Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 KILLING PATTON

Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the strange death of Gen. George S. Patton in December 1945.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#2 NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL

Lena Dunham

A collection of revealing and often humorous personal essays from the creator and star of “Girls.”

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#3 THE INNOVATORS

Walter Isaacson

Studies of the people who created computers and the Internet, beginning in the 1840s.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#4 BEING MORTAL

Atul Gawande

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#5 STOP THE COMING CIVIL WAR

Michael Savage

The radio host urges true patriots to save the country from the machinations of the left.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#6 WORTHY FIGHTS

Leon Panetta

The writer’s experience in the Obama administration as director of the C.I.A. and secretary of defense.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#7 THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

Daniel James Brown

The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

On the bestsellers list for 21 weeks


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#8 UNBROKEN

Laura Hillenbrand

An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

On the bestsellers list for 174 weeks

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#9 WHAT IF?

Randall Munroe

Scientific (but often humorous) answers to hypothetical questions, based in part on the author’s website, xkcd.com.

On the bestsellers list for 6 weeks


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#10 ROCKS

Joe Perry with David Ritz

A memoir by the Aerosmith guitarist and songwriter.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#11 AMERICAN SNIPER

Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

A former member of the Navy SEALs discusses his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war. Kyle was shot to death in Texas in 2013.

On the bestsellers list for 40 weeks


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#12 13 HOURS

Mitchell Zuckoff with members of the Annex Security Team

Six C.I.A. contract employees discuss their experience during the attack on the State Department compound and the C.I.A. station called the “annex” in Benghazi in 2012.

On the bestsellers list for 5 weeks


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#13 THE HOT ZONE

Richard Preston

The discovery of the Ebola virus, and the efforts to keep it from spreading; first published in 1994.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#14 WAKING UP

Sam Harris

This exploration of consciousness proposes that spirituality can and should be divorced from religion.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#15 WILD

Cheryl Strayed

A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995.

On the bestsellers list for 82 weeks


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#16 JESUS ON TRIAL

David Limbaugh

The lawyer and political commentator uses his legal training to evaluate, and affirm, the truthfulness of the Bible.  

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 DANCING WITH MYSELF

Billy Idol

The punk pioneer's autobiography.

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#18 NOT MY FATHER'S SON

Alan Cumming

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#19 HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED

Paul Tough

The author argues that the qualities that matter most have to do with character, not intelligence.

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#20 REBEL YELL

S C Gwynne

The life and career of the Confederate general Stonewall Jackson.

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