Most Influential Non-Fiction Books Since World War 2

  1. Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex
  2. Marc Bloch: The Historian’s Craft
  3. James Burnham: The Managerial Revolution
  4. Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus
  5. Erich Fromm: Fear of Freedom
  6. Max Horkheimer: Dialectic of Enlightenment
  7. Karl Jaspers: The Perennial Shape of Philosophy
  8. Franz Neumann: Behemoth: the Structure and Practice of National Socialism 1933–1944
  9. Karl Polanyi: The Great Transformation: The Political & Economic Origins of Our Time
  10. Karl Popper: The Open Society & its Enemies
  11. Jean Paul Sartre: Existentialism Is a Humanism
  12. Joseph Schumpeter: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy
  13. Martin Wright: Power Politics
  14. Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism
  15. Raymond Aron: The Opium of Intellectuals
  16. Kenneth J Arow: Social Choice and Individual Values
  17. Roland Barthes: Mythologies
  18. Norman Cohn: The Pursuit Of The Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages
  19. Milovan Djilas: The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System
  20. Mircea Eliade: Images and Symbols
  21. Erik H Erikson: Young Man Luther: A Study In Psychoanalysis and History
  22. Lucien Febvre: The Struggle for History
  23. John Kenneth Galbraith: The Affluent Society
  24. Erving Goffman: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
  25. Arthur Koestler: The God That Failed: Six Studies in Communism
  26. Primo Levi: Survival in Auschwitz
  27. Claude Lévi-Strauss: Tristes Tropiques
  28. Czeslaw Milosz: The Captive Mind
  29. David Riesman: The Lonely Crowd
  30. Herbert Simon: Models of Man: Social and Rational
  31. CP Snow: The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution
  32. Leo Strauss: Natural Right and History
  33. Jacob Leib Talmon: The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy
  34. Alan J. Taylor: The Struggle for Mastery in Europe (1848–1918)
  35. Arnold Toynbee: The Study of History
  36. Karl A. Wittfogel: Oriental Despotism
  37. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations
  38. Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem
  39. Daniel Bell: The End of Ideology: On the Exhaustion of Political Ideas in the Fifties
  40. Isaiah Berlin: Liberty
  41. Elias Canetti: Crowds and Power
  42. Robert A Dahl: Who Governs? Democracy and Power in an American City
  43. Mary Douglas: Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
  44. Erik H Erikson: Gandhi’s Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence
  45. Michel Foucault: Madness and Civilisation
  46. Milton Friedman: Capitalism and Freedom
  47. Alexander Gerschenkron: Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective — A Book of Essays
  48. Antonio Gramsci: The Prison Notebooks
  49. F A Hayek: The Constitution of Liberty
  50. Jane Jacobs: The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  51. Carl Jung: Memories, Dreams, Reflections
  52. Thomas S Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  53. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie: The Peasants of Languedoc
  54. Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Savage Mind
  55. Konrad Lorenz: On Aggression
  56. Thomas C. Schelling: The Strategy of Conflict
  57. Fritz Stern: The Politics Of Cultural Despair: A Study In The Rise Of The Germanic Ideology
  58. EP Thompson: The Making of the English Working Class
  59. Daniel Bell: The Cultural Contradictions Of Capitalism
  60. Isaiah Berlin: Russian Thinkers
  61. Ronald Dworkin: Taking Rights Seriously
  62. Clifford Geertz: The Interpretation of Cultures
  63. Albert O Hirschman: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States
  64. Leszek Kolakowski: Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, The Golden Age, The Breakdown
  65. Hans Kung: On Being A Christian
  66. Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State and Utopia
  67. John Rawls: A Theory of Justice
  68. Gershom Scholem: The Messianic Idea in Judaism
  69. EF Schumacher: Small is Beautiful
  70. Tibor Scitovsky: The Joyless Economy: The Psychology of Human Satisfaction
  71. Quentin Skinner: The Foundations of Modern Political Thought
  72. Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn : The Gulag Archipelago
  73. Keith Thomas: Religion and the Decline of Magic
  74. Raymond Aron: Memoirs: Fifty Years of Political Reflection
  75. Peter L. Berger: The Capitalist Revolution: Fifty Propositions About Prosperity, Equality, and Liberty
  76. Norberto Bobbio: The Future of Democracy: A Defence of the Rules of the Game
  77. Karl Dietrich Bracher: The Totalitarian Experience
  78. John Eatwell, Murray Milgate & Peter Newman : The New Palgrave: The World of Economics
  79. Ernest Gellner: Nations and Nationalism
  80. Vaclav Havel: Living in Truth
  81. Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
  82. Paul Kennedy: The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
  83. Primo Levi: The Drowned and the Saved
  84. Roger Penrose: The Emperor’s Mind
  85. Richard Rorty: Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
  86. Amartya Sen: Resources, Values, and Development
  87. Michael Walzer: Spheres Of Justice: A Defense Of Pluralism And Equality
  88. CS Lewis: Mere Christianity