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1 The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger - The Perfect Storm, 2000 4534
2 Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer - Into the Wild, 2007 4065
3 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson, based on two-part series in Rolling Stone, 1971 - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 3322
4 Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser - Fast Food Nation, 2006 1891
5 The Anarchist Cookbook, William Powell - The Anarchist Cookbook, 2002 1655
6 Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes, 1999 1381
7 Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean - Dead Man Walking, 1995 1218
8 Mommie Dearest, Christina Crawford - Mommie Dearest, 1981 1056
9 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind - Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, 2005 1028
10 Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen - Girl, Interrupted, 1999 1020
11 Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer - Seven Years in Tibet, 1997 987
12 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1997 923
13 Touching the Void, Joe Simpson - Touching the Void, 2003 768
14 Awakenings, Oliver Sacks - Awakenings, 1990 732
15 Papillon, Henri Charrière - Papillon, 1973 715
16 Out of Africa, Karen Blixen - Out of Africa, 1985 695
17 A Civil Action, Jonathan Harr - A Civil Action, 1998 671
18 All the President's Men, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - All the President's Men, 1976 659
19 Cheaper by the Dozen, Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey - Cheaper by the Dozen, 1950 648
20 Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam - October Sky, 1999 642
21 Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs - Running with Scissors, 2006 566
22 The Basketball Diaries, Jim Carroll - The Basketball Diaries, 1995 536
23 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), David Reuben - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), 1972 501
24 And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts - And the Band Played On, 1993 463
25 Diarios de motocicleta, Che Guevara - The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004 425
26 Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, Piers Paul Read - Alive: The Miracle of the Andes 414
27 The Pianist, Władysław Szpilman - The Pianist, 2002 403
28 Midnight Express, Billy Hayes - Midnight Express, 1978 270
29 A Night to Remember, Walter Lord - A Night to Remember, 1958 249
30 The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean - Adaptation., 2002 246
31 The Man-eaters of Tsavo, John Henry Patterson - Bwana Devil, 1952 ; The Ghost and the Darkness, 1996 231
32 The Short-Timers, Gustav Hasford - Full Metal Jacket, 1987 222
33 Private Parts, Howard Stern - Private Parts, 1997 202
34 84 Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff - 84 Charing Cross Road, 1975, 1987 201
35 My Left Foot, Christy Brown - My Left Foot, 1989 193
36 The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria von Trapp - The Sound of Music, 1965 177
37 Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand - Seabiscuit, 2003 172
38 Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat - Never Cry Wolf, 1983 156
39 Before Night Falls, Reinaldo Arenas - Before Night Falls, 2000 154
40 The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone - The Agony and the Ecstasy, 1965 154
41 Zodiac and Zodiac Unmasked, Robert Graysmith - Zodiac, 2006 146
42 Jarhead, Anthony Swofford - Jarhead, 2005 138
43 Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Fantasia Barrino - The Fantasia Barrino Story, 2006 128
44 Hideous Kinky, Esther Freud - Hideous Kinky, 1998 124
45 "The Man Who Knew Too Much", Marie Brenner, Vanity Fair, 1996 - The Insider, 1999 121
46 The Secret Life of Plants, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird - The Secret Life of Plants, 1979 115
47 See No Evil, Robert Baer - Syriana, 2005 104
48 A Rumor of War, Philip Caputo - A Rumor of War, 1980 98
49 A Mighty Heart, Mariane Pearl - A Mighty Heart, 2007 92
50 Lost Moon, Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger - Apollo 13, 1995 81
51 The Honest Courtesan, Margaret Rosenthal - Dangerous Beauty, 1998 74
52 Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Jean Kerr - Please Don't Eat the Daisies, 1960 73
53 Castaway, Lucy Irvine - Castaway, 1986 68
54 I, Tina, Tina Turner - What's Love Got to Do with It?, 1993 67
55 Raging Bull: My Story, Jake LaMotta - Raging Bull, 1980 65
56 The Story of Mankind, Hendrik Willem van Loon - The Story of Mankind, 1957 63
57 Joe Gould's Secret, Joseph Mitchell - Joe Gould's Secret, 2000 58
58 My Early Life: A Roving Commission, Winston Churchill - Young Winston, 1972 58
59 Finding Fish, Antwone Quenton Fisher - Antwone Fisher, 2002 57
60 Escape from Alcatraz, J. Campbell Bruce - Escape from Alcatraz, 1979 56
61 The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - The Final Days, 1989 56
62 J'ai serré la main du diable (Shake Hands with the Devil), Roméo Dallaire - Shake Hands with the Devil, 2007 53
63 Gypsy: A Memoir, Gypsy Rose Lee - Gypsy, 1962, 1993 51
64 Live from Baghdad, Robert Wiener - Live from Baghdad, 2002 50
65 My Autobiography, Charlie Chaplin - Chaplin, 1992 49
66 The Strawberry Statement, James Simon Kunen - The Strawberry Statement, 1970 48
67 Our Cancer Year, Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner - American Splendor, 2003 45
68 Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie - Bound for Glory, 1976 43
69 Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, 1972 43
70 "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night", New York - Nik Cohn - Saturday Night Fever, 1977 40
71 Cash: The Autobiography, Johnny Cash - Walk the Line, 2005 39
72 Young Man with a Horn, Dorothy Baker - Young Man with a Horn, 1950 35
73 Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words, Johnny Cash - Walk the Line, 2005 33
74 Inside Hitler's Bunker, Joachim Fest - Der Untergang (Downfall), 2004 32
75 Across the Wide Missouri, Bernard DeVoto - Across the Wide Missouri, 1951 30
76 Chaplin: His Life and Art, David Robinson - Chaplin, 1992 27
77 UFO Crash at Roswell, Kevin D. Randle and Donald R. Schmitt - Roswell, 1994 24
78 Marie Antoinette: The Journey, Antonia Fraser - Marie-Antoinette, 2006 22
79 Our Sunshine, Robert Drewe - Ned Kelly, 2003 21
80 The Dam Busters, Paul Brickhill - The Dam Busters, 1954 - see also Enemy Coast Ahead 21
81 One Who Walked Alone and Day of the Stranger, Novalyne Price Ellis - The Whole Wide World, 1996 21
82 Elegy for Iris, John Bayley - Iris, 2001 20
83 Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith - Pollock, 2000 19
84 Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel, Marty Jezer - Steal This Movie!, 2000 17
85 True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny, Daniel Topolski - True Blue, 1996 16
86 Enemy Coast Ahead, Guy Gibson - The Dam Busters, 1954 - see also The Dam Busters 16
87 Ondskan (Evil), Jan Guillou - Evil <br> 14
88 Twelve Days of Terror, Richard Fernicola - 12 Days of Terror, 2004 13
89 The Conquest of Space, Chesley Bonestell & Willy Ley - Conquest of Space, 1955 9
90 Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel - Prozac Nation, 2001 9
91 To America with Love, Abbie Hoffman - Steal This Movie!, 2000 8
92 Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, Bob Woodward - Wired, 1989 7
93 Viva Villa!, Edgecumb Pinchon & Odo B. Stade - Viva Villa!, 1934 5
94 The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia, 1962 ; A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, 1990 < 5
95 Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, Hayden Herrera - Frida, 2002 < 5
96 In Cold Blood, Truman Capote - In Cold Blood, 1967 < 5
97 Catatan Seorang Demonstran, Soe Hok Gie - Gie, 2005 < 5
98 Nine and a Half Weeks: a memoir of a love affair, Elizabeth McNeill - 9½ Weeks, 1986 < 5
99 We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young, Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway - We Were Soldiers, 2002 < 5
100 The Wild Boy of Aveyron, Jean Itard - L'Enfant Sauvage (Wild Child), 1970 < 5
101 Friday Night Lights, H. G. Bissinger - Friday Night Lights, 2004 < 5
102 Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Mark Bowden - Black Hawk Down, 2001 < 5
103 Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom - Tuesdays With Morrie, 1999 < 5
104 Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey < 5
105 My Posse Don't Do Homework, Louanne Johnson - Dangerous Minds, 1995 < 5







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