Most people love reading books. Be they fiction or nonfiction, books give us a gratifying entertainment. We end up in another world, exotic places, and even travel through time within the bounds of a book. The majority of people admit that they have read books from the fiction genre. However, there are tons of underrated nonfiction books that can change your life.
The great thing with nonfiction books is that they depict and retell the reality of the world and life. Nonfiction books range from poetry, historical books, biographies, and self-help materials among others.
If you want to expand your horizon, you might be surprised at how great nonfiction books are. Here are five bestselling nonfiction books of all time that you should read!
Hiroshima by John Hersey
The world will forever remember this important life event throughout the history. The world suffered the wrath of humanity as the first ever successful atomic bomb dropped in the populous city of Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshima is a retelling of the terrible memories the survivors had endured during the catastrophe.
It is a poignant reminder of the fragility of the human spirit and a story “that stirs the conscience of humanity.” Let us relive the painful history by reading this book. There is no doubt that it will touch your hearts and you will strive to achieve long-lasting peace.
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Art Spiegelman is a well-known New York Times comic book artist who is famous for creating a memoir about his father, Vladek Spiegelman. For those who didn’t know, Vladek was a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s European Blitz Kraig. The main story revolves around the Jew’s brutal torture and experience they’d endured during the Holocaust. It also follows how a son like Art struggles into understanding the fate of his father as well as the historical era they’d experienced.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
Don’t let this book fool you. You might think this is another typical health book that tackles the disadvantages of eating fast foods and how sticking to healthy foods will help you lose weight, but no, it’s more than that. It’s actually a serious yet hilarious book that tackles how the fast food chains widened the chasms between the rich and poor, how it triggered the epidemic obesity, and how it also fueled the American cultural imperialism worldwide. It makes an in-depth explanation of food and how it greatly affects our health and culture.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This book addresses the horrific, savage massacre of the Clutter family in a small town in Holcomb, Kansas. This story will take you on the painful investigation of the capture, trial, and eventual execution of the killers. It also shows how justice shall prevail at all times, no matter how painful it is.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
You may have known Stephen King as the best-selling author of horror and thriller genre, but Stephen proves that his writing extends to the nonfiction genre.
This masterpiece is a compelling book centered around the struggles and aspirations of creating and writing a book. We recommend that all writing aficionados read this book as it will help them craft their pieces as they embark on their writing careers.
Black Boy by Richard Wright
One of the most notorious yet brutal forms of slavery in history was the racial discrimination of the African-Americans. This story depicts the harsh realities that a Black boy endured against the Whites. This coming of age story follows his journey through the toils of growing up fatherless and explores in-depth topics such as religion (in this case, atheism), racism and struggling to find your place in a world you don’t neatly fit into.