10-must-read nonfiction books for teens
Rakesh Godhwani
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Would like to add a few more (based on my reading) :-

History/(auto)Biography:-

  1. Long Walk to Freedom — Nelson Mandela
  2. Freedom at Midnight — Dominique Lapierre / Larry Collins
  3. Is Paris Burning — Dominique Lapierre / Larry Collins
  4. Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman — Richard Feynman
  5. How to Lie with Statistics — Darell Huff
  6. Ascent of Man — Not a book but a DVD series which though 40 years old is relevant even today
  7. To Sir,with love — John Braithwaite
  8. Einstein-His life and Universe — Walter Isaasson

Science / Maths -

  1. What is Mathematics ? — Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins
  2. QED — Richard Feynman
  3. The Joy of Finding Things out — Richard Feynman
  4. The Selfish Gene — Richard Dawkins
  5. Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
  6. Chaos: Making a New Science — James Gleick
  7. Origins — Neil de Grasse Tyson
  8. The first three minutes — Steven Weinberg
  9. Just Six Numbers — Martin Rees
  10. The Joy of x — Steven Strogatz
  11. The Signal and the Noise — Nate Silver

Business / Economics-

  1. The Google Story
  2. Maverick — Ricardo Semler

Others-

  1. The world as I see it — Einstein

Many others — some need a bit more advanced and serious study but once you get the habit of reading non-fiction it is easy to see it is no less,if not more, interesting than reading fiction.