New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
June 28, 2020
1. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
2. Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World
Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss
The Fox News Sunday anchor gives an account of the key people involved in and events leading up to America's attack on Hiroshima in 1945.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
4. Between the World and Me
Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story, framed as a letter to the author's teenage son.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
6. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.
7. Our Time Is Now
The nonprofit chief executive and former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives makes her case for voter protections, elevated identity politics and moral international leadership.
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
9. United States of Socialism: Who's Behind It. Why It's Evil. How to Stop It.
The conservative commentator makes his case that identity politics are woven into what he considers socialism in America.
10. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Layla F. Saad
Ways to understand and possibly counteract white privilege.
11. The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
Various skills and techniques used on the court by the late Los Angeles Lakers player.
12. I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Austin Channing Brown
A black woman who was given a white man's name by her parents shares her journey to finding her own worth and what stands in the way of racial justice.
13. The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy
The former chief economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (minority staff) explores modern monetary theory and questions some beliefs about the economy.
14. My Vanishing Country: A Memoir
A memoir that provides a historical and cultural analysis of the rural South by a former member of the South Carolina State Legislature.
15. Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage
The Texas congressman and former Navy SEAL prescribes ways to overcome adversity.
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A version of this list appears in the June 28, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 13, 2020.