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Banned or Challenged Non-Fiction


Each year, the third week in September is traditionally Banned Books Week – an entire week celebrating the freedom in America to read whatever we want, no matter what other individuals or groups may prefer. The majority of banned and challenged booklists are usually made up of fiction titles or works for children, so for the 2013 Banned Books Week observance, we thought we would shine a line on some of the adult non-fiction titles that have been banned or challenged at libraries somewhere in the United States over the past few decades.

Some titles not owned by the libraries are included in this list due to their classic nature, or their position as part of a series. If you see a title on this list that is not owned by Lincoln City Libraries, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

insidethecompany-mini Inside the Company: CIA Diary
Phillip Agee
327.12 Age
book cover The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
155.82 Her
book cover I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
B An424
book cover Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler
B H634
book cover Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln
944 Bai
book cover Leviathan
Thomas Hobbes
320.1 Hob
book cover The Decameron
Giovanni Boccaccio
842 P84n or Boccaccio
book cover Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying
Derek Humphry
179.7 Hum
book cover Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Dee Brown
970.5 Bro
book cover Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant
193 Kan
hoax20th-mini The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry
Arthur R. Butz
940.531 But
howardhughesbio-mini Howard Hughes: A Biography
John Keats
B H8667k
book cover In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
364.152 Cap

The 2013 Omaha Reads selection!

book cover The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
Bjorn Lomborg
363.7 Lom
book cover Silent Spring
Rachel Carson
632.9 Car
book cover The Prince
Niccolo Machiavelli
321 Mac
book cover Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President
Jimmy Carter
973.926 Car
book cover The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X and Alex Haley
B M2853
book cover The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
821 Cha
deathofapresident-mini The Death of a President: November 20-November 25, 1963
William Manchester
973.922 M31d
book cover Soul on Ice
Eldridge Cleaver
305.8 AfrYc
ciacult-mini The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence
Victor Marchetti
353.09 Mar
book cover The Joy of Sex
Alex Comfort
613.96 Com
book cover The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx
335.4 Mar
book cover Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII
John Cornwell
B P683c
book cover Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Mark Mathabane
968 Mat
book cover Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, The Preservation of Favored Species in the Struggle for Life
Charles Darwin
575 Dar
book cover The Rights of Man
Thomas Paine
944.04 Pai
book cover Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich
305.569 Ehr
book cover Always Running: La Vida Loca , Gang Days in L.A.
Luis J. Rodriguez
364.109 Rod
populationbomb-mini The Population Bomb
Paul R. Ehrlich
304.6 Ehr
gulagarchipelago The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
365.45 Sol
womenontop-mini Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Sexual Fantasies
Nancy Friday
306.7 Fri
book cover America (the Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction
Jon Stewart
320.91 Ste
book cover The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon
937 Gib
workingterkel-mini Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
Studs Terkel
331.2 Ter
lifewithpicasso-mini Life With Picasso
Francoise Gilot
759.6 PicYg
book cover The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Jeanette Walls
B W1547

A 2006 One Book – One Lincoln finalist!

book cover Howl
Allen Ginsberg
811 Gin
book cover Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong
Jonathan Wells
576.8 Wel
book cover Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
940.531 Gol
book cover Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman
811 Whi
book cover Black Like Me
John Howard Griffin
305.8 AfrYg


Compiled August 2013 Carrie K. | Adapted for the Web September 2013 sdc | Last updated June 2016 sdc