Best Non-Fiction Books 2023 | Know about real stories and events
Non-fiction means something that is not fiction, something that is based on true stories, experience and other significant events happening around us. Non-fiction gives us the chance to look at the world around us and experience the changes and histories behind it. When you read non-fiction books you will learn about something that really happened. For all the non-fiction lovers, below here presented some of the best non-fiction books you will ever find to read.
It’s the Josh and Chuck you’ve been listening to for years, except they wrote it down this time and now you’re reading it!
While each chapter covers one topic, they keep it interesting with fun stories and "rabbit holes" which are just as interesting as the chapter's topic. The book covers a wide range of stuff that we should know, from the equation for blackouts from a tequila (important), how to slow down the ageing process, whether there will be a trillionaire, all the way to answering whether Paul McCartney really died, and who the hell was John Frum and why was he so influential in Vanuatu. I cannot believe that they can even make few dull subjects such as taxation and the smell of dogs become hella interesting.
And what about the jokes, eh? I'm not going to spoil anything, but let’s just say the chapter about how to use your pet rock, and their illustration of a pet rock, made me laugh a little longer than I should. In fact, the many illustrations in the book are just downright hilarious. Meanwhile, every once in a while the book gives us pithy sayings that set us straight on the right path in life and away from troubles. Sayings such as “never get into a shouting match with someone whose job involves a microphone.” Or “you’re usually better off going with the guy who has all the spreadsheets.” Or "nothing good has ever happened in the back of a van in the woods." Wise, wise words.
This is one of the best non-fiction books.
Sprawling across the Pacific, this untold story follows the crew of the newly-built "vengeance ship" USS Astoria, named for her sunken predecessor lost earlier in the war. At its centre lies U.S. Navy Captain George Dyer, who vowed to return to action after suffering a horrific wound. He accepted the ship's command in 1944, knowing it would be his last chance to avenge his injuries and salvage his career. Yet with the nation's resources and personnel stretched thin by the war, he found that just getting the ship into action would prove to be a battle.
Tensions among the crew flared from the start. Astoria's sailors and Marines were a collection of replacements, retreads, and older men. Some were broken by previous traumatic combat, most had no desire to be in the war, yet all found themselves fighting an enemy more afraid of surrender than death.
The reluctant ship was called to respond to challenges that its men never could have anticipated. From a typhoon where the ocean was enemy to daring rescue missions, a gallant turn at Iwo Jima, and the ultimate crucible against the Kamikaze at Okinawa, they endured the worst of the final year of the war at sea.
only JT Molloy could bring Chickie Donahue's story and experiences to life with their sense of humour, pride, and optimism. I learned more about this war that I did not know before and the brave, young men that sacrificed so much and a dear friend who risked his life to bring them a little joy. Guy takes off to Vietnam at the height of the war to deliver beer to guys from the neighbourhood serving in the military. The whole idea is preposterous, but he pulls it off. Turns out I was over there at the same time and place, and he managed to get caught up in the Tet Offensive like all the rest of us. This book brought back many memories and it is a real hoot.
Cathy Park Hong’s incredible poetry (if you haven’t read any of her three collections, you should) were just a precursor to her sharp insights, raw humanity and forceful wisdom displayed in her essays. Her book is one of those rare reads that, immediately upon finishing it, you want to read again; further, the works she references, whether Richard Pryor’s comedy, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s writing and films or Myung Mi Kim’s poetry, provoked me to search out those gems and add them to my TBR/TBW list. Cathy writes with such grace and expression that it made me proud that she grew up in Los Angeles. In short, Minor Feelings challenges its readers in all the right ways.
On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.
It is 1864, and Captain Thomas Musgrave’s schooner, the Grafton, has just wrecked on Auckland Island, a forbidding piece of land 285 miles south of New Zealand. Battered by year-round freezing rain and constant winds, it is one of the most inhospitable places on earth. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island, another ship runs aground during a storm. Separated by only twenty miles and the island’s treacherous, impassable cliffs, the crews of the Grafton and the Invercauld face the same fate.
And yet where the Invercauld’s crew turns inward on itself, fighting, starving, and even turning to cannibalism, Musgrave’s crew bands together to build a cabin and a forge and eventually, to find a way to escape. Using the survivors’ journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings to life this extraordinary untold story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
7. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))
If you are interested in reading the real-life events of WWII that changed the world you are now living then THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER is one of the best books you can read. National Book Award winner Philip Hoose's narrative style will amaze you in every way. This non-fiction book is written on the background of WWII, where a little known group of heroes arose to save Denmark from the aggression of German Dictator Hitler. It is based on the personal experience of Knud Pedersen who was a member of the Churchill Club. When Denmark accepted Nazi soldiers to stay on their land, the soldiers began to rule the continents of Denmark. A group of young boys stood up against them and formed a club named the Churchill Club named after the fiery British leader. They have committed countless acts of sabotage, made resistance against the Germans. They got caught by the Germans but their heroic acts helped others to rise against the enemies. With the fascinating story of the Churchill Club boys, this book will keep you engaged in your seat once you start reading it. Grab this amazing book now.
8. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike (Unofficial Cookbook)
Everybody loves Harry Potter, the world of wizards and unimaginable possibilities. The series gives us the inspiration to be a Wizard. But have you ever thought of being a Wizard cook? If yes, then THE UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER COOKBOOK is all you need. The recipes in this book will make you feel like a Wizard Cook who can make delicious pies and dishes. The recipes are incredibly fun and easy to follow and the book pages are designed in such a way that it looks like a spellbook. There are more than 150 easy to make recipes with step by step information, tips, and techniques. Moreover, people of all ages can easily adapt the cooking secrets revealed in this book. It has authentic English and wizard-like dishes. You will fall in love with this amazing cookbook.
- Treacle Tart, Harry's favorite dessert
- Molly's Meat Pies
- French Onion Soup
- Pumpkin Pasties and many more amazing dishes
- Read a book about books
- Read a book published in another language
- Suggestions and references after each of the challenges
10. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner)
STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING is the definitive history of racism in America which has been continuing through the modern era. Racism in America existed since the colonial era. Legally sanctioned rights were given to the white Americans while neglecting the other races. They were granted privileges on education, work, voting rights, immigration, citizenship, and criminal aspects. In this research-based book Ibram X. Kendi has presented the dark chapters of racism in America. He used the life stories of 5 major American intellectuals. He showed that racism is not created from ignorance, rather it was created on purpose for taking advantage and keep the nation's racial discrimination. The author discussed the root of racism and why it is still practiced in America. He upheld the critical review of racism and it's effects on a country in this book. There is a total of 5 chapters on this book, each based on the point of view of 5 American greatest minds. This book is a thoughtful and detailed summary which explains American current trends and position towards racism. Grab this New York Times bestseller book today.
If you are having trouble with your daily life, you need to struggle with anxiety to make the right decisions, having difficulty to find joy? Well, you don't need to worry about them. THE BOOK OF JOY is all you need to simply put those difficulties away and be happy. Two of history's remarkable spiritual masters Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu have shared their way of the path to find happiness in your life. These two great people have suffered much hardship but they are considered two of the most joyful people on planet earth. How did they become happy? Their incredible stories are shared in this book by Douglas Abrams. This book highlights the ways that can bring happiness, fulfilment, and purpose to our life illuminates the nature of the interconnected relationships among emotions, love, and sympathy. The author brings forth the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in such a wonderful insight that everyone can understand the language of happiness. What you will find the most rewarding about this book is the simple solution to complex situations in your life. This book is all you need to be simply happy.
Some contents of this book:
- The nature of true joy
- Obstacles to joy
- The eight pillars of joy
15. Legend: The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
LEGEND is the story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's most heroic rescue mission of a special forces team caught on the trap of enemies during the Vietnam war. In this book, the author Eric Blehm takes us to the plot of Vietnam War where a team of 12 men special force inserted into the territory of Neutral Cambodia where the US military was forbidden to operate. Their task was to gather evidence that the North Vietnamese Army was using this territory to supply troops and materials of war through Ho Chi Minh Trail. But the team fall into the trap of major enemy base surrounding by hundreds of Vietnamese Army. The special force was low on ammo and supplies and was waiting to accept their fate. But when Special Forces Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez heard their distress call, he took a helicopter and set for the combat zone to rescue them. He jumped from the hovering aircraft, ran nearly 100 yards through withering enemy fire. He was shot several times, suffered two grenade blasts and got bayoneted while rescuing the life of 8 soldiers. This sacrifice has made him a hero that Americans will always remember. The extraordinary courage of rescuing and the sacrifice is all that makes him a LEGEND.
THE 57 BUS is a rare and heart-wrenching view inside the lives of two completely different young human beings. Dashka Slater's authentic writing style will amaze you. The story is about two kids from the same city but not the same place. They are both outsiders in different ways. They both have families that love them. Sasha, a white girl, teenager, from a middle-class family and from a private school. Richard, a black teenager, from the crime-plagued lands, from a large public school. They both traveled on the same bus each day. Their path crossed for a mere 8 minutes each day from school to home. But one day something very terrible happens. One afternoon their way back home there happens something that left Sasha severely burned and Richard was charged with hate crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment. What happened on this day in 57 BUS that caught international attention and taking both the teenagers into the spotlight? If you want to know about it, then you must read this book. Feel the thrilling event that happened on The 57 Bus. Grab this amazing book right now.
This book presents an intriguing history of organized crime in America. One of the surprises for me was how far back the business arrangements with US presidents goes! Much further back than the Kennedys. What this book does very well is fill in a lot of blanks on collusion between organized crime with both the C.I.A. and F.B.I. It's fairly well known by now that the Bay of Pigs invasion was one of the joint efforts with the C.I.A., but it goes deeper and on a larger scale than that. In this book, the case is made quite convincingly that the mob and C.I.A. worked together to assassinate JFK.
The reader will also see a very different view of the Kennedys and other presidents. Is it "the definitive " book on the subject? I don't think so. But I would rate it in the top 3. The book is fast-paced and written very well. I would place "Double Cross" at the top of the list if you want to read about the organized crime angle of the assassination.
This would be best read in the autumn on a train in the UK. Knowing that something good came out of all this, after all. Ben Macintyre probably will be sitting behind you. He has your back covered. A truly superb work of true-life spycraft. Other reviewers have more than adequately outlined the content of this work. I will just comment on my continued amazement at how during the Cold War so many liberals in the West were Soviet apologists blaming the West for all the world's problems. In the UK particularly, so many in the Labour Party took money from Moscow while undermining democratic institutions. The Soviet Union was a hell hole from beginning to end. How anyone could support it in any way is inexplicable.
Although more than 400 Navajos served in the military during World War II as top-secret code talkers, even those fighting shoulder to shoulder with them were not told of their covert function. And, after the war, the Navajos were forbidden to speak of their service until 1968, when the code was finally declassified. Of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, Chester Nez is the only one still alive. The original twenty-nine were the men who first devised the code, then proved it indispensable in combat. In this memoir, the ninety-year-old Nez chronicles both his war years and his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation - the hard life that gave him the strength, both physical and mental, to become a Marine. His story puts a living face on the legendary men who developed what is still the only unbroken code in modern warfare.