The Greatest Nigerian, Russian, Multiple "Nonfiction" Books Since 1980

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  1. 1. Ake: The Years Of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

    "Ake: The Years of Childhood" is a memoir that chronicles the early years of a Nigerian boy growing up in the town of Ake. Set in the 1940s, the book vividly captures the author's experiences, from his close-knit family life to his encounters with colonialism and the struggle for independence. Through his insightful and lyrical prose, the author takes readers on a nostalgic journey filled with rich cultural traditions, humorous anecdotes, and poignant reflections on the complexities of childhood.

    The 2188th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Unwomanly Face Of War by Svetlana Alexievich

    "The Unwomanly Face Of War" is a powerful and poignant collection of interviews with Soviet women who fought in World War II. Through their testimonies, the author sheds light on the often overlooked and untold stories of these brave women who served as snipers, pilots, nurses, and soldiers on the front lines. The book explores their experiences, sacrifices, and the lasting impact of war on their lives, providing a unique and intimate perspective on the realities of war from a female point of view.

    The 4439th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The World Of Economics by John Eatwell, Murray Milgate, Peter Newman

    "The World of Economics" is a comprehensive reference book that serves as an essential guide to the field of economics, offering a wide-ranging compilation of entries penned by an international group of economists and scholars. The work covers key concepts, theories, and figures that have shaped economic thought, providing readers with a deep understanding of both historical and contemporary economic issues. Its encyclopedic format presents a wealth of information on various topics, including economic policy, market structures, and foundational principles, making it a valuable resource for students, professionals, and anyone interested in the complexities of how economies function and evolve.

    The 5008th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Male Daughters, Female Husbands by Ifi Amadiume

    "Male Daughters, Female Husbands" is an anthropological exploration of gender roles and power dynamics within the Igbo society of Nigeria. The book challenges traditional Western notions of gender and sexuality, focusing on the concept of "female husbands" - women who assume the roles and responsibilities typically associated with men. Through extensive research and personal narratives, the author examines the historical and cultural context of these gender roles, shedding light on the complex intersections of gender, power, and identity in Igbo society.

    The 5090th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Egyptian, Syrian, And Iraqi Revolutions by Hanna Batatu

    The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the socio-political dynamics and revolutionary movements in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq throughout the 20th century. It delves into the historical context, key political figures, and socio-economic conditions that led to the uprisings and transformations in these countries. The author meticulously examines the interplay of various social classes, political parties, and external influences, offering a detailed narrative and critical insights into the mechanisms of power, resistance, and change within these Arab states.

    The 6293rd Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    The book explores the importance of feminism in today's society and argues that gender equality is not just a women's issue, but a concern for everyone. Drawing from personal experiences and anecdotes, the author highlights the various ways in which gender inequality manifests itself and offers insightful perspectives on how we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable world for all.

    The 6406th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Four Agreements : A Calendar For Wisdom And Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

    The book presents a framework for personal growth and freedom based on four fundamental principles that encourage individuals to live with integrity, love, and happiness. These agreements are: to be impeccable with your word, to not take anything personally, to not make assumptions, and to always do your best. By adopting these agreements, the book suggests that one can break free from limiting beliefs that create suffering and instead, lead a life filled with peace, grace, and empowerment. The author draws upon ancient Toltec wisdom to offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

    The 6529th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. La Charte Du Mandé Et Autres Traditions Du Mali by Aboubakar Fofana, Jean-Louis Sagot

    "La Charte Du Mandé Et Autres Traditions Du Mali" is a comprehensive exploration of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Mali, focusing on the ancient Mandé Charter, also known as the Manden Charter. This seminal text delves into the origins and implications of this 13th-century document, which is one of the earliest forms of human rights charters. The book not only examines the charter's principles of social justice, equality, and political ethics but also contextualizes it within a broader spectrum of Malian traditions, shedding light on the country's profound historical narratives and the enduring cultural practices that continue to shape its identity.

    The 6945th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Shadows Of Tender Fury by Subcomandante Marcos

    "Shadows of Tender Fury" is a compilation of letters and communiqués written by Subcomandante Marcos, the spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in Chiapas, Mexico. The book documents the period following the 1994 Zapatista uprising, providing insights into the ideological motivations, social justice issues, and the demands for indigenous rights that define the movement. Through these writings, Marcos articulates the struggles and philosophies of the Zapatistas, blending political analysis with poetic eloquence, and offers a compelling voice in the fight against global economic inequality and for the empowerment of marginalized communities.

    The 6998th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. America Right Or Wrong by Anatol Lieven

    "America Right or Wrong" offers a critical examination of American nationalism and its impact on both domestic and foreign policy. The book delves into the historical roots of American national identity, exploring how deeply ingrained beliefs and myths have shaped the nation's political landscape. The author argues that these nationalistic sentiments have led to a polarized society and have influenced the United States' approach to international relations, often resulting in unilateral and militaristic actions. The book provides a nuanced analysis of the tensions between America's self-perception as a global force for good and the often contradictory realities of its actions on the world stage.

    The 7049th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. The Freud Reader by Sigmund Freud

    "The Freud Reader" is a comprehensive anthology that provides a key selection of Sigmund Freud's most important writings, spanning the entire length of his career. Edited by a prominent Freud scholar, this collection includes complete texts of some of his most famous works, as well as excerpts from his lesser-known writings. The book is designed to give readers a clear sense of Freud's development as a thinker and writer, presenting his ideas on psychoanalysis, the unconscious mind, dreams, the theory of sexuality, and the structure of the psyche. This reader serves as an essential introduction to Freud's groundbreaking theories and his contributions to the understanding of human psychology.

    The 7116th Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. The Diaries by Alma Mahler

    "The Diaries" is a personal and introspective account that offers a glimpse into the life of Alma Mahler, a prominent socialite and composer in early 20th-century Vienna. Through her diaries, Alma provides a vivid portrayal of her complex relationships, her struggles and triumphs in the artistic community, and her interactions with some of the most influential artists and intellectuals of her time. The entries reveal her inner thoughts, passions, and the challenges she faced as a woman navigating her identity and desires in a male-dominated society.

    The 7120th Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. My Half Century by Anna Akhmatova

    "My Half Century" is a reflective anthology that encapsulates the personal and professional life of a prominent Russian poetess through her own writings and letters, as well as critical essays about her work. The collection spans the tumultuous periods of Russian history from the early 20th century through the Stalinist era, providing a window into the poet's profound resilience and adaptation in the face of personal and political upheaval. Her poetry, marked by its emotional depth and lyrical beauty, explores themes of love, grief, and the endurance of the human spirit, while also subtly critiquing the oppressive political climate of her time. This compilation not only celebrates her literary genius but also her role as a witness to a critical period in Russian history.

    The 7120th Greatest Book of All Time
  14. 14. A Month And A Day by Ken Saro-Wiwa

    "A Month and a Day" is a poignant memoir that recounts the personal and political struggles of an environmental and human rights activist in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The author details his non-violent fight against the ecological destruction and economic exploitation wrought by multinational oil companies and the Nigerian government. His narrative provides an intimate glimpse into his dedicated activism, the resulting political imprisonment, and the broader socio-political issues facing his community. Through his eyes, readers gain insight into the complex interplay between environmental degradation, ethnic and economic tensions, and the relentless pursuit of justice and sustainability.

    The 7821st Greatest Book of All Time
  15. 15. The Truth About Chernobyl by Grigory Medvedev

    "The Truth About Chernobyl" is a detailed account of the catastrophic 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, written by Grigory Medvedev, a chief engineer at the plant during the 1970s. Drawing from his own experiences and extensive research, Medvedev exposes the series of events leading up to the explosion, the aftermath, and the cover-up by Soviet officials. The book provides an insider’s perspective on the failures in design, management, and operation of the reactor, and criticizes the lack of safety culture in the Soviet nuclear industry. Medvedev’s narrative not only highlights the technical aspects of the disaster but also delves into the human stories of those who lived through the tragedy, offering a poignant look at one of the worst nuclear accidents in history.

    The 8204th Greatest Book of All Time
  16. 16. The Diary Of A Gulag Prison Guard 1935 6 by Ivan Chistyakov

    "The Diary Of A Gulag Prison Guard 1935-6" is a chilling and harrowing memoir that provides a firsthand account of the atrocities and cruelty witnessed by Ivan Chistyakov during his time as a guard in a Soviet Gulag prison. Through his detailed entries, Chistyakov reveals the dehumanizing conditions, brutal punishments, and constant fear that both prisoners and guards endured within the oppressive Soviet regime. This haunting narrative serves as a stark reminder of the dark realities of the Gulag system and the lasting impact it had on the lives of countless individuals.

    The 8380th Greatest Book of All Time
  17. 17. Just The Arguments by Michael Bruce, Steven Barbone

    "Just The Arguments" provides a concise exploration of 100 of the most significant and influential philosophical arguments throughout history. Each argument is distilled into a brief and accessible summary, offering readers insights into complex philosophical ideas ranging from ancient to contemporary thought. The book is designed to serve as an introductory guide for students and enthusiasts of philosophy, presenting clear and straightforward explanations and analyses of key philosophical debates, making it an essential resource for anyone looking to understand the foundational arguments that have shaped philosophical discourse.

    The 8413th Greatest Book of All Time
  18. 18. Japanese Philosophy by John C. Maraldo, Thomas P. Kasulis, James W. Heisig

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of Japanese philosophy, exploring its unique characteristics and its evolution through history. It delves into the diverse intellectual traditions of Japan, including both well-known philosophical schools and lesser-known but equally significant ideas. The text examines how Japanese philosophy has been influenced by and has interacted with other philosophical traditions, particularly Western philosophy, while also highlighting its distinct approach to fundamental philosophical issues such as ethics, aesthetics, and the nature of reality. Through a detailed analysis, the book offers insights into how Japanese philosophical thought has contributed to broader philosophical discourse and how it reflects the cultural and historical context of Japan.

    The 8424th Greatest Book of All Time
  19. 19. In Confidence by Anatoly Dobrynin

    "In Confidence" is a memoir by a former Soviet ambassador that provides an insider's view of Cold War diplomacy from the perspective of the Soviet Union. The book offers detailed accounts of the ambassador's interactions with several U.S. administrations, revealing the complexities of U.S.-Soviet relations and the personal and political challenges of navigating this high-stakes diplomatic landscape. Through his unique vantage point, the author sheds light on major historical events and decisions, offering insights into the strategic thinking and interpersonal dynamics that shaped the Cold War era.

    The 8468th Greatest Book of All Time
  20. 20. Other Russias by Victoria Lomasko

    "Other Russias" is a powerful and thought-provoking graphic novel that offers an intimate and unfiltered glimpse into the lives of marginalized individuals and communities in contemporary Russia. Through her stunning illustrations and poignant interviews, Victoria Lomasko sheds light on the struggles, hopes, and resilience of diverse groups such as LGBTQ+ activists, migrant workers, political dissidents, and the forgotten voices of rural communities. This eye-opening book challenges stereotypes and provides a humanizing portrayal of those who are often overlooked or silenced in Russian society.

    The 8495th Greatest Book of All Time
  21. 21. The Philosophical Works Of Al Kindi by Peter E. Pormann, Peter Adamson

    This book is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the works of Al-Kindi, often regarded as the first of the Muslim peripatetic philosophers. The text delves into Al-Kindi's extensive contributions to various fields of knowledge, including philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine, highlighting his role as a pivotal figure in the translation and transmission of ancient Greek philosophy to the Islamic world. Through translations of his works and insightful commentary, the book provides a critical exploration of Al-Kindi's synthesis of philosophical thought and his influence on subsequent Islamic and Western intellectual traditions.

    The 8518th Greatest Book of All Time
  22. 22. The Periodic Table by Adrian Dingle, Simon Basher

    "The Periodic Table" is an educational book that presents the elements of the periodic table in a unique and engaging way. Aimed at younger readers, the book personifies each element, giving it a distinct voice and personality to make the scientific content accessible and entertaining. Through vivid illustrations and concise explanations, the book covers essential concepts about the structure and behavior of elements, their roles in the natural world, and their applications in various fields of science and industry. This approach not only helps demystify complex chemistry topics but also sparks curiosity and enthusiasm for science in its readers.

    The 9273rd Greatest Book of All Time
  23. 23. The Edge Of Physics by Anil Ananthaswamy

    "The Edge of Physics" is a captivating exploration into the most extreme and remote scientific observatories around the world, where physicists are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the universe. The book delves into the challenges and adventures faced by scientists as they work in inhospitable and often dangerous environments—from deep underground mines to high mountaintops and the icy expanses of Antarctica—to conduct experiments that probe the mysteries of dark matter, cosmic rays, and the origins of the universe itself. Through vivid storytelling, the book not only sheds light on cutting-edge scientific research but also reflects on the profound human curiosity and relentless pursuit of knowledge that drive these extraordinary endeavors.

    The 9529th Greatest Book of All Time
  24. 24. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

    This book provides a deeply researched examination of the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, focusing on the lives of four individuals born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. The book explores how, after the fall of the Soviet Union, instead of moving towards a democratic society, Russia has seen a rise in a new form of totalitarianism under its current leadership. It delves into the psychological shift in the Russian populace, the government's use of homophobia as a method of control, and how the internet and social media have been weaponized for political purposes.

    The 9613th Greatest Book of All Time
  25. 25. Gorgias/Gorgias : The Sicilian Orator And The Platonic Dialogue by Coleen P. Zoller, Jurgen R. Gatt, S. Montgomery Ewegen

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Platonic dialogue centered on the figure of Gorgias, a renowned Sicilian orator and sophist. It delves into the philosophical conversations between Socrates and Gorgias, along with other interlocutors, exploring themes such as rhetoric, justice, and the nature of the good life. The text examines the intricacies of Socratic dialectic and the contrast between philosophical inquiry and the art of persuasion practiced by sophists. Through this exploration, the book sheds light on the enduring questions about the relationship between power, knowledge, and ethics in the context of human discourse and action.

    The 10032nd Greatest Book of All Time

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