Counterpunch's Top 100
Non-Fiction Works First Published in English in the 20th Century

CounterPunch is a bi-weekly muckraking newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. The editors write: "Twice a month we bring our readers the stories that the corporate press never prints. We aren't side-line journalists here at CounterPunch. Ours is muckraking with a radical attitude and nothing makes us happier than when CounterPunch readers write in to say how useful they've found our newsletter in their battles against the war machine, big business and the rapers of nature". When the editors read through the 100 best lists that appeared in the last few years they were disappointed. "So we've talked to friends, striven to remember what shaped us, what was innovative, path-breaking. Here's our reckoning. This first installment is of non-fiction, first published in English." The 123 selections are presented in the following table in alphabetic order by author.


Louis Adamic Dynamite: A Century of Class Violence in America, 1830-1930
Philip Agee Inside the Company: CIA Diary
Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa & Murray Silverstein A Pattern Language: Towns, Building and Construction
Jack Anderson Confessions of a Muckraker: The Inside story of Life in Washington During the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson Years
Kenneth Anger Hollywood Babylon
Hannah Arendt Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
David Arora Mushrooms Demystified: A Guide to the Fleshy Fungi
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Spinster
James Baldwin The Devil Finds Work
Reyner Banham Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies
Joseph Borkin The Crime and Punishment of IG Farben
Jim Bouten Ball Four
Richard Boyer & Herbert Morais Labor's Untold Story
Marshall Bradley, Fern Bradley & Barbara Ellis The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Harry Braverman Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degredation of Work in the Twentieth Century
Kathleen Brenzel Western Garden Book
David Brower For the Earth's Sake
Norman O. Brown Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History
Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana
E.H. Carr What Is History?
Allan Chase The Legacy of Malthus
Samuel B. Charters The Country Blues
Noam Chomsky The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians
Andrew Cockburn The Threat: Inside the Soviet Military Machine
Claud Cockburn I Claud
William Cronon Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
Elizabeth David French Provincial Cooking
Alexandra David-Neel My Journey to Lhasa
Vine DeLoria, Jr. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
Angie Debo Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place
John Dower War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War
E.R. Dodds The Greeks and the Irrational
W.E.B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk
Havelock Ellis Studies in the Psychology of Sex
William Empson Seven Types of Ambiguity
Encyclopedia Britannica 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica
Shulamith Firestone The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for a Feminist Revolution
M.F.K. Fisher How to Cook a Wolf
Henry Watson Fowler Modern English Usage
Roger Fry Cezanne: A Study of His Development
Northrop Frye An Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays
Alex Haley & Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Myles Horton The Long Haul: An Autobiography
Martha Gellhorn The Face of War
Dan Georgakas Detroit: I Do Mind Dying
Paul Goodman Growing Up Absurd
Stephen Jay Gould The Mismeasure of Man
Robert Graves Goodbye to All That
Alice Hamilton Exploring the Dangerous Trades
E.C.S. Handy & Elizabeth Handy Native Planters in Old Hawaii: Their Life, Lore and Environment
Gerald Hanley Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis
Jane E. Harrison Themis: A Study in the Social Origins of Greek Religion
Anthony Heilbut The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times
Seymour Hersh Kissinger: The Price of Power
George Leonard Herter & Berte Herter Bull Cook: Authentic Recipes and Practices
Christopher Hill The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
William Hinton Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village
Ivan Illich Deschooling Society
Harold A. Innis The Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic History
C.L.R. James The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
Gertrude Jekyll Home and Garden
Ernest Jones The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud
Leroi Jones Blues People: Negro Music in White America
Walter Karp The Politics of War
Paline Kael For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies
John Maynard Keynes The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Alfred Kinsey, et al. The Kinsey Report on Human Sexual Behavior
Andrew Kopkind The Thirty Years' War: Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist, 1965-1994
Frank Kofsky Harry Truman and the War Scare of 1948: A Sucessful Campaign to Deceive the Nation
John Fire Lame Deer Seeker of Visions
R.D. Laing The Divided Self
Christopher Lasch The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
D.H. Lawrence Etruscan Places
Bernard Leach A Potter's Book
Geofrey Lehman We the Jury: The Impact of Jurors on Our Basic Freedoms: Great Jury Trials of History
Meridel Le Sueur North Star Country
Peter Linebaugh The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century
Albert Bates Lord The Singer of Tales
Norman MacLean A River Runs Through It
Fitzroy McLean Eastern Approaches
Scott McCloud Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Alfred McCoy The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade
Carey McWilliams Factories in the Fields: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California
Norman Mailer Advertisements for Myself
Dave Marsh Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made
Leo Marx The Machine in the Garden
Peter Matthiessen In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
H.L. Mencken Prejudices: A Selection
Henry Miller The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
C. Wright Mills Listen Yanqui
Edwin Morse Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings
Robert Motherwell Dada Documents and Manifestoes
Lewis Mumford Technics and Civilization
Paul Oliver Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues
Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary
Robert Palmer Deep Blues
Roger Tory Peterson A Field Guide to Birds
Kim Philby My Silent War
Karl Polanyi The Great Transformation
Ezra Pound ABC of Reading
Charles Ramsey & Harold Sleeper Architectural Graphic Standards
Bertrand Russell Autobiography
Edward Said Orientalism
G.E.M. de Ste. Croix The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World
Ken Saro-Wiwa A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary
Nancy Scheper-Hughes Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
Lincoln Steffens Shame of the Cities
Thomas Szasz The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct
Ida Tarbell The History of Standard Oil
Keith Thomas Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England
Bertha Thompson Sister of the Road: An Autobiography of Box Car Bertha
E.P. Thompson The Making of the English Working Class
Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
David Thomson A Biographical Dictionary of Film
Robert Tench Across the Forbidden Sands
Douglas Valentine The Phoenix Program
Gordon Wasson Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality
Edith Wharton & Ogden Codman, Jr. The Decoration of Houses
Terry Tempest Williams Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Edmund Wilson To the Finland Station
Geoffrey Wolfe Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby
Donald Worster Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity and the Growth of the American West
Frances Yates The Art of Memory