What are the best books about the dark side of human nature?

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    #1Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.

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    Jordan Watkins
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Lord of the Flies is an excellent book as it reminds us what happens when law and order are not enforced. The story telling is solid and the cast of characters are all interesting. I felt genuine concern for all of them throughout the book."
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Randy Webb
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "To kill a mockingbird is such a classic novel. It tells a tale of prejudice and shows the darker sides of human nature with the setting in the south. Racism ran high during the setting of this book. It's a hard subject but necessary subject and shows us what not to do, but also shows us the courage of someone who stood up for what is right. "
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    #3Walden and Civil Disobedience

    Walden and Civil Disobedience
    Signet Classics' Walden and Civil Disobedience is a 150th-anniversary version of Henry David Thoreau's masterwork. It's a collection of his reflections on life and society.
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    Elizabeth Valdez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Not completely dark. It has it's dark bits and pieces here and there, but it's more inspirational than dark by far."
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    #4Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.

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    Brandon Hudson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Mockingjay (The Hunger Games) was my personal favorite in the trilogy and enjoyed the resolution of the series. As a family we had seen the movies and decided to read the books. We used this as a book club for the family and we all loved the story and discussing Mockingjay as we went. There is more to the story than the movie and it is great."
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    #51984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Keith Alexander
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "One of the best books ever writen. Ahead of its time, and very scary and the starter of many a conversation."
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    #6Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Gregory Smith
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Catching Fire is the second book of the exciting trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The book's premise and setup is quite interesting and I found the book to be very well written. Catching fire expands on the gladiatorial type combat of the first book and the love triangle continues. This trilogy is great for readers of all ages because it is action filled and focused on love for family."
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    #7Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)

    Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)
    Parable of the Sower, the 1st book in the Parable series, is a futuristic dystopian novel written by Octavia Butler, a Hugo and Nebula Award winner. It tells the story of Lauren Olamina, who is trying to survive and bring order back to a chaotic world.
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    María Jaramillo
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Parable of the Sower is a very smart book and a great take on how humans hold each other back from progress. The dystopia here is more believable than others I've read. I really appreciated how the story show a lot of darkness but also how resilient people can be when facing true evil."
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    #8Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Amit Patel
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I have always been curious about the the dark nature of human beings. Likewise, I have always loved to read books that focus on the dark side of human nature. The greatest book I have read so far that does this is Animal Farm by George Orwell. "
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    #9The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York is a non-fiction novel originally published in 2010. This book explores the current environmental issues that humanity is facing.

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    Martín Meléndez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "It was informative to an extent but it was opinions for the most part."
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    #10Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.

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    Bobby Warren
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a very well known, and beloved book from the author Tolstoy. This may be his best known book even. The themes of adultery and betrayal are central, and the book explores the darker desires of the human mind. This is exactly what I expect from this search criteria, and this should satisfy anyone looking for a classic work, with a darker perspective."
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    #11The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.

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    Michael Baker
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The man without qualities features the dark side of human nature in the world war 2 era. It really leaves nothing back and grinds at you. You'll leave this book feeling awful, yet enlightened."
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    #12The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    This Richard Dawkins' book on evolution explains how it is genes, rather than individuals, that are truly in charge of evolution of species, which would be the reason why two individuals who are very close genetically tend to act selflessly with the other. 

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    Aarav Malik
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The book revolves around evolution theory, I strongly recommend it for people that want to learn about genes and evolution"

Summary

Best What are the best books about the dark side of human nature
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Lord of the FliesBooks 52 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 48 Paid
3Walden and Civil DisobedienceBooks 39 Paid
4Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)Books 34 Paid
51984Books 29 Paid
6Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)Books 24 Paid
7Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)Books 21 Paid
8Animal FarmBooks 9 Paid
9The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the EarthBooks 8 Paid
10Anna KareninaBooks 5 Free
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