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The Board of the Modern Library has announced its selection of the 100 Best Nonfiction books of the century - published first in English..
LOS ANGELES, April 29, 1999 - The Modern Library has selected its list of the 100 best nonfiction books written in English and published in the 20th Century.
The voting members of the Modern Library editorial board are: A. S. Byatt, Caleb Carr, Christopher Cerf, Shelby Foote, Stephen Jay Gould, Vartan Gregorian, Charles Johnson, Jon Krakauer, Edmund Morris, Elaine Pagels, John Richardson, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Carolyn See.
The Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books were chosen for their literary and intellectual merit. Board members could vote only for books that they themselves had read and could not vote for their own books, although books by board members are included on the final list. Books were selected regardless of publisher and it was agreed that any author would be represented by only one title. Finally, each board member was allowed to add to the list one book that he or she felt passionately should be included. "The intelligence and breadth of this list fully captures the adventure of reading widely and well," said Ann Godoff, president, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Random House. "To anyone who loves books, to see Rachel Carson beside T. S. Eliot, or E. M. Forster flanked by Richard Wright's Black Boy and Shelby Foote's The Civil War, is simply exhilarating. Our Modern Library editorial board has outdone itself." The list was carefully compiled during an eight-month process. Voting was conducted from a master ballot of over 900 titles that had been assembled by Modern Library and Random House staff and then added to by the board members. The board met twice in New York, first to determine the selection criteria and then to assess the list's progress. Every book was rated by each board member on a numeric scale, with two rounds of voting. To assemble the final list of 100 titles, Professor Albert Madansky of the University of Chicago undertook the delicate task of ranking the votes of all of the voting board members. His statistical analysis explicitly took into account several variables, and applied a rigorous and systematic methodology to the ranking. When an author had more than one book in the list, the editorial board decision to include only one book by each author was implemented by including only the author's highest ranked book. Of the 100 books on the best nonfiction list, seven are currently out of print and six were written by authors who had works on last year's Modern Library 100 Best Novels list: Virginia Woolf, William Styron, Ralph Ellison, Vladimir Nabokov, Richard Wright, and E. M. Forster. The Modern Library will publish four titles selected from the final list as special edition Modern Library paperbacks: The Education of Henry Adams, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Up From Slavery, and Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians.
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1. The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams
2. The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James
3. Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington
4. A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
5. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
6. Selected Essays, 1917­1932, T. S. Eliot
7. The Double Helix, James D. Watson
8. Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov
9. The American Language, H. L. Mencken
10. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes
11. The Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas
12. The Frontier in American History, Frederick Jackson Turner
13. Black Boy, Richard Wright
14. Aspects of the Novel, E. M. Forster
15. The Civil War, Shelby Foote
16. The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman
17. The Proper Study of Mankind, Isaiah Berlin
18. The Nature and Destiny of Man, Reinhold Niebuhr
19. Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin
20. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein
21. The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E. B. White
22. An American Dilemma, Gunnar Myrdal
23. Principia Mathematica, Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell
24. The Mismeasure of Man, Stephen Jay Gould
25. The Mirror and the Lamp, Meyer Howard Abrams
26. The Art of the Soluble, Peter B. Medawar
27. The Ants, Bert Hoelldobler and Edward O. Wilson
28. A Theory of Justice, John Rawls
29. Art and Illusion, Ernest H. Gombrich
30. The Making of the English Working Class, E. P. Thompson
31. The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
32. Principia Ethica, G. E. Moore
33. Philosophy and Civilization, John Dewey
34. On Growth and Form, D’Arcy Thompson
35. Ideas and Opinions, Albert Einstein
36. The Age of Jackson, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
37. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
38. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Rebecca West
39. Autobiographies, W. B. Yeats
40. Science and Civilization in China, Joseph Needham
41. Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves
42. Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
43. The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Mark Twain
44. Children of Crisis, Robert Coles
45. A Study of History, Arnold J. Toynbee
46. The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith
47. Present at the Creation, Dean Acheson
48. The Great Bridge, David McCullough
49. Patriotic Gore, Edmund Wilson
50. Samuel Johnson, Walter Jackson Bate
51. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley and Malcolm X
52. The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
53. Eminent Victorians, Lytton Strachey
54. Working, Studs Terkel
55. Darkness Visible, William Styron
56. The Liberal Imagination, Lionel Trilling
57. The Second World War, Winston Churchill
58. Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
59. Jefferson and His Time, Dumas Malone
60. In the American Grain, William Carlos Williams
61. Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner
62. The House of Morgan, Ron Chernow
63. The Sweet Science, A. J. Liebling
64. The Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl Popper
65. The Art of Memory, Frances A. Yates
66. Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, R. H. Tawney
67. A Preface to Morals, Walter Lippmann
68. The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Jonathan D. Spence
69. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn
70. The Strange Career of Jim Crow, C. Vann Woodward
71. The Rise of the West, William H. McNeill
72. The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels
73. James Joyce, Richard Ellmann
74. Florence Nightingale, Cecil Woodham-Smith
75. The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell
76. The City in History, Lewis Mumford
77. Battle Cry of Freedom, James M. McPherson
78. Why We Can’t Wait, Martin Luther King, Jr.
79. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
80. Studies in Iconology, Erwin Panofsky
81. The Face of Battle, John Keegan
82. The Strange Death of Liberal England, George Dangerfield
83. Vermeer, Lawrence Gowing
84. A Bright Shining Lie, Neil Sheehan
85. West with the Night, Beryl Markham
86. This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff
87. A Mathematician’s Apology, G. H. Hardy
88. Six Easy Pieces, Richard P. Feynman
89. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
90. The Golden Bough, James George Frazer
91. Shadow and Act, Ralph Ellison
92. The Power Broker, Robert A. Caro
93. The American Political Tradition, Richard Hofstadter
94. The Contours of American History, William Appleman Williams
95. The Promise of American Life, Herbert Croly
96. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
97. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcolm
98. The Taming of Chance, Ian Hacking
99. Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott
100. Melbourne, Lord David Cecil

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