New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2012 Complete List Page 1

There are 211 books in the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2012 list. Here are the 30 books ranked from 1 to 30.

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1. Killing Lincoln

Weeks on the list: 53

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 27, 2011
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The anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

2. Heaven Is For Real

Weeks on the list: 53

by: Todd Burpo Lynn Vincent
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an appendectomy.

3. Unbroken

Weeks on the list: 53

by: Laura Hillenbr
Release date: Nov 16, 2010
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An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

4. The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Weeks on the list: 43

by: Rebecca Skloot
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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The story of a woman whose cancer cells were extensively cultured without her permission in 1951.

5. Steve Jobs

Weeks on the list: 42

by: Walter Isaacson
Release date: Oct 24, 2011
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A biography of the recently deceased entrepreneur, based on 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.

6. In The Garden Of Beasts

Weeks on the list: 37

by: Erik Larson
Release date: May 10, 2011
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This portrait of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis centers on the family of William E. Dodd, the U.S. ambassador there.

7. Wild

Weeks on the list: 31

by: Cheryl Strayed
Release date: Mar 20, 2012
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A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

8. The Power Of Habit

Weeks on the list: 30

by: Charles Duhigg
Release date: Feb 28, 2012
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A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.

9. Bossypants

Weeks on the list: 28

by: Tina Fey
Release date: Apr 05, 2011
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A memoir from the former “Saturday Night Live” star and creator of “30 Rock.”

10. American Sniper

Weeks on the list: 22

by: Chris Kyle Scott McEwen Jim DeFelice
Release date: Jan 03, 2012
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A member of the Navy Seals with the most career sniper kills in United States military history discusses his childhood, his marriage and his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war.

11. Amateur

Weeks on the list: 20

by: Edward Klein
Release date: May 14, 2012
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A journalist argues that President Obama is callow, arrogant and unable to lead.

12. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Jenny Lawson
Release date: Apr 17, 2012
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A blogger recalls her unusual upbringing.

13. Outliers

Weeks on the list: 16

by: Malcolm Gladwell
Release date: Nov 18, 2008
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Unexpected factors that explain why some people succeed, such as upbringing, timing and 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

14. No Easy Day

Weeks on the list: 15

by: Mark Owen Kevin Maurer
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs, written pseudonymously, of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

15. Thinking, Fast And Slow

Weeks on the list: 15

by: Daniel Kahneman
Release date: Oct 25, 2011
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The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions.

16. Quiet

Weeks on the list: 14

by: Susan Cain
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Introverts — one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society.

17. The Presidents Club

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Nancy Gibbs Michael Duffy
Release date: Apr 17, 2012
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Two journalists examine the relationships between sitting presidents and their predecessors.

18. A Stolen Life

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Jaycee Dugard
Release date: Jul 12, 2011
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A woman tells of being kidnapped at the age of 11 and held prisoner for 18 years by a convicted rapist and his wife.

19. The Glass Castle

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Jeannette Walls
Release date: Jan 17, 2006
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The author recalls how she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.

20. The Vow

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Kim Krickitt Carpenter Dana Wilkerson
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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After a horrific car crash, a couple embark on a journey to fall in love all over again. The true events that inspired the movie.

21. Imagine

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Jonah Lehrer
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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An account of the science of creativity argues that it is not a gift but a group of thought processes that can be learned.

22. The Signal And The Noise

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Nate Silver
Release date: Sep 27, 2012
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An examination of predictions, the ones that come true and the ones that don’t.

23. Killing Kennedy

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Oct 02, 2012
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The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

24. America Again

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Stephen Colbert others
Release date: Oct 02, 2012
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The mock pundit of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” tells how to bring America back from the brink.

25. Through My Eyes

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Tim Tebow Nathan Whitaker
Release date: May 31, 2011
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The Broncos quarterback chronicles his personal and professional course.

26. Auschwitz

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Miklos Nyiszli
Release date: Apr 01, 2011
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An eyewitness account of the Nazi death camp, written shortly after the war by a doctor who was a prisoner there.

27. Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Katherine Boo
Release date: Feb 07, 2012
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A journalist reports on families striving for better lives in a Mumbai slum.

28. How Children Succeed

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Paul Tough
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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An argument that the qualities that matter most have to do with character, not intelligence.

29. Waging Heavy Peace

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Neil Young
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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The rocker’s memoir ranges over his personal life and his music, including his days with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

30. Proof Of Heaven

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Eben Alex er
Release date: Oct 23, 2012
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A neurosurgeon recounts his near death experience during a coma from bacterial meningitis.

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