Clarkson’s Top-Rated Books, 2000-2018


1. My Journey at the Nuclear Brink (2015), by William J. Perry

2. All the Devils Are Here (2011), by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera

3. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018), by Michael Wolff

4. The Shallows (2010), by Nicholas Carr

5. God’s Brain (2010), by Lionel Tiger and Michael McGuire

6. Bloodlands (2010), by Timothy Snyder

7. The Grand Design (2010), by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

8. Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose and Practice of the Movie (2007), by David Mamet

9. Television is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age (2015), by Michael Wolff

10. Bright-Sided (2009), by Barbara Ehrenreich

11. Act of Congress (2013), by Robert G. Kaiser

12. Protecting Capitalism Case by Case (2013), by Eliot Spitzer

13. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2009), by Richard Dawkins

14. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (2007), by Alex Ross

15. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017), by Timothy Snyder


  1. Solar (2010), by Ian McEwan
  2. Gone Girl (2012), by Gillian Flynn
  3. Licks of Love (2000), by John Updike
  4. Terrorist (2006), by John Updike
  5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), by Junot Diaz
  6. Inherent Vice (2009), by Thomas Pynchon
  7. The Long Fall (2009), by Walter Mosley
  8. The Children Act (2014), by Ian McEwan
  9. The Mars Room (2018), by Rachel Kushner