Best Nonfiction Books | Exciting True Stories

Best Nonfiction Books
Nonfiction is something that is based on true facts. The writers of non-fiction novels pick up a true story and elaborate it in such a way that keeps the reader hooked on till the end. Books on biography, memoir, history, etc. fit in this category. Dramatic story-telling pattern, keeping twists and suspense makes it as popular and exciting as fiction novels. So, here is a list of best nonfiction books filled with thrilling history and mystery.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))
Author: Phillip Hoose
Published at: 12/05/2015
ISBN: 0374300224

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is an excellent historical novel that portrayed the daring movements of young souls against the Nazis. When the danish people bowed down to the Nazis some young teens chose not to. Instead, they took part in a revolution. 


15 years old Knud Pedersen along with his brother and some school classmates formed a club named after fiery British leader and decided to choose bravery instead of submission, unlike their adults. The young souls of Churchill Club took part in a heroic movement when their nation's leaders couldn't take the right decision. Through their sabotage activity, they flamed up Danish resistance. The bravery of these young patriots paved the way and guided their whole nation.

The novel is a national book award winner. This engaging true story is definitely a good read for the teens or pre-teens. The kind of a story that will flare up courage and boldness among its readers.

Educated: A Memoir
Author: Tara Westover
Published at: 20/02/2018

This Nonfiction book is a memoir written by Tara Westover. The story progresses as Tara reflects on her life in the mountains. Growing up under the shadow of a superstitious survivalist father and family Tara faced her early life overfilled with difficulties and horrific struggles. Tara's messed up family kept her away from the mainstream society. But instead of all these odds Tara chose the path of liberation and escaped herself from the dominance of her parents. She was 17 when she formally began her education. In spite of her family's disapproval, Tara achieved the highest form of a degree from the best institutions. Her passion for knowledge motivated her to fight against the odds and take hard decisions.

This journey of self-discovery from a daunting childhood is so engaging that it will keep the reader on an emotional roller coaster and trigger empathy and admiration for this amazing woman who fought and overcame her odds and reached success. This incredible story of struggle touched the heart of several recognized people including Bill Gates and Barack Obama, who also attained the glory of becoming the finalist of National Book critics circle's Award- in autobiography. 

Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way
Author: Mr. Jimmy Wayne
Published at: 03/11/2015
ISBN: 071807730X

Take a jump into famous songwriter and country music artist Jimmy Wayne's life as he describes his struggles as a foster kid.

Abused, abandoned, neglected as a foster kid, Jimmy Wayne's life changed when an elderly couple Bea and Russel Costner found him at the age of 16 and supported him to get his chaotic life together. With every page, Jimmy profoundly expressed his gratitude towards them. The power of love encouraged him to pursue his dream in the music career.

In Jimmy's narrative, learn about his remarkable journey to fame and his meet me halfway campaign: where he took 1700 miles to walk from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness for homeless kids. A walk that changed his life. Himself as a victim, he understands the pain and difficulties a foster kid goes through. Which is exactly why he dedicated himself to help them.

Walk to Beautiful (Achieved New York Times Best-seller title) is an inspiring true story that will give you a push, hope, and purpose in life.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Published at: 06/01/2015
ISBN: 1250062187

In this massively researched book, New York writer Elizabeth Kolbert explained the previous five major extinctions that happened on earth throughout billions of years. And now stands the biggest question. If massive extinction could happen before it can re-strike again. And this would be the 6th and most dangerous extinction since the birth of the earth.

She wrote this best Nonfiction books in a combination of wit, humor, hard science and history. The book is filled with stories of extinct species and how their extinction left a horrendous impact on ecology. Mankind is the biggest culprit for these extinctions and ecological imbalance. They chose to be superior and powerful. But mother nature is not forgiving, it shows its rage by calamities, global warming, and these massive extinctions.

Who knows when will be the 6th and most devastating massive extinction? Or what will be its impact? But Kolbert's book forces us to rethink its relation to mankind's selfish activities.

This well thought and highly praised book surely deserves acknowledgment and earned the following achievements:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

New York Times Best-seller.

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Author: David Grann
Published at: 03/04/2018
ISBN: 0307742482


New York Times Best-seller

National Book Award finalist

In this book writer David Grann unraveled one of the darkest chapters of American history where corrupted greedy whites systemically murdered the Native Americans of the Osage tribe. A powerful true story that will shake millions of hearts, recognized as one of the most heinous and brutal acts of mistreatment and systemic annihilation in US history.


In 1920s native American's of Osage tribe were acknowledged as millionaires when a huge amount of oil was discovered beneath their properties. That's the time mysterious murders took place one by one. People who tried to investigate also fell victim to the brutal murders. As numbers of death began to rise, the newly formed FBI to investigate the case. The story progressed with the birth of the FBI and the role they played to expose this massive annihilation. 

6. Grant

Author: Ron Chernow
Published at: 10/10/2017
ISBN: 159420487X


#1 New York Times Best-seller Best Nonfiction Books

In this Remarkable Book Author, Ron Chernow covered Grant's whole life and presented it as a Biography where he focused the true self of Grant, his fortunes and failures, his contribution as a U.S president, his contribution and struggles to seek freedom and justice for black Americans even his ironical excruciating death. He also disclosed the horrendous truths of the civil war.

Written on historical context, A book, that gives insight into the U.S history of the 19th century. Despite its size, it's so interesting and beautifully portrayed that it is hard to put once you started. A very well written book on a historical figure with the right amount of research to intrigue your curiosity.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
Author: Douglas Preston
Published at: 05/09/2017
ISBN: 1455540013
The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller

A True story that accumulated history and science to uncover the mystery. 

There were rumors about a mysterious city in the Honduran rain forest "City of the Monkey God". The ingenious people believed and spread all creepy stories like whoever explores that city, dies! Once in 1940, a journalist came out of the rain forest with hundreds of artifacts and claimed to have found the lost city but even he committed suicide soon after his discovery.
To Unravel the mystery, Preston together with a group of archaeologist decided to explore the lost city after failed attempts of the past. Through their intense exploration, they once again discovered the "City of the Monkey God" filled with artifacts but their discovery also came with a price as they suffered terrible consequences throughout their journey.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Author: John Carreyrou
Published at: 21/05/2018
ISBN: 152473165X

In this book writer, John Carreyrou disclosed one of the biggest fraud in a Silicon Valley startup with an intriguing plot. This true story will shake your ground by uplifting the curtain from an unbelievable act.


Elizabeth Holmes, widely seen as the next Steve jobs promised an invention, that can do comprehensive tests by using a few drops of blood. The idea triggered a revolution. Soon she formed a billion-dollar worth company backed up by investors. Her company Thernos began to sell shares that worth billions of dollars. She used her charming attitude and charisma skills to make the world believe that Thernos would create a revolution. But all her ice castle broke down and shattered when in an investigation the ugly truth of her whole act came out. There was no such technology. All were fake empty promises.

Author: Michelle Obama
Published at: 13/11/2018
ISBN: 0525633758

A powerful memoir by the first lady of America, Michelle Obama, where she explained her life experiences and anecdotes. The book can be divided into three parts where, in the first half she spoke about her early childhood and career choice, in the middle half she explained herself during her husband's presidency, and in the latter half, she focused about becoming more- as life gives stress and challenges.

Michelle Obama, a strong charismatic lady with grace and beauty explaining her true self ignoring the world's judgmental comments, is truly a masterpiece. Unlike other memoirs, it's not only about self-boasting or self accomplishments. Her empowering story will feel like regular kids dreaming about making a change.

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