New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
October 6, 2019
1. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know
Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.
2. Permanent Record
A memoir by the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the government's mass surveillance program.
3. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
Jim Mattis and Bing West
The former Marine infantry officer and secretary of defense recounts key moments from his career and imparts his leadership philosophy.
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
5. The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
Garrett M. Graff
An oral history of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, based on transcripts, declassified documents and interviews.
6. She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Two reporters for The New York Times recount their investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuses of power and the subsequent global disclosure of women's traumatic stories.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
8. The Education of an Idealist
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's journey from being an immigrant to being an activist outsider to serving in President Obama's cabinet.
9. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America
The Fox News host posits those she labels anti-Trump conspirators have committed possible crimes and a plot to destroy liberty.
10. How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-world Problems
The former NASA roboticist dispenses complex and excessive solutions to common problems.
11. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
12. Lifespan: Why We Age -- and Why We Don't Have to
David A. Sinclair and Matthew D. LaPlante
A professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School expounds on some new technologies and lifestyle changes that may affect aging.
13. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
Essays arguing in favor of climate action and social justice.
14. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.
15. Three Women
The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.
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A version of this list appears in the October 6, 2019 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 21, 2019.
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