What are the best non-fiction books for college-bound readers?

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    #1Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.
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    Kimberly George
    Written on May 17, 2018
    ""Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" opens up a sad door to a heartbreaking period of history. You will hear first-hand that the 1800's brought agony to undeserving people who selected a lifestyle bounded by the wilderness. This was not enough to prevent the destruction of a dynasty. Take it in and reflect on this remarkable period of time. You will be changed."
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    #2Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond. It serves as a history of the world's societies, how they came to be the way they are, and how they were shaped by the environment.

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    Walter Schmidt
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Guns, Germs, and Steel is a colorful and entertaining story of a few hard elements that might have had a greater hand at shaping the world than we realized. I was very pleased at how the author kept the huge concepts constrained to smaller and concise sentences that didn't drag on and make it hard to follow."
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    #3Hiroshima

    Hiroshima
    John Hersey's heart-wrenching book Hiroshima recounts what happened on the day the first ever atomic bomb was dropped on a city. It includes narratives by eyewitnesses who survived the bombing. 
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    Johnny Diaz
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "For a college-bound student going into history, this book is critical. This novel which is based on true fact, tells the story of what happened the day that the first ever atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima."
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    #4Silent Spring

    Silent Spring
    Silent Spring is a book by biologist Rachel Carson. First published in 1962, it advocates for environmental conservation by raising awareness about the dangers of chemicals to humans, animals, and the environment.
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    Joshua Hunt
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This would be a very interesting and on-point choice if I was going into some field it was relative too. However, I feel like some book that will be more in line with my general studies, particularly English studies would be far more helpful to prepare me for what I will be reading in college."
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    #5Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 

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    Kevin Taylor
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Full of suspense, adventure, and ultimately tragedy. Into Thin Air is a definite page turner and is sure to enthrall college-bound readers."
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    #6The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddharta Mukherjee. It chronicles the advent of the disease from its first appearance five thousand years ago, up to modern medicine's ongoing battle to cure it.

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    Terry Bryant
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I have never heard of this book before. However, as an ardent fan of biographies, this is incredibly interesting. However, for the idea of "best non-fiction books for college-bound readers," this doesn't seem to fit the bill. This is only because it's very niche. I would heavily suggest this be a read for incoming med students and anthropologists, but not necessarily outside of that."
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    #7The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a non-fiction book written by human rights activist, Malcolm X. Originally published in 1964, it tells the story of his fight for equality among the races.
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    Wayne McDonald
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X Summary. 1-Sentence-Summary: The Autobiography Of Malcolm X chronicles the life and work of one of the most influential members of the civil rights movement in the United States. Favorite quote from the author: Not everyone who deserves an autobiography gets one. Published posthumously, The Autobiography of Malcolm X is an ... the book describes Malcolm's childhood in Michigan. Get all the key plot points of Malcolm X's The Autobiography of Malcolm X on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes."
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    #8The Guns of August

    The Guns of August
    The Guns of August is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by renowned historian Barbara Tuchman. It recounts the first month of World War I: the thirty days of August 1914.
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    Raymond Ferguson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I found this book very good. The Guns of August is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by renowned historian Barbara Tuchman. It recounts the first month of World War I: the thirty days of August 1914."
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    #9The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.
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    Douglas Arnold
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a deep and intriguing novel or commentary written by Machiavelli that delves into political and sociological science and explores the values of these systems. It's quite a page-turner and is really thoughtful and full of wisdom. Reading along these lines is great for intellectual thinking and profound thoughts on the systems that made us the way we are today."
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    #10Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Eric Jordan
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I mean come on everyone already knows about the vain illed Nazis we all know their story, we really need to know no more. This book is only if you're into hearing stories about concentration camps. The average student or person has no need to read this book, there is nothing valauble about it, unless you like to be depressed."
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    #11Fast Food Nation:The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

    Fast Food Nation:The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
    Published in 2001, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser shows how the fast food industry has changed and altered America and its landscape in a level never seen before, like the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor and the obesity epidemic.

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    Anthony Vargas
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I read this book in college and I enjoyed it. This book was such an eye opener and made me like the class so much that I was motivated to discover more about the topic. Definitely recommend it. "
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    #12Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

    Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
    Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by one of the most notable storytellers in the publications, Edith Hamilton gives another breakthrough as she unfolds the fable and fantasy behind the Western culture of Greek gods and heroes.
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    Anthony Douglas
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I feel like there are a lot of things you should know as you head off to college, and this is a very broad subgenre that could address many of them. Financial preparation, self-help, culinary skills... the list really is endless. Somewhere way, WAY down is mythology. While this might be a nifty little read, I wouldn't consider it indispensable non-fiction for college-bound readers. You're certain to find more pertinent topics elsewhere."

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Best What are the best non-fiction books for college-bound readers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBooks 34 Paid
2Guns, Germs, and SteelBooks 31 Paid
3HiroshimaBooks 30 Paid
4Silent SpringBooks 29 Paid
5Into Thin AirBooks 28 Paid
6The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerBooks 27 Paid
7The Autobiography of Malcolm XBooks 25 Paid
8The Guns of AugustBooks 24 Paid
9The PrinceBooks 23 Paid
10Man's Search for MeaningBooks 22 Paid
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