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The Best Satire Books

“What are the best Satire books of all-time?” We looked at 15 sources and aggregated 96 different books in an attempt to answer that very question.

The best satire books of all-time we found after aggregating all of the lists together leaned much more on the historical side of the genre than we would have expected. The list is much more Johnathan Swift and his proposal of baby meals than Onion and Daily Show compilations.

Below you will find the top 14 satirical books of all-time with images, links, and summaries. At the bottom of the page the remaining 82 books, all appearing on a single list each, as well as the sources we used are also listed.

Also make sure to check out our sister film website for the Best Satire Movies Of All-Time!

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The Top 14 Satirical Books



14 .) 1984 by George Orwell

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Duck Bunny

Written in 1948,1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

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13 .) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Literary Devices
  • Global Top 10s

The novel’s preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author’s remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book’s understated development of serious underlying themes: “natural” man versus “civilized” society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, and other topics. Most of all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters.

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12 .) I Am America! And So Can You! by Stephen Colbert

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Stubborn Stuff
  • Duck Bunny

I AM AMERICA (AND SO CAN YOU!) is Stephen Colbert’s attempt to wedge his brain between hardback covers. In plain conversational language, not to mention the occasional grunt and/or whistle, Stephen explains his take on the most pressing concerns of our culture: Faith, Family, Politics…Hygiene.

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11 .) Machine Man by Max Barry

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Lists It Appears On:

  • io9
  • Duck Bunny

“Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It’s not a tragedy. It’s an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts.

Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon.

A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man’s quest for ultimate self-improvement.”

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10 .) MASH by Richard Hooker

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Guy Portman

“The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, “”a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees.””

For fans of the movie and the series alike, here is the original version of that perfectly corrupt football game, those martini-laced mornings and sexual escapades, and that unforgettable foray into assisted if incompleted suicide–all as funny and poignant now as they were before they became a part of America’s culture and heart.”

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9 .) The Pearl of Kuwait by Tom Paine

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Guy Portman

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8 .) White Noise by Don DeLillo

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Notes from the Ironborn
  • The Guardian

Winner of the National Book Award, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultra­modern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an “airborne toxic event,” a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the “white noise” engulfing the Gladneys-radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings-pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.

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7 .) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Stubborn Stuff

Edith Grossman’s definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven’t experienced Don Quixotein English until you’ve read this masterful translation.

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6 .) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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Lists It Appears On:

  • io9
  • Ranker
  • Global Top 10s
  • Duck Bunny

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

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5 .) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Ranker
  • Global Top 10s
  • The Guardian
  • Duck Bunny

 

Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.

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4 .) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Guy Portman
  • Ranker
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New Dork Review of Books

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

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3 .) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Book Riot
  • Guy Portman
  • Ranker
  • Stubborn Stuff

Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

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2 .) Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Ranker
  • Global Top 10s
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New Dork Review of Books
  • Duck Bunny

Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.

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1 .) Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

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Lists It Appears On:

  • io9
  • Ranker
  • Five Books
  • Global Top 10s
  • Duck Bunny
  • Stubborn Stuff
  • Literary Devices

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships, better known simply as Gulliver’s Travels (1726, amended 1735), is a novel by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the “travellers’ tales” literary subgenre. It is Swift’s best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.

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82 Additional Satirical Novels
(Appear on 1 list each)



 

A Clockwork OrangeRanker
A Companion to Satire: Ancient and ModernRuben QuinteroQuestia
A Confederacy of DuncesThe New Dork Review of Books
A Modest ProposalJonathon SwiftDuck Bunny
Adventures of Huckleberry FinnRanker
African American Satire: The Sacredly Profane NovelDarryl Dickson-CarrQuestia
America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy InactionJon StewartDuck Bunny
American PsychoThe New Dork Review of Books
And Then We Came to the EndJoshua FerrisBookglow
Archetypes, Imprecators, and Victims of Fate: Origins and Developments of Satire in Black DramaFemi EubaQuestia
Augustan Satire: Intention and Idiom in English Poetry, 1660-1750Ian JackQuestia
Beauty QueensLibba BrayGlobal Top 10s
Blackadder Goes ForthRichard Curtis and Ben EltonPublishers Weekly
Bleak HouseCharles DickensThe Guardian
Bored of the Ringsio9
Breakfast of ChampionsKurt VonnegutGlobal Top 10s
CandideVoltaireGlobal Top 10s
Cat CountryLao Sheio9
Cat’s CradleRanker
De-Gendering Genre: Aphra Behn and the Tradition of English Verse SatireYoung, Elizabeth VQuestia
Dear Mr. PresidentGabe HudsonGuy Portman
Decline and FallEvelyn WaughThe Guardian
Der UntertanHeinrich MannThe Guardian
Don’t Vote – It just encourages the BastardsP.J. O’RourkeStubborn Stuff
English Satire and SatiristsHugh WalkerQuestia
Fahrenheit 451Ray BradburyDuck Bunny
Going After CacciatoTim O’BrienGuy Portman
Going PostalTerry PratchettPublishers Weekly
Gravity’s RainbowThomas PynchonGuy Portman
GridlockBen Eltonio9
How I Became A Famous NovelistThe New Dork Review of Books
I Shot BruceBrett BusangBookglow
In Persuasion NationGeorge SaundersBookglow
Infinite JestDavid Foster Wallaceio9
Jennifer GovernmentMax BarryDuck Bunny
Lies and the Lying Liars who tell themAl FrankenStubborn Stuff
Look Who’s BackTimur VermesPublishers Weekly
Lucky JimKingsley AmisNotes from the Ironborn
Make Room! Make Room!Harry Harrisonio9
Not in Timon’s Manner: Feeling, Misanthropy, and Satire in Eighteenth-Century EnglandThomas R. PrestonQuestia
Nothing to Admire: The Politics of Poetic Satire from Dryden to MerrillChristopher YuQuestia
Postwar Academic Fiction: Satire, Ethics, CommunityKenneth WomackQuestia
Put Out More FlagsFive Books
Satire in the Victorian NovelFrances Theresa RussellQuestia
Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to JuvenalKirk FreudenburgQuestia
ScoopEvelyn WaughThe Guardian
Shakespeare’s SatireOscar James CampbellQuestia
Sirens of TitanKurt VonnegutBookglow
Small GodsTerry PratchettPublishers Weekly
Small WorldDavid Lodge,Notes from the Ironborn
Straight ManRichard RussoNotes from the Ironborn
Super Sad True Love StoryGary Shteyngartio9
Thank You for SmokingChristopher BuckleyDuck Bunny
the Best Laid PlansTerry FallisStubborn Stuff
The CompanyMax BarryDuck Bunny
The Complete WorksMark TwainStubborn Stuff
The Difference Satire Makes: Rhetoric and Reading from Jonson to ByronFredric V. BogelQuestia
The Discount DetectivesBen UnglesbeeBookglow
The Financial Lives of the PoetsThe New Dork Review of Books
The Good Soldier SvejkJaroslav HasekPublishers Weekly
The History ManMalcolm BradburyThe Guardian
The House of GodSamuel ShemPublishers Weekly
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedJonas JonassonBookglow
The King David ReportStefan HeymPublishers Weekly
The Lecturer’s TaleJames HynesNotes from the Ironborn
The Master and MargaritaMikhail BulgakovPublishers Weekly
The Miracle AdjusterSimon CampbellBookglow
The People’s ManifestoMark ThomasStubborn Stuff
The Princess BrideWilliam GoldmanGlobal Top 10s
The Rape of the LockAlexander PopeLiterary Devices
The Satire of Jonathan SwiftHerbert DavisQuestia
The Satirist: His Temperament, Motivation, and InfluenceLeonard FeinbergQuestia
The Screwtape LettersC. S. LewisGlobal Top 10s
The Short Rein of Pippin IV: A FabricationJohn SteinbeckStubborn Stuff
The Thieves of ManhattanThe New Dork Review of Books
The TrialFranz KafkaThe Guardian
The ZeroJess WalterBookglow
They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?Christopher BuckleyBookglow
This Dark Estate: A Reading of PopeThomas R. Edwards JrQuestia
Two is for YouBobby WilliamsBookglow
Vile BodiesEvelyn WaughThe Guardian
War With the NewtsKarel Capekio9
Writing down Rome: Satire, Comedy, and Other Offences in Latin PoetryJohn HendersonQuestia


Best Satirical Literature Sources



SourceArticle
Book Riot SATIRE AND WAR
Bookglow 10 Popular Satire Books
Duck Bunny Satire Books
Five Books P J O’Rourke recommends the best books on Political Satire
Global Top 10s Top 10 Satire Novels
Guy Portman 7 Satirical Books about War
io9 10 Satirical Novels that Could Teach You To Survive the Future
Literary Devices Satire
Notes from the Ironborn Top Five Academic Satire Novels
Publishers Weekly 10 Best Satires
Questia Satire in Literature
Ranker Top 10 Satire Novels
Stubborn Stuff Top 10 Political Satire Books
The Guardian James Hawes’ top 10 satires
The New Dork Review of Books A Short, Not-Incredibly-In-Depth Look At Satirical Novels

 



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