New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
September 20, 2020
1. Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
The former director of special events at
describes parting ways with the First Lady after being made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities.
2. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
4. Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President
Michael S. Schmidt
New York Times
Washington correspondent details actions by officials who attempted to contain the president.
5. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
Mary L. Trump
The clinical psychologist gives her assessment of events and patterns inside her family and how they shaped President Trump.
6. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
7. Live Free or Die: America (And the World) on the Brink
host offers his assessment on what is at stake in the 2020 election.
8. His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer creates a portrait of Representative John Lewis, the late civil rights leader and congressman for Georgia's Fifth Congressional District.
9. Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of the Truth
anchor and chief media correspondent examines the inner workings of Fox News and its relationship with President Trump.
10. The Dynasty
The history of the New England Patriots from N.F.L. laughingstock to making 10 trips to the Super Bowl.
11. Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
Ian W. Toll
The third book in the Pacific War trilogy describes the last year of World War II in the Pacific.
12. I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir
The educator and advocate describes growing up gay in a small Midwestern town and meeting his husband, Pete.
13. Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win
The author of
explains why he thinks President Trump will be re-elected.
14. 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.
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A version of this list appears in the September 20, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 5, 2020.
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