One of the most meaningful (not just “the best”) non-fiction authors I have read is Malcolm Gladwell (born 1963).
Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker and was named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 most influential people. He is the author of five books but – oh my – what spectacular books! All are internationally-acclaimed bestsellers and have sold millions of copies. They are: The Tipping Point – How Little Things can make a Big Difference (2000) – The story of that special moment when an idea, trend or social idea suddenly “tips” and begins spreading like a wildfire; Blink – The Power of Thinking without Thinking (2005) – Why decisions made on gut reaction happen and why some decision-makers are usually right and others hopelessly inept. Outliers – The Story of Success (2008) – A story of what makes high achievers different. Answer? Usually long hours and hard work – and being in the right place at the right time. What the Dog Saw & Other Adventures (2009) – A pot pourri of fascinating knowledge. What is the difference between panicking and choking? What do football players teach us about hiring teachers? David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants (2013) – Why and how underdogs succeed.
These five works should be on everyone’s “to read” shelf. I’d start with Outliers simply because it’s easy – and nourishing – to read about how ordinary people achieve tremendous levels of success. They’re all worth a read. And for me, a re-read. . . .