You would think that the religious texts such as the Bible and Quran are a shoe into this list but we left them out because we’d like the list to have more variety. They are absolutely controversial, but lets find some other controversial books.

Here are the 5 Most Controversial Books In History.

1. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Controversial Books

If you’ve only heard of “Lolita” from its reputation as being “pornographic”, you are in for a surprise when you read it. Yes, it involves a lecherous, middle aged man chasing after a 12 year old “nymphet”. Yes, it is deeply disturbing and makes one queasy at times. It is also a brilliant, funny, witty, literary rollercoaster.

2. The Satanic Verses: A Novel – Salman Rushdie

Controversial Books

Although we’re avoiding the religious texts, we’re not avoiding religion all together. One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known books, which almost cost him his life.

3. Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ & The Shocking Legacy of the Grail – Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln

Controversial Books

This book is pretty much the basis to the fictional work by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code. It states that Jesus lived, married, had children, and moved to France. Let the controversy ensue.

4. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx, Friedrich Egles

Controversial Books

As far as political books go, this could be the most controversial from the perspective of the west. The book claims that capitalism is only a theoretical success.

5. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Controversial Books

Brave New World is a most popular novel by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. It was frequently challenged with banning attempts, and is still considered controversial. Its portrayal of what the future could look like was deemed too controversial, and the book was banned in many countries and is still seen as one of the most controversial books of all time.