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Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an appendectomy.  51 

2  2 AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. (HarperCollins Publishers.) 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.  2    

3  3 STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster.) A biography of the recently deceased entrepreneur, based on 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.  12    

4  5 KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt.) The anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  16    

5  4 BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey. (Little, Brown & Company.) A memoir from the former “Saturday Night Live” star and creator of “30 Rock.”  32  

6  6 UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House Publishing.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.  51    

7  11 THROUGH MY EYES, by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker. (HarperCollins Publishers.) The Broncos quarterback chronicles his personal and professional course.  10    

8   THE OBAMAS, by Jodi Kantor. (Little, Brown & Company.) The ups and downs of building a life in the White House.  1    

9  7 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) 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.  10    

10  8 CATHERINE THE GREAT, by Robert K. Massie. (Random House Publishing.) The life of the minor 18th-century German princess who became Empress of All the Russias.  10    

11   ELIZABETH THE QUEEN, by Sally Bedell Smith. (Random House Publishing Group.) The public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II as she approaches her Diamond Jubilee.  1    

12  9 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown Publishing.) The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.  47 

   13  10 IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson. (Crown Publishing.) William E. Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, and his daughter, Martha, in 1930s Berlin.  32 

14   GREEDY BASTARDS, by Dylan Ratigan. (Simon & Schuster.) The host of MSNBC’s “Dylan Ratigan Show” proposes solutions to political and economic problems.  1    

15   A UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING, by Lawrence Krauss. (Free Press.) A cosmologist’s account of how our universe evolved, based on experimental observations and new theories.  

Also Selling
17.SERIOUSLY … I’M KIDDING, by Ellen DeGeneres (Grand Central Publishing)
18.WHY ME?, by Sarah Burleton (Sarah Burleton)
19.IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?, by Mindy Kaling (Crown Publishing)
20.A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard (Simon & Schuster)
21.JACK KENNEDY, by Chris Matthews (Simon & Schuster)
22.AUSCHWITZ, by Miklos Nyiszli (Skyhorse)
23.THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, by Erik Larson (Knopf Doubleday Publishing)
24.OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown & Company)
25.THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls (Simon & Schuster)
26.Frank M. Ahearn The Digital Hit Man and His Weapons for Combating the Digital World, by Frank M. Ahearn  (Lying.FR)
27.PITY THE BILLIONAIRE, by Thomas Frank (Holt)
28.AN INVISIBLE THREAD, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (Howard)
29.THE OPERATORS, by Michael Hastings (Penguin Group)
30.MONEYBALL, by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company)
31.WORTH FIGHTING FOR, by Lisa Niemi Swayze (Atria Books)
32.BEING GEORGE WASHINGTON, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe (Threshold Editions)
33.BORN TO RUN, by Christopher McDougall (Knopf Doubleday Publishing)
34._____ FINISH FIRST, by Tucker Max (Simon & Schuster)
35.IMPERFECT JUSTICE, by Jeff Ashton with Lisa Pulitzer (HarperCollins Publishers)

About the Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the January 29, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending January 14, 2012.

An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above it. A dagger (†) indicates that some retailers report receiving bulk orders.


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STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster.) A biography of the recently deceased entrepreneur, based on 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.

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Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.  

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

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