New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
August 9, 2020
1. 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.
2. The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life
Who is the Canadian-American who got his break on American TV by hosting the game show
The Wizard of Odds
and whose pronunciation of the word "genre" has been shared widely on social media?
3. How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps
The conservative commentator describes what he perceives as threats to American history, ideals and culture.
4. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
5. 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.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
7. 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.
8. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
11. Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian looks at the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism around the world.
12. Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win
The author of
explains why he thinks President Trump will be re-elected.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
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A version of this list appears in the August 9, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 25, 2020.
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