The Dead by Daniel Beer

    "The House of the Dead" explores the brutal reality of life in Siberian penal colonies during the nineteenth century, where the Russian Empire sent thousands of prisoners to endure incredibly harsh conditions. The book provides a detailed historical account, drawing on a wealth of archival material and personal stories to illuminate the lives of these exiles. It examines the impact of exile on the transformation of Russia, revealing how the penal system influenced both the society and the political landscape, including the rise of revolutionary movements. Through its vivid narrative, the book paints a comprehensive picture of suffering, survival, and the human capacity to adapt in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.

    The 11067th Greatest Book of All Time
  20. 20. A (Very) Short History Of Life On Earth: 4.6 Billion Years In 12 Pithy Chapters by Henry Gee​

    "A (Very) Short History Of Life On Earth: 4.6 Billion Years In 12 Pithy Chapters" is a concise exploration of the vast expanse of time that has shaped life on our planet. From the origins of life to the evolution of complex organisms, the book takes readers on a captivating journey through the key milestones and transformations that have occurred over the course of 4.6 billion years. With wit and clarity, the author presents a fascinating overview of Earth's biological history, offering a deeper understanding of our place in the grand tapestry of life.

    The 11091st Greatest Book of All Time
  21. 21. Poems Of Donald Davie by David Donald

    The collection presents a curated selection of lyrical works by a renowned poet, known for his technical mastery and intellectual depth. The poems reflect a wide range of themes, from personal reflections to cultural critiques, all delivered with a precise use of language and a commitment to formal structure. The poet's engagement with history, morality, and the nuances of human experience is evident throughout the anthology, offering readers a profound exploration of the complexities of the modern world through the lens of poetry.

    The 11330th Greatest Book of All Time

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