New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
December 31, 2017
1. Leonardo Da Vinci
A biography of the Italian Renaissance polymath which connects his work in various disciplines.
2. Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs
More than 300 pictures of the former president by his White House photographer, with behind-the-scenes stories.
A biography of the Union general of the Civil War and two-term president of the United States.
4. Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
The former vice president recalls his toughest year in office, as his son battled brain cancer.
5. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny
Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Major General Jackson takes on the British in Louisiana.
6. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
The New York senator's journey from his formative years to his tragic run for president.
7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.
8. Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency
Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
Insider accounts of the Republican presidential campaign and its outcome by two of its advisers.
9. Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Major events and battles during the Revolutionary War are told from several perspectives.
10. 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.
11. What Happened
Hillary Rodham Clinton
An inside look at her campaign and how she recovered in its aftermath.
12. Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
How the twin daughters of former president George W. Bush grew up in the public eye.
13. Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
A memoir by the retired astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.
14. The Last Black Unicorn
The comedian recounts growing up in South Central Los Angeles, exacting revenge on an ex-boyfriend and finding success after a period of homelessness.
15. Hamilton: The Revolution
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 December 31, 2017 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending December 16, 2017.
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