What nonfiction books are like these nonfiction books?
April 29, 2014 1:58 PM Subscribe
I have a hard time finding books to read that can balance holding my attention with not being too difficult or a "hard" read. What non-fiction books are like the books after the cut?
posted by bimbam to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
Books I have really enjoyed a lot:
Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
Columbine by Dave Cullen
The Sports Gene by David Epstein
Captain Scott by Ranulph Fiennes
Book recommending websites don't work because I just get tips for more books about the French Revolution or school shootings or polar exploration, but really what I want is tips for smart but readable non fiction books on one topic. I read/analyse a lot in work and so don't want anything that requires me to "try" when reading on my own time. At the same time, I find myself easily bored and unengaged by fluff reading (I think my dodgy tv habits scratch that itch!). I'm not so much interested in Malcolm Gladwell or Bill Bryson style stuff here, both of whom I enjoy but find putdownable rather than engrossing and unputdownable for reasons I am apparently unable to articulate. Thanks in advance!