New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
June 20, 2021
1. How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America
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explores the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history.
2. Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
The 10th book in the conservative commentator's Killing series looks at organized crime in the United States during the 20th century.
3. What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.
4. After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made
A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama traveled the globe to discover just how much America's fingerprints are on the world we shaped.
5. The Premonition
Stories of skeptics who went against the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of Covid-19. The profiles include a local public-health officer and a group of doctors nicknamed the Wolverines.
6. The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
A collection of personal essays that review different facets of the human-centered planet.
The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
8. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
A look at the key players and outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.
9. Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir
Ashley C. Ford
A memoir about growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
11. 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.
12. Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner brings to light the secrets, scandals and shortcomings of the Secret Service.
The singer-songwriter's memoir sheds light on her fraught childhood, musical triumphs and activism.
14. Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment
Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein
What might cause variability in judgments that should be identical and potential ways to remedy this.
A collection of personal essays by the actor, writer, producer, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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A version of this list appears in the June 20, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 5, 2021.
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