Five must read English nonfiction ebooks

The Art of War is a military book printed in ancient China, in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). A high-ranking general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu is typically credited as the author of the book, even though many historians claim that he never existed. In 13 chapters, the text analyzes the essential principles of war, educating military commanders on how to fight battles. In the early 2000s the book became a blockbuster, as its theories were amazingly relevant in marketing and finance.

This is Virginia Woolf’s classic non-fiction book and one of the most significant feminist texts. It’s an extended thesis narrated by a fictional nature, a Shakespeare’s sister named Judith, we study whether women were ready – and free – to craft work of the excellence of William Shakespeare. The title comes from Woolf’s opinion that “a woman must have cash and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

A classic prescriptive American English writing guide, written by Cornell University professor William Strunk, and first published in 1919. In the introduction to the first edition we read: This book aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English fashion.

A beautiful essay on haiku and its most famous purveyor, Matsuo Bashō. Haiku is a seventeen-syllable poetic form, now extremely popular and widely shared on social media. This essay offers readers a unique insight into the living heart of haiku.

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and marketing guru. Poke the Box is a huge inspiration for anyone who faces doing something for the first time. It’s not about thinking outside the box, as it might not be enough. It’s about poking the box. It’s a call to action about the initiative you’re taking – in your job or in your life.

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