New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
July 26, 2020
1. The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir
The former national security advisor gives his account of the 17 months he spent working for President Trump.
2. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
3. 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.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
5. Separated: Inside an American Tragedy
The NBC News correspondent examines the Trump administration's systematic separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border and the living conditions of the children in custody.
6. 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.
8. Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
An appraisal of the life and work of James Baldwin and their meaning in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement and the Trump presidency.
9. 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.
10. Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World
Chris Wallace with Mitch Weiss
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 daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
12. The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir
A female, African-American emergency room physician finds success in a predominantly white male field and examines ways to heal mind, body and spirit.
13. Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win
The author of
explains why he thinks President Trump will be re-elected.
14. 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.
15. Hamilton: The Revolution: Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, The Power of Stories, and the New America
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
The libretto of the award-winning musical, with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.
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A version of this list appears in the July 26, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 11, 2020.
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