Saving Hope: Cast, Seasons, Episodes, Wiki, Is The TV Show Cancelled?

Shortly after the Canadian supernatural medical TV show, Saving Hope began in 2012, it soon attracted a lot of viewers mostly in Canada and then in the United States. However, after five seasons and 85 episodes later, it was canceled to the disappointment of its legion of fans in 2012.

Even though the show was pretty much unique, it didn’t seem to resonate so much with viewers, hence it did not get the best in terms of viewership and ratings, leading to its unfortunate demise. Here’s all to know about the show and why it was canceled.

Saving Hope Wiki

Saving Hope takes a look at the medical profession from yet a different point of view, bringing in the supernatural aspect. The Canadian drama series captures the lives of Doctors and other medical workers of Save Hope medical facility both in their private lives and in their professional lives.

It centers on the lives of Surgeon Alex Reid and her fiancé Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris, who are both preparing to get married. Unfortunately, they got involved in an accident which leaves Harris in a coma.

Charlie would soon leave his body but after a good battle to save his life, he returns but this time around, he is able to communicate with spirits and the dead. Not so much would remain the same with his relationship with Reid who much later, would also go into a coma and the two would communicate, sharing an emotional journey.

It will continue with the many complexities of their relationship, tales of saving the lives of patients brought to the hospital.

Cast

If there will be any criticism against the show, it will hardly be in relation to its casting which by any standard, is perfect. Here are the main characters of Saving Hope:

1. Dr. Alex Reid

The central person in the show from the first to the last Seasons and episodes, Reid is portrayed by Canadian actress Erica Durance. She is the Chief Surgical Resident doctor of Hope Zion Hospital as well as the fiancée of Dr. Charles Harris at the start of the TV series.

2. Dr. Charles Harris

Popular as Charlie, he is portrayed by Michael Shanks. Charlie started the show as the fiancé of Alex and is the Chief of Surgery and orthopedic surgeon at the same facility as his love interest.

3. Dr. Joel Goran: In the first three seasons, Goran who is played by Daniel Gillies is the boyfriend of Dr. Reid at different times. He also worked at Hope Zion as the new orthopedic surgeon.

4. Dr. Shahir Hamza

Portrayed by Huse Madhavji, Hamza is a highly skilled individual who is the Chief of Neurosurgeon, he suffers from Asperger syndrome as a result of which he sometimes acts awkwardly.

5. Dr. Maggie Lin

The role of Dr. Lin is played by Julia Taylor Ross. Lin is a surgical resident who works in the General Surgery department of the hospital before late moving to the OB-GYN department.

Recurring Cast Members

There are also many other recurring characters who have appeared in the show including Conrad Coates who appeared as Hope Zion’s main executive; Byran Travers and Steve Cumyn who is the anesthesiologist in season 2 and 3; and Dr. George Baumann.

Others are Mac Fyfe (Dr. James Dey), Max Bennett (Dr. Patrick Curtis), Dejan Loyola (Dr. Dev Sekara), Jess Salgueiro (Nurse Carbrera), and Nicole Underhay (Kristine Fields). It also featured Peter Mooney (Dr. Jeremy Bishop), Jarod Joseph (Dr. Emanuel Palmer), as well as Greg Calderone (Dr. Billy Scott) as some of the recurring characters.

Is The TV Show Cancelled?

In 2016, the popular Canadian TV show was announced to be coming to an end with the sixth season as the last. The show first began in Canada on CTV Television Network in 2012. The first season also came to the American audience on NBC. As soon as it kicked off, it became a success in Canada but did not record the same level of success in the States.

Due to the low viewership it recorded in the United States, NBC did not renew it for a second season. The first season of the show was not aired completely by NBC before it pulled the plug, sharing the last two episodes on the internet.

However, it continued running in Canada until its fifth season when the curtains finally shut on the television series in 2017. As it continued to run after NBC, the US cable network ION later decided to pick it up later in the third season, giving it back again to the American audience until it came to an end.

Even though the rating was soft in the US, there were still many people that loved it and even regarded it top among other medical shows. As regards the viewership, when it first started, the viewership was at 1.52 million. It peaked at the end of the second season at 1.68 million views even though at the start of the season it was at 1.08 million views. By the end of the fourth season when it was announced that the plug would be pulled out, it had gone further down to 1.2 million viewers and then further down to 0.94 million at the start of the final season.

Considering how fast the show was wrapped up without all the ends tying properly, one may easily speculate that if the show had shown anything positive in terms of numbers, it might have been allowed to run probably longer.

In a statement on the cancellation of the Erica Durance-starring medical drama, senior VP, independent production at CTV Corrie Coe said the show which resonated with viewers since it started in 2012 was finally coming to an end after delivering emotionally charged and well-crafted last season.

Other stars including Erica Durrance also posted about the ending of the show on social media. Erica posted on Twitter that after 85 episodes of the show, the fifth season would be the last.

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Seasons and Episodes Of Saving Hope

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As stated, the show ran for five seasons and over eighty episodes before its end. Here are the seasons and the episodes in each:

1. Season 1 (13 Episodes) – 2012

Viewership: 1.52 million (premiered) – 1.55 million (Ended)

The first season of the show which began airing originally on June 7, 2012, and ran until September 13, 2012. At the start of the season and the first episode, the main characters of the show, Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) and Dr. Charles Harris (Michael Shanks) who is her fiancé, get involved in a car crash on their way to get married and Harris slips into a coma.

By the end of the season, in episode 13, Alex is back from the coma and is preparing to finally get married, only to realize that something is really wrong; a woman he has been talking to is already dead.

NBC did not air the complete episodes before pulling the plugs on the show, showing only the first 11 episodes and then posting the remaining two online. That said, the first season still remains one of the most popular with good viewership from the start of the show to the last.

2. Season 2 (18 Episodes) – 2013–14

Viewership: 1.08 million (premiered) – 1.68 million (Ended)

In the first episode of the second season, Charles is now better and he returns to the hospital to continue with his work, but the problem is he can now see and communicate with spirits. By the end of the season in the eighteenth episode, Alex is stabbed in the chest and as she is rushed in for surgery, Charlie realizes that her spirit is right behind him.

3. Season 3 (18 Episodes) – 2014–15

Viewership: 1.1 million (premiered) – NA (Ended)

In this season, the battle to save Alex continues as her spirit shares an emotional journey with Charles. By the time she is back from the coma, she suffers a memory loss and returns to work. By the end of the season, Alex who had to turn up pregnant had given birth and Charlie is trying to win her back after their relationship went sour.

4. Season 4 (18 Episodes) – (2015–16)

Viewership: 1.49 million (premiered) – 1.21 million (Ended)

This time around, while everything seems to be returning to normal, there is the concern of Charlie on the paternity of the child of Dr. Reid. On her part, Reid tries to mix her work as a surgeon and as a mother.

By the end of the season which is packed with so much work for the medics as a result if the various tragedies happening, Charlie gets into a bad condition and Alex and Dr. Shahir Hamza who is brought to fill in for Dr. Dawn Bell who is on temporary leave, work towards saving him.

5. Season 5 (18 Episodes) – (2017)

Viewership: 0.94 million (premiered) – NA (Ended)

The final season of Saving Hope, this also has 18 episodes like the three others before it. More so, it happens to be the least watched.

In the season, Charlie goes into surgery while Alex is still working on healing from their split. By the end of the season, Charlie and Alex put aside their wedding plans. By no means is the episode the most exciting as it is rather plain when compared to those before it.

Snowfall Season 3: Release Date, Facts, Rumours And Updates

The brainchild of John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron, Snowfall is a crime drama television series that was first shown on the Showtime Network in 2014 before it was later picked up by Walt Disney Television’s FX in September 2016.

The show, which is set in 80s Los Angeles, centers on the surge of crack cocaine use in the city and its impact on the culture and inhabitants. It follows the lives of four characters; teenage drug dealer Franklin Saint, CIA operative Teddy McDonald, Mexican wrestler Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata, and the niece of a Mexican crime boss Lucia Villanueva, whose lives intersect as the plot unravels.

Read on to find out all the information you need to know about the third season of the TV series, including its release date, rumors and updates, and other facts.

Main Cast

Damson Idris as Franklin Saint

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Leading the cast for Snowfall season 3 will once again be English television, film and stage actor Damson Idris who plays the role of a 19-year-old drug dealer named Franklin Saint. In the previous seasons, Saint gets involved in the drug world when he starts selling crack cocaine. He went on to become a heavyweight in the game and would now be looking to cement his status as a drug lord in South Central Los Angeles.

Carter Hudson as Teddy McDonald

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Carter Hudson will continue to play the role of a CIA operative Teddy McDonald who is working undercover for the American government by running a secret drug ring in order to fund foreign insurgents.

Emily Rios as Lucia Villanueva

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Actress and model Emily Rios plays Lucia Villanueva, a self-obsessed daughter of a Mexican crime boss whose own father feared her ambition.

Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata

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Sergio Peris-Mencheta plays Gustavo Zapata, mostly referred to as El Oso, a former Mexican luchador (lucha libre wrestler) turned enforcer.

Amin Joseph as Jerome Saint

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American actor and producer Amin Joseph plays the character of Jerome Saint, Franklin’s uncle who now works with his nephew to expand their budding drug business.

Michael Hyatt as Cissy Saint

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British-born American actress Michael Hyatt plays the role of Franklin’s mother Cissy Saint, a pragmatic and hard-working mother who desires the best for her son but is against his involvement in the drug world.

Angela Lewis as Aunt Louie

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Angela Lewis plays Franklin’s Aunt Louie, Jerome’s long-suffering girlfriend who left her past wildlife as a party girl to get deeply involved in her nephew’s drug business.

Isaiah John as Leon Simmons

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Isiah John plays the role of one of Franklin’s best friends named Leon Simmons, who has now become one of the budding drug lord’s trusted lieutenants.

Alon Moni Aboutboul as Avi Dexter

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Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul plays the role of a respected drugs and arms dealer named Avi Drexler. Drexler and Franklin’s dealings intertwine all through the series, from Franklin once selling drugs for him to him now helping the teenager put away his money.

Other actors who make appearances on the show include Kevin Carroll who plays Franklin’s estranged father, Alton Saint; Jonathan Tucker who plays Teddy’s brother, Matt McDonald; Adriana DeGirolami as undercover DEA agent Soledad; DeRay Davis as Jerome and Franklin’s bodyguard Peaches. Marcus Henderson plays Sergeant Andre Wright, the father to Franklin’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Melody Wright, who is played by Reign Edwards.

Snowfall Season 3 Release Date

On September 19, 2018, a day before the 10th and final episode of the second season titled “Education” aired, it was announced that Snowfall was renewed for a third season. The Co-President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, Eric Schrier, spoke about his joy of seeing Snowfall’s audience and critical acclaim grow in its second season. He added that the creative team had done an excellent and fantastic job and the network “has high hopes for season three.”

Snowfall Season 3 is set to premiere on FX on July 10, 2019.

Facts About Snowfall Season 3

Snowfall season 3 will be taking place in the year 1984, a time in which the crack epidemic in South Central Los Angeles was at an all-time high. As a result of the increased number of social consequences that the crack epidemic brought along with it, such as increased crime and violence, the LA police department has begun to take a look at the growing epidemic and those who are benefitting from it.

One police officer who takes the issue very close to heart is Franklin Saint’s neighbor, Sergeant Andre Wright, who begins to pay very close attention to the budding drug lord, threatening to shine a light and bring an end to his business.

While the LAPD and Sergeant Wright are working rounding the clock to quench the proverbial fire of crack sweeping the city, another of the show’s main character, CIA operative Teddy McDonald, finds himself in a bit of a twist as he and the agency has to work twice as much as before in order to make sure that the flow of cocaine into Los Angeles does not come to a stop anytime soon. He does so by using Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata to find new routes into the United States to continue America’s funding of the war against communism in Central America as the DEA intensifies its efforts to clamp down on the inflow of drugs.

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Rumours And Updates

The Show will Continue Despite the Death of one of its Creators

While going about the production of Snowfall Season 3, the Snowfall family was thrown into mourning after one of the creators of the show, John Singleton, who also served as director and executive producer, passed away after complications following a stroke.

Singleton had reported experiencing weakness in his legs after returning back home from a trip to Costa Rica. He suffered a stroke on April 17, 2019, and was placed under intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. About a week later, his condition worsened as he slipped into a coma. After having spent three days on life support, he was unplugged from the machine and he died. John Singleton, who made history as the youngest filmmaker and first Black person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, was survived by his mother, father, and seven children. He died aged 51.

Some of Singleton’s best known work includes directing the cult classic film Boyz n the Hood (1991), which earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination, Poetic Justice (1993), Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005).

Speaking on the loss of John Singleton, Executive Producer of Snowfall, Trevor Engelson, said that every single member of the Snowfall family is sad about the loss of someone who justified his name on the billing of the show by having a hands-on approach to everything. “He was in the writer’s room, he was on set, he put his stamp on everything,” said Engelson.

However, Engelson noted that they would all be moving forward with the project because that would be what the multi-talented film director, screenwriter, and producer would have wanted. He went on to add that the actors carried on with their work as if John was there to push them with his well-known phrase, “Use that real-life emotion in your performance.”

Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata Death

There is a rumor floating on the internet that actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta will not be playing the main role in the third season of Snowfall. Viewers of episode nine of the second season of the show will recall that the former Mexican wrestler was badly injured from an attack by another Mexican drug dealer who was eventually killed by Lucia. It is said that Oso did not survive the ordeal, however, not more was revealed about the character as the second season came to an abrupt end after the tenth episode.

While this theory has been floating around, it is important to note that Oso has been said to play a role in helping Teddy smuggle drugs into the United States. With there being the very little information available about the upcoming season, many continue to wonder what the creators of the show have in store for us.

Snowfall is one of the Most Popular Shows on FX

Of all the television series’ that are on FX, Snowfall remains one of the most popular shows on the network. This is despite the fact that the ratings for the second season obtained a decline in comparison to its pilot season, a bad sign for any show looking to get renewed by a network.

A sign that network executives were somewhat impressed by the show was the fact that the president of FX congratulated the whole Snowfall production team for its creativity, which was very apparent in the second season. While the network admitted that there was a decline in ratings, it reported that there was a significant increase in the number of audience and critics of the show. With that, the network is expecting a much-improved rating when Snowfall Season 3 premiers.

Three Cups of Deceit Book Summary – All You Need To Know

Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way is the full name of the Byliner Original e-book written by American writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer. The best-selling non-fiction books author, who was notably a member of an ill-fated expedition to summit Mount Everest in 1996, writes the book to bring to light alleged gross mismanagement and accounting fraud by fellow mountaineer, writer, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortenson, through his international non-profit organization, Central Asia Institute.

On April 17, 2011, a CBS 60 Minutes report by journalist Steve Kroft raised questions about Greg Mortenson’s humanitarian efforts and his charity, Central Asia Institute (CAI). The show featured Krakauer who had been a financial supporter of Mortenson’s work, donating up to $75,000 to CAI before becoming disillusioned with the operations of the organization. A day after the airing of the episode, Krakauer released Three Cups of Deceit as an e-book to mixed reception. One reviewer described it as having a “jilted lover feel to it” while another said it was a “stunning example of investigative journalism.”

In the book, Krakauer further disputes a few facts in two of Mortenson’s books; Three Cups of Tea (2007) and Stones into Schools (2009), where the humanitarian gave what Krakauer said were false and fabricated accounts of his experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some of the false experiences include being supposedly kidnapped by the Taliban, and getting lost and separated on the way down from K2.

Disputed Claims in the Three Cups of Deceit Book

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Greg Mortenson had over the years built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, attributes that have earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and prompted prominent leaders like President Barack Obama to donate to his charity. However, after conducting a wide range of interviews with former employees, board members and others with inside knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, Jon Krakauer writes that all is not as it appears to be. He uncovers what he describes as multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson’s public image, adding that the image that has been created for public consumption is an artifact born of fantasy, audacity, and an insatiable hunger for esteem.

Among the supposed numerous layers of deception behind Mortenson’s image, Krakauer in his quest to find the truth focuses on three questions;

1. Was Mortenson’s humanitarianism truly inspired by a desire to repay the kindness shown to him by villagers who nursed him back to health when he was injured and lost on his descent down the world’s second-highest mountain, K2?
2. Was he truly abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban?
3. Does his charity fund his lifestyle and has it built all of the schools that he has claimed?

In regard to the first question, Mortenson wrote in his Three Cups of Tea book that his experience in a village called Korphe in 1993 was what sent him down the humanitarian path. He writes that after losing his way and stumbling onto the village as he was making his way down from K2, he was taken care of by an elder named Haji Ali. He would later go on to spend an unspecified amount of time in the village, putting his associate degree in nursing to good use by treating a number of injured villagers, before eventually deciding to leave. Before leaving, he said he asked Haji to show him the school in Korphe which Haji revealed to him was not existent. There was however an open ledge where eighty-two children (seventy-eight boys and the four girls) were gathered copying their multiplications table in the dirt without the presence of a teacher. It was at this time that Mortenson resigned to return and build a school.

Krakauer objects to this story calling it a fabrication in Three Cups of Deceit. He writes that Mortenson did not meet Haji Ali, or anyone else in Korphe, until October 1994, under entirely different circumstances than what was written in the book.

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On whether or not he was truly abducted by the Taliban, Jon Krakauer writes that it is a twisted version of a trip in which he was actually hosted by generous villagers. He writes that Mortenson was shown great respect and hospitality that was in accordance with the Pashtunwali values.

Krakauer further revealed that a former treasurer of CAI said Mortenson regards his charity as his personal ATM. He writes that in 2009, CAI spent 1.7 million dollars to promote Mortenson’s books, taking out full-page ads in publications like the New York Times, and chartering private planes for him to attend speaking events. The non-profit further purchased tens of thousands of copies of his books from commercial retailers in order for royalties to be paid to Mortenson, who doesn’t donate such proceeds to his charity. On the same mismanagement subject, Krakauer quotes a memo from a lawyer who examined CAI’s tax return and warned that the I.R.S. could cite Mortenson for receiving excess benefit from a charity.

15 Nonfiction Books That Became Movies With Fascinating Stories

From regular movies to Netflix, Amazon Prime movies, and more, each year, we are seeing more books that are turned to great movies. While the big screen is dominated by the adaptation of fictional books, there are also many nonfiction books that became movies and they have so much to deliver, probably even better than fiction.

Apart from having it at the back of your mind that these nonfiction adaptations are real things that happened, they also come with all the entertainment values that you get with fiction and they cut across genres.

Nonfiction Books That Became Movies

1. Travelling to Infinity – Jane Hawking

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This is one of the nonfiction books that became movies and it was written by the first wife of one of the greatest American scientists, Stephen Hawking. In the work, Jane Hawking captures her marriage to Hawking and all the challenges that fame brought as well as the battles she faced being married to someone who needed care at all times. She also captured their traumatic divorce as well as reconciliation.

A very emotional work, it has been adapted into the film, The Theory of Everything which was directed by James Marsh. It has won various awards and nominations including Oscar nominations for the best adapted screenplay, best actress, and best original score. Eddie Redmayne took home the Academy Awards for best actor as well as the Golden Globe Award.

2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand

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In this 2010 biographical work, the story of survival and perseverance is captured in a very interesting manner. It tells about Louie Zamperini, a US Olympia who served in the Second World War. Zamperini grew up as a troublemaker who ends up representing the US at the 1936 Olympics. When World War II came, his career ended and he joined the air corps. By the time the war was over, he had become a survivor- coming out of a plane crash, surviving 47 days on a raft, and surviving Japanese prisoner-of-war camps where he was brutalized for two-and-a-half years.

The book has been adapted into the 2014 film, Unbroken which was directed by Angelina Jolie. With Academy Awards nominations, it won a Hollywood Film Awards, MPSE Golden Reel Awards, and Saturn Awards, among others.

3. Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family – Nicholas Pileggi

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When he was just 11, Henry Hill began his journey into becoming a notorious criminal. He rose from one rank to the other. 4 years into his life of crime, he was arrested for using stolen cards but would not cooperate with the police. This won him the respect of the mafia boss and American mobster, Paul Vario. The book goes on to tell how Hill would rise and fall as a criminal who later became a police informant.

The book was adapted into the 1990 Martin Scorsese directed movie Goodfellas. The movie got five BAFTA awards and six Academy Awards nominations.

4. A Night to Remember – Walter Lord

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In this book, Walter Lord is able to capture what is still seen as the most accurate events of the sinking of the Titanic. Written masterfully, this 1955 work is based on the interviews Walter carried out with survivors of the tragedy. Everything from the tragedy itself to the reaction of crew members and passengers.

Among nonfiction books that became movies, the book has been adapted into a movie using the same title in 1958. The British drama-film was directed by Roy Ward Baker and it still remains one of the most compelling Titanic stories told.

5. Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 – Jeffrey Kluger and Jim Lovell

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First published in 1994, this non-fiction work is based on the actual events of April 1970 which saw the failed Apollo 13 lunar landing. The mission which became the third in the Apollo program that was aimed at landing man on the moon was aborted after an onboard explosion of a liquid oxygen tank.

The work has been adapted into the Ron Howard directed movie, Apollo 13 of 1955.

6. The Accidental Billionaires – Ben Mezrich

This book which is titled The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal was written and originally published in 2009. It tells the story of how Facebook began and how Mark Zuckerberg who is the protagonist of the work became the main man behind the social networking site after outplaying his other friends.

The book which ended at a time when legal battles were still being fought between those involved, was adapted into the 2010 film, The Social Network which was directed by David Fincher and made by Columbia Pictures.

7.Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History – George Crile

This book captures what is arguably the biggest covert operation in history. It tells of how US Senator Charlie Wilson got involved in the Cold War as well as the arming of the Jihad freedom fighters in Afghanistan. Among nonfiction books that became movies, one may easily have the feeling that this will be a boring one to watch, but it is not. It is packed with political intrigues, action, and suspense.

The book has been adapted into the film, Charlie Wilson’s War in 2007. It was directed by Mike Nichols and has got both Golden Globes and Academy Awards nomination Mike Nichols.

8. In the Heart of the Sea – Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1820, the Whaler Essex was lost in the Pacific Ocean after it was attacked by a sperm whale. While in the open ocean, those that survived fed on those that died in the tragedy and when that was not even enough, they had to sacrifice some for others to live. The travails were captured in different works including In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex which was published in 2000.

In 2015, it was adapted into a film of the same name.

9. The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger

Written by Sebastian Junger, this work tells the story of events of 1991 in which the Andrea Gail boat and its crew members were caught in a massive storm that destroys its antenna and leaves the crew lost. With much effort to save their lives, no one on the ship returns home, not even their bodies.

The book was adapted into a movie in 2000, three years after it was released. The tragic movie was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and it got two Academy Awards nominations.

10. Dead Man Walking – Helen Prejean

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In this work, Helen Prejean captures the story of a convicted killer who has been sentenced to death. Prejean, a reverend sister, looks at the life of the murderer as he awaits his fate as well as the rage of the families of those who have been killed as well as those whose job is to carry out the execution. She tries to balance all these in relations to Christian teaching of love and forgiveness, ending with a masterpiece of a book.

The book was adapted to a movie in 1995 and was directed by Tom Robbins. The movie got four Academy Awards nominations, from which it won one, as well as a Golden Globes nomination.

11. All the President’s Men – Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

This is one of the most important books out there on investigative journalism. But more than that,  it is also important as that book that brought down a president. It tells about Watergate in a way only it tells. The book chronicles the investigations of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the Watergate scandal. The book was adapted into a movie in 1976.

12. The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort

The Wolf of Wall Street is a memoir of Jordan Belfort, a young man employed into a Wall Street brokerage firm. He would go on to found his own firm which he uses in defrauding people of millions. While he keeps having the time of his life, the FBI and SEC close in on him.

The book was adapted into a very successful 2013 movie which was directed by Martin Scorsese.

13. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally

This is an award-winning book novel which tells about a Nazi Party member, Oskar Schindler who saves the lives of 1200 Jews from concentration camps in Germany and Poland. The work is a historical fiction which means that there is some part of it that has been fictionalized even though most of it is actually from events in the past.

It has been adapted into the 1993 film, Schindler’s List and was directed by Steven Spielberg.

14. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

In 1959, there was a murder in the farming community of Holcomb, Kansas. This non-fiction novel is on the murder which had four members of the Herbert Clutter family as the victims. Inasmuch as there were other works of nonfiction on the crime, this book is considered to be one of the most important.

It was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1967 and was directed by Richard Brooks.

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15. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game – Michael Lewis

This is one of the great sports nonfiction books that became movies. It looks at how baseball teams pick their players based on statistics of performance rather than scouts who have always been highly skilled in getting the right players for teams.

It was adapted into a sports film in 2011 and was directed by Steven Zaillian.

52 Spectacular Non-Fiction Books You Need To Read

While fiction books get most of the love and attention in the literary world, there are many spectacular non-fiction books that deserve as much attention. These books not only resonate with book readers all over the world but they are also captivating because of the lessons they offer and the insight they provide into the author’s life. In doubt? Well, here are 52 spectacular non-fiction books to change your mind.

52 Spectacular Non-Fiction Books You Need To Read

1. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014) – Elizabeth Kolbert

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for General Non-Fiction books, Elizabeth Kolbert, gives an engrossing account of why the earth is heading towards catastrophe as a result of the man-made Sixth Extinction.

2. The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) – Joan Didion

The author, who received a Pulitzer Prize nomination in the category for Biography or Autobiography, takes readers on a journey of her experience following the death of her husband and her attempts to make sense of her grief while also caring for her ailing adopted daughter.

3. Dreams from My Father (1995) – Barack Obama

This remarkably candid memoir explores Obama’s journey in life, from his early years in Honolulu to his time in Chicago before enrolling for law school.

4. Never Cry Wolf (1963) – Farley Mowat

Never Cry Wolf is an account of the author’s experience in observing arctic wolves in subarctic Canada following the decline in the population of the caribou.

5. No Logo (1999) – Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein explores the dark side of capitalism in this book by examining the change from products to branding and the results it has had on the population.

6. The Selfish Gene (1976) – Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene is Professor Dawkins’ take on the theory of natural selection which argues that nature, at its fundamental level, is about the competition between genes.

7. The Right Stuff (1979) – Tom Wolfe 

The Right Stuff is one of Tom Wolfe’s non-fiction books that explored why astronauts accepted the danger of traveling to space.

8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) – Maya Angelou

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the most highly acclaimed book by Angelou. It illustrates how the strength of character and a love of literature helped her overcome racism and trauma.

9. Orientalism (1978) – Edward Said 

Orientalism examines the way in which the West observes Arabs and others who inhabit places like Asia, and North Africa.

10. A Brief History of Time (1988) – Stephen Hawking

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British physicist Stephen Hawking gives his account of the origins, structure, development and eventual fate of the universe in his very popular bestselling book.

11. North (1975) – Seamus Heaney 

Seamus Heaney, the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, puts together a collection of poems that directly deals with the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

12. Awakenings (1973) – Oliver Sacks

British neurologist Oliver Sacks recounts his efforts and the life histories of those he helped treat of encephalitis lethargica (sleeping sickness).

13. The Female Eunuch (1970) – Germaine Greer

Australian writer Germaine Greer in her book challenges the traditional, societal roles of women which she says renders them as eunuchs.

14. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom (1969) – Nik Cohn

Nik Cohn gives a passionate account of how rock’n’roll changed the world, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix.

15. De Profundis (1905) – Oscar Wilde

While in prison, Oscar Wilde recounts in his letter the relationships and extravagant lifestyle that led to his conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency.

16. Against Interpretation (1966) – Susan Sontag

Against Interpretation is a collection of essays by Susan Sontag that provides the quintessential commentary on the 1960s.

17. Ariel (1965) – Sylvia Plath

A collection of poems by Sylvia Plath that revolve around her fascination with her own death.

18. The Feminine Mystique (1963) – Betty Friedan

One of the bestselling non-fiction books in the 1960s, The Feminine Mystiques explores the frustration of a generation of middle-class American housewives.

19. The Making of the English Working Class (1963) – EP Thompson

Described as an anatomy of pre-industrial Britain, The Making of the English Working Class is a seminal text on the history of the working class.

20. In Cold Blood (1966) – Truman Capote

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In Cold Blood is one of several non-fiction books by Truman Capote that details the 1959 brutal killing of four members of the Herbert Clutter family in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas.

21. A Room of One’s Own (1929) – Virginia Woolf 

An essay on women’s struggle for independence, specifically for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men.

22. H is For Hawk (2014) – Helen Mcdonald

H is for Hawk details the author’s experience in adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators, the northern goshawk, following the death of her father.

23. Silent Spring (1962) – Rachel Carson

Carson documents the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. The book went on to launch the modern environmental movement in the US, inspiring the legislation that controls pollution among other things.

24. Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth (1945) – Richard Wright

A memoir by a rebellious southern boy that details the struggle of African Americans in the decades before civil rights.

25. The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life (1957) – Richard Hoggart 

A cultural study of postwar Britain that examines the influence of mass media and offers pertinent truths on mass communication and the interaction between ordinary people and the elites.

26. The Affluent Society (1958) – John Kenneth Galbraith

Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith outlines and promotes investment in both the public and private sectors to avoid income disparities.

27. The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art (1956) – Kenneth Clark

Clark’s survey of the nude from the Greeks to Picasso offers a critical appraisal of the role of nude figures in the portrayal of beauty, energy, pathos, and ecstasy in classic Renaissance art.

28. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) – Dee Brown

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is one of many non-fiction books by Dee Brown. It details the history of American expansionism through the eyes of Native Americans.

29. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) – Thomas S Kuhn

A book by American physicist and philosopher of science Thomas S. Kuhn about the history of science. It challenged the then prevailing view of progress in normal science, making it a milestone in scientific theory.

30. Out of Africa (1937) – Isak Dinesen

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Danish author Karen Blixen, under her pen name Isak Dinesen, recounts the events of her almost two-decade-long stay in British East Africa, modern day Kenya.

31. The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) – George Orwell

Orwell gives an honest account of three northern towns during the Great Depression.

32. The Last Days of Hitler (1947) – Hugh Trevor-Roper 

Trevor-Roper, who was appointed by British Intelligence to investigate conflicting evidence surrounding Hitler’s final days, gives a vivid, and terrifying account of the Fuhrer’s demise.

33. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946) – Dr. Benjamin Spock

One of the bestselling non-fiction books of the twentieth century on child care by an American pediatrician that urged parents to trust themselves.

34. Hiroshima (1946) – John Hersey

Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey tells extraordinary, gripping personal stories of six people who survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

35. The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945) – Karl Popper 

Philosopher Karl Popper puts forward a rallying cry for the embracement of western liberal democracy.

36. Notes of a Native Son (1955) – James Baldwin

James Baldwin explores through a collection of ten essays what it means to be a black man in modern America.

37. How to Cook a Wolf (1942) – MFK Fisher

American culinary icon uses food as a cultural metaphor, writing to inspire courage in those daunted by wartimes shortages.

38. Enemies of Promise (1938) – Cyril Connolly

A dissection of the art of writing and the perils of literary life, as experienced by Connolly.

39. A Grief Observed (1961) – CS Lewis

A collection of C. S. Lewis’ reflections exploring the feeling of solitude and a sense of betrayal on the experience of bereavement following the death of his wife.

40. The Road to Oxiana (1937) – Robert Byron

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Described as the greatest travel book of the 20th century, The Road to Oxiana gives an account of a journey to Afghanistan.

41. The Double Helix (1968) – James D Watson

An astonishingly personal account of how Cambridge scientists unlocked the secrets of DNA, thereby transforming our understanding of life.

42. Testament of Youth (1933) – Vera Brittain

A memoir by Vera Brittain that details her experience of the first world war as a nurse and the impact it had on the lives of women and the middle-class civilian population of Great Britain.

43. My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) – Winston Churchill

Sir Churchill gives a candid account of his life from childhood up to 1902.

44. Goodbye to All That (1929) – Robert Graves

An autobiography by Robert Graves that gives an account of his experiences in the trenches of the first world war.

45. Birthday Letters (1998) – Ted Hughes

Birthday Letters is a unique collection of poetry written over a period of at least 25 years by writer Ted Hughes to his wife Sylvia Plath.

46. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (1998) – Philip Gourevitch

This is one of the many non-fiction books that give an account of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where an estimated 1,000,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed.

47. Ten Days That Shook the World (1919) – John Reed

A book on the first-hand experiences of the October Revolution in Russia in 1917.

48. The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919) – John Maynard Keynes

British economist John Maynard Keynes’ account of what went wrong at the Versailles conference after the first world war.

49. The Souls of Black Folk (1903) – WEB Du Bois

A book containing several essays on race drawn from the experiences of the writer as an African American in American society.

50. Eminent Victorians (1918) – Lytton Strachey

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An illustration of life in the Victorian period through the demolitions of four great 19th-century Britons; Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon.

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51. The American Language (1919) – HL Mencken

Renowned US journalist and commentator H. L. Mencken launches an inquiry into the development of English in the United States.

52. How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) – Dale Carnegie

One of the best non-fiction books in the self-help category, How to Win Friends and Influence People is regarded as the original self-help manual on American life