New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
August 13, 2017
1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.
2. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America's white working class through his own childhood.
3. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
A memoir by the Democratic senator from Minnesota and former
Saturday Night Live
writer and performer.
4. Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency
A deeply reported account of the relationship between Donald Trump and his chief strategist.
5. Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism
Mark R. Levin
The radio host argues that the founding fathers would be shocked by the expansion of modern government.
6. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Insight on facing adversity and building resilience.
The alt-right provocateur criticizes political correctness.
8. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil.
9. The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
The 400-mission career of a SEAL Team operator.
10. Understanding Trump
The former House speaker explains the president's philosophy and political agenda.
11. Huê 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
An account of the battle that changed the American approach to Vietnam.
12. The Swamp: Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It
The Fox News host suggests how Donald Trump can fight cronyism.
13. I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons
Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss
The comedian's personal and professional life.
14. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
How Homo sapiens became Earth's dominant species.
15. Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the comedian, now the host of
The Daily Show.
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A version of this list appears in the August 13, 2017 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 29, 2017.
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