Jane Jacobs
  Vernon Parrington 

In reaction to the Random House 100 best non-fiction books of the century, National Review, the conservative weekly magazine of political and social commentary, formed a panel who selected their choices for the 100 best.  In publishing the list the National Review wrote: "So here is our list, for your enjoyment, mortification and stimulation."


Winston S. Churchill  The Second World War 
Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn  The Gulag Archipelago 
George Orwell  Homage to Catalonia 
F. A. von Hayek  The Road to Serfdom 
George Orwell  Collected Essays 
Karl Popper  The Open Society and Its Enemies 
C. S. Lewis  The Abolition of Man 
Jose Ortega y Gasset  Revolt of the Masses 
F. A. von Hayek  The Constitution of Liberty 
10  Milton Friedman  Capitalism and Freedom 
11  Paul Johnson  Modern Times 
12  Michael Oakeshott   Rationalism in Politics 
13  Joseph A. Schumpeter  Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy 
14  Max Weber  Economy and Society 
15  Hannah Arendt  The Origins of Totalitarianism 
16  Rebecca West  Black Lamb and Grey Falcon 
17  Edward O. Wilson  Sociobiology 
18  Pope Paul John II  Centissimus Annus 
19  Norman Cohn  The Pursuit of the Millenium 
20  Anne Frank  The Diary of a Young Girl 
21  Robert Conquest  The Great Terror 
22  Malcolm Muggeridge  Chronicles of Wasted Time 
23  Albert Einstein  Relativity 
24  Whittaker Chambers  Witness 
25  Thomas S. Kuhn  The Structure of Scientific Revolutions 
26  C. S. Lewis  Mere Christianity 
27  Robert Nisbet  The Quest for Community 
28  Encyclopedia Britannica  Eleventh Edition of the E B 
29  Joseph Mitchell  Up in the Old Hotel 
30  G. K. Chesterton  The Everlasting Man 
31  G. K. Chesterton  Orthodoxy 
32  Lionel Trilling  The Liberal Imagination 
33  James D. Watson  The Double Helix 
34  Richard Phillips Feynman  The Feynman Lectures on Physics 
35  Tom Wolfe  Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers 
36  Albert Camus  The Myth of Sisyphus 
37  Edward C. Banfield  The Unheavenly City 
38  Sigmund Freud  The Interpretation of Dreams 
39  Jane Jacobs  The Death and Life of Great American Cities 
40  Francis Fukuyama  The End Of History and the Last Man 
41  Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker  Joy of Cooking 
42  Richard Hofstadter  The Age of Reform 
43  John Maynard Keynes  The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
44  William F. Buckley Jr.  God & Man at Yale 
45  T. S. Eliot  Selected Essays 
46  Richard M. Weaver  Ideas Have Consequences 
47  Jane Jacobs  The Economy of Cities 
48  Allan Bloom  The Closing of the American Mind 
49  Thomas Sowell  Ethnic America 
50  Gunnar Myrdal  An American Dilemma 
51  Sigmund Freud  Three Case Histories 
52  Chester Wilmot  The Struggle for Europe 
53  Vernon Louis Parrington  Main Currents in American Thought 
54  Johann Huzinga  The Waning of the Middle Ages 
55  Wolfhart Pannenberg  Systematic Theology 
56  Sewell Tyng  The Campaign of the Marne 
57  Ludwig Wittgenstein  Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 
58  Bernard Lonergan  Insight: A Study of Human Understanding 
59  Martin Heidegger  Being and Time 
60  Robert Blake  Disraeli 
61  Irving Babbitt  Democracy and Leadership 
62  William Strunk, E.B. White  The Elements of Style 
63  James Burnham  The Machiavellians 
64  Konstantin P. Pobedonostsev  Reflections of a Russian Statesman 
65  Isaiah Berlin  The Hedgehog and the Fox 
66  Eugene D. Genovese  Roll, Jordan, Roll 
67  Ezra Pound  The ABC of Reading 
68  John Keegan  The Second World War 
69  Milman Parry  The Making of Homeric Verse 
70  Angus Wilson  The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling 
71  F. R. Leavis  Scrutiny 
72  Charles de Gaulle  The Edge of the Sword 
73  Douglas Southall Freeman  R. E. Lee 
74  Ludwig von Mises  Bureaucracy 
75  Thomas Merton  The Seven Storey Mountain 
76  Stefan Zweig  Balzac 
77  Walter Lippmann  The Good Society 
78  Rachel Carson  Silent Spring 
79  Jaroslav Pelikan  The Christian Tradition 
80  Marc Bloch  Strange Defeat 
81  Norman Douglas  Looking Back 
82  Henry Adams  Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres 
83  Randall Jarrell  Poetry and the Age 
84  Denis de Rougemont  Love in the Western World 
85  Russell Kirk  The Conservative Mind 
86  George Gilder  Wealth and Poverty 
87  James M. McPherson  Battle Cry of Freedom 
88  Leon Edel  Henry James 
89  E. B. White  Essays of E. B. White 
90  Vladimir Nabokov  Speak, Memory 
91  Tom Wolfe  The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test 
92  Michael J. Behe  Darwin's Black Box 
93  Shelby Foote  The Civil War 
94  Jude Wanniski  The Way the World Works 
95  Edmund Wilson  To the Finland Station 
96  Kenneth Clark  Civilization 
97  Richard Pipes  The Russian Revolution 
98  R. G. Collingwood  The Idea of history 
99  William Manchester  The Last Lion 
100  Kenneth W. Starr  The Starr Report