New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2016 Complete List Page 1

There are 257 books in the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2016 list. Here are the 30 books ranked from 1 to 30.

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1. Alexander Hamilton

Weeks on the list: 51

by: Ron Chernow
Release date: Mar 29, 2005
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A biography of the first Treasury secretary, a major author of the Federalist Papers and an advocate of strong central government. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway play.

2. When Breath Becomes Air

Weeks on the list: 46

by: Paul Kalanithi
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
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A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

3. Between The World And Me

Weeks on the list: 45

by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Release date: Jul 14, 2015
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A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the national correspondent of The Atlantic, framed as a letter to his teenage son.

4. The Boys In The Boat

Weeks on the list: 43

by: Daniel James Brown
Release date: Jun 04, 2013
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The story of the American rowers who pursued gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Originally published in 2013.

5. Hamilton: The Revolution

Weeks on the list: 33

by: Lin-Manuel Mir a Jeremy McCarter
Release date: Apr 12, 2016
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The libretto of the Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.

6. Hillbilly Elegy

Weeks on the list: 20

by: J.D. Vance
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
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A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of the white working class through the story of his own childhood in the Rust Belt.

7. Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Brian Kilmeade Don Yaeger
Release date: Jan 01, 2015
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The war against the Barbary pirates in 1801.

8. Grit

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Angela Duckworth
Release date: May 03, 2016
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A psychologist argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

9. Being Mortal

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Atul Gaw e
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
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The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

10. I Am Malala

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Malala Yousafzai Christina Lamb
Release date: Oct 08, 2013
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The experience of the Pakistani girl who advocated for women’s education and was shot by the Taliban.

11. Dead Wake

Weeks on the list: 16

by: Erik Larson
Release date: Mar 10, 2015
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The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

12. Shoe Dog

Weeks on the list: 15

by: Phil Knight
Release date: Apr 26, 2016
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A memoir by the founder of Nike.

13. The Wright Brothers

Weeks on the list: 15

by: David McCullough
Release date: May 05, 2015
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The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight; by the author of “1776” and “The Greater Journey.”

14. The Big Short

Weeks on the list: 14

by: Michael Lewis
Release date: Nov 16, 2015
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The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.

15. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

Weeks on the list: 14

by: Amy Schumer
Release date: Aug 16, 2016
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Humorous personal essays by the comedian, actor and writer.

16. The Rainbow Comes And Goes

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Anderson Cooper Gloria V erbilt
Release date: Apr 05, 2016
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Mother and son discuss their relationship and difficult family history.

17. Killing The Rising Sun

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
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The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the final years of World War II.

18. Outliers

Weeks on the list: 13

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.

19. White Trash

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Nancy Isenberg
Release date: Jan 01, 2016
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The role of the white poor in American history.

20. Dark Money

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Jane Mayer
Release date: Jan 19, 2016
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An account of how the Koch brothers and other super-wealthy donors deployed their money to change American politics.

21. Bill O’reilly’s Legends And Lies: The Patriots

Weeks on the list: 11

by: David Fisher
Release date: May 24, 2016
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Stories of the American Revolution; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

22. Crisis Of Character

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Gary J Byrne Grant M Schmidt
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
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A former Secret Service officer claims to have witnessed scandalous behavior by the Clintons.

23. Born To Run

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Bruce Springsteen
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
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The singer-songwriter’s autobiography.

24. Love Warrior

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Glennon Doyle Melton
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
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After her husband confesses to multiple infidelities, a woman who has overcome bulimia and alcoholism struggles to grow — and so does he.

25. 13 Hours

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Mitchell Zuckoff members of the Annex Security Team
Release date: Sep 09, 2014
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Six C.I.A. contract employees discuss their experience during the attack on the State Department compound and the nearby C.I.A. station called the “annex” in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

26. Killing Reagan

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
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The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.

27. Seven Brief Lessons On Physics

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Carlo Rovelli
Release date: Jan 01, 2016
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An introduction to modern physics.

28. Armageddon

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Dick Morris Eileen McGann
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
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The political strategist offers a game plan for how to defeat Hillary Clinton.

29. Modern Romance

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Aziz Ansari Eric Klinenberg
Release date: Jun 16, 2015
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The comedian enlists a sociologist to help him understand today’s dating scene.

30. The Name Of God Is Mercy

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Pope Francis Andrea Tornielli
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
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In a conversation with a Vatican reporter, the pontiff explores the cornerstone of his faith.

Last updated on December 18, 2021