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Non Fiction Titles relating to S0cial Sciences which are notable in some way eg best sellers, award-winning or otherwise significant

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Adam Smith
The Wealth of Nations
The work is credited as a watershed in history and economics due to its comprehensive, largely accurate characterization of economic mechanisms that survive in modern economics
Albert Camus
The Rebel
1951. 'L'Homme Révolté'
Aldous Huxley
Heaven and Hell
1956. A philosophical work. The essay discusses the relationship between bright, colorful objects, geometric designs, psychoactives, art, and profound experience. usually published in a combined volume with Huxley's 'Doors of perception'
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago
1973 based on the Soviet forced labor and concentration camp system. The three-volume book is a massive narrative relying on eyewitness testimony and primary research material, as well as the author's own experiences as a prisoner in a Gulag labor camp.
Alexis De Tocqueville
Democracy in America
A classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville on the United States in the 1830s and its strengths and weaknesses. It is regarded as a classical account of the democratic system of the United States and has been used as an important reference ever since.
Alvin Toffler
Future Shock
1970. Toffler's shortest definition of future shock is a personal perception of "too much change in too short a period of time".
Betty Friedan
The Feminine Mystique
Milestone of the feminist movement
B. F. Skinner
Beyond Freedom and Dignity
Extends his arguments for social engineering beyond that in his 1948 novel, Walden Two; 1971
David Halberstam
The Best and the Brightest
Focuses on the foreign policy crafted by academics and intellectuals that were the origins of the Vietnam War
E. P. Thompson
The Making of the English Working Class
Pivotal work published in 1963
Gunnar Myrdal
An American Dilemma
1944 study of race relations by Swedish economist
Hannah Arendt
Eichmann in Jerusalem
"A Report on the Banality of Evil"
Hannah Arendt
The Origins of Totalitarianism
Henri Poincaré
Science and Hypothesis
Henry David Thoreau
Civil Disobedience
1849. Aka 'On the Duty of Civil Disobedience'. It argues that people should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.
Henry David Thoreau
In addition to being about self reliance and spiritual discovery, is about social experiment; 1854
H. L. Mencken
The American Language
1919, concerned with the American language as spoken in the US
James Baldwin
Notes of a Native Son
Essays on issues of race in America and Europe, 1955
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Emile: Or, On Education
1762; tackles fundamental political and philosophical questions about the relationship between the individual and society
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Social Contract
1762, influential in the development of the US Constitution
John Kenneth Galbraith
The Affluent Society
Outlines how income disparities are perpetuated in post WWII America
John Locke
Second Treatise on Civil Government
1689, outlines a theory of civil society based on natural rights
John Maynard Keynes
General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
1936. Generally considered to be Keynes' magnum opus, is largely credited with creating the terminology and shape of modern macroeconomics. It sought to bring about a revolution, commonly referred to as the "Keynesian Revolution", in the way economists thought
John Rawls
A Theory of Justice
Milestone book of political philosophy and ethics; argues for reconciliation of liberty and equality, 1971
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Communist Manifesto
1848. 'Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei (The Communist Manifesto)'. Communism
Lewis Mumford
The City in History
1961 National Book Award winner argues for a world in balance with nature
Marshall McLuhan
The Media is the Massage
1967, a cornerstone in the study of media theory. The title is a play on McLuhan's oft-quoted saying "The medium is the message". McLuhan adopted the term "massage" to denote the effect each medium has on the human senses.
The Spirit of the Laws
1748, covers a wide range of topics: politics, law, sociology and anthropology; advocates constitutionalism and the separation of powers
Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince
Early treatise on political theory, first published in 1532
Paul Ehrlich
The Population Bomb
Paul Goodman
Growing Up Absurd
Run-away best-seller in 1960, one of the defining texts of the nascent New Left of the 60's
The Republic
380 BC. Politics
Thomas Hobbes
Published, 1651, concerns the structure of society and legitimate government
Thomas Robert Malthus
Essay on the Principle of Population
Published from 1796 to 1826
Thorstein Veblen
The Theory of the Leisure Class
W.E.B. DuBois
The Souls of Black Folk
Seminal work in the history of sociology, published in 1903

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