New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
May 27, 2018
1. The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer contextualizes the present political climate through the lens of difficult moments in American history.
2. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Zora Neale Hurston
A previously unpublished, first-person account of Cudjo Lewis, a man who was transported and enslaved 50 years after the slave trade was banned.
3. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
The former F.B.I. director recounts cases and personal events that shaped his outlook on justice, and analyzes the leadership styles of three presidents.
4. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
The late true-crime journalist's search for the serial murderer and rapist known as "the Golden State Killer."
5. Educated: A Memoir
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
6. War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles the deterioration of American diplomacy.
7. Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
How a goal-setting system helped large tech companies succeed.
8. The Light Within Me: An Inspirational Memoir
Ainsley Earhardt with Mark Tabb
A memoir by one of the hosts of "Fox & Friends".
9. Fascism: A Warning
Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward
The former secretary of state examines the legacy of fascism in the 20th century and its potential revival.
10. Obama: An Intimate Portrait
More than 300 pictures of the former president by his White House photographer, with behind-the-scenes stories.
11. The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table
A tribute to the author's mother and the recipes she used that were handed down over generations.
12. The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies
Michael V. Hayden
A former director of the N.S.A. and the C.I.A. identifies domestic and international threats to the American intelligence community.
13. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.
14. The Order of Time
The Italian theoretical physicist uses ideas based in philosophy, science and literature to explore the mysteries of time.
15. Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
James Fallows and Deborah Fallows
A couple who flew around America in a single-engine prop airplane describe how solutions for issues faced on a local level differ from national-level dysfunction.
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A version of this list appears in the May 27, 2018 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 12, 2018.