Nonfiction Books August 2020

List of Nonfiction Book Releases August 2020

Do you love nonfiction? There were some great nonfiction books released in August 2020.

We love to feature backlist books every week, but that does not mean we don’t enjoy new releases as well, especially if those new releases are nonfiction books.

It is no secret that we love nonfiction books. Our family enjoys finding new and interesting books about history, science, true crime, memoirs, and more. 

This month I added several nonfiction books to my Amazon wish list, which also acts as my “I want to read list.” As I was adding titles to the list I realized that you might like to see what nonfiction books in August caught our attention. 

Nonfiction books released in August 2020 that we are looking forward to includes a medical science type book, a book about weather, a book about a congressman, and some true crime. We have not read any of these yet, but we are adding them to our list to read soon. 

What books released in August  2020 are you looking forward to reading? 

The Organ Thieves

The Organ Thieves by Chip Jones

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a black man, went into Virginia’s top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now, in The Organ Thieves, Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Tucker’s death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family’s permission or knowledge. The circumstances surrounding his death reflect the long legacy of mistreating African Americans that began more than a century before with cadaver harvesting and worse. It culminated in efforts to win the heart transplant race in the late 1960s. Read more…

A Furious Sky

A Furious Sky by Eric Jay Dolin 

With A Furious Sky, Dolin has created a vivid, sprawling account of our encounters with hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus’s New World voyages to the destruction wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Weaving a story of shipwrecks and devastated cities, of heroism and folly, Dolin introduces a rich cast of unlikely heroes, such as Benito Vines, a nineteenth-century Jesuit priest whose innovative methods for predicting hurricanes saved countless lives, and puts us in the middle of the most devastating storms of the past, none worse than the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which killed at least 6,000 people, the highest toll of any natural disaster in American history. Read more…

His Truth Is Marching On

His Truth Is Marching On by Jon Meacham

John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” From an early age, Lewis learned that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family’s chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it—his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis’s commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God—and an unshakable belief in the power of hope.  Read more…

1941 The Year Germany Lost the War

The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski

In early 1941, Hitler’s armies ruled most of Europe. Churchill’s Britain was an isolated holdout against the Nazi tide, but German bombers were attacking its cities and German U-boats were attacking its ships. Stalin was observing the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and Roosevelt was vowing to keep the United States out of the war. Hitler was confident that his aim of total victory was within reach. Read more..

Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher

Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz 

In 1934, the nation’s most legendary crime-fighter–fresh from taking on the greatest gangster in American history–arrived in Cleveland, a corrupt and dangerous town about to host a world’s fair. It was to be his coronation, as well as the city’s. Instead, terror descended, as headless bodies started turning up. The young detective, already battling the mob and crooked cops, found his drive to transform American policing subverted by a menace largely unknown to law enforcement: a serial murderer. Eliot Ness’s greatest case had begun. Read more…

Olive the Lionheart

Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca

In 1910, Olive MacLeod, a thirty-year-old, redheaded Scottish aristocrat, received word that her fiancé, the famous naturalist Boyd Alexander, was missing in Africa. So she went to find him. Read more…


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