New book details the Koch brothers' influence

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Who Are The Koch Brothers?

Two of the most influential and at times mysterious people in the world of politics are arguably the billionaire Koch brothers.

In the book, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," author Jane Mayer paints a startling picture of how much money from billionaires like the Koch brothers has indeed impacted the political system.

As the Times' review explains, the five years of research Mayer invested into this book helped to shed light on some new interesting aspects of the Kochs:

Mayer also sheds some useful light on the co-conspirators who helped the Kochs build a movement that spread far beyond electoral politics.

The book made its debut on The New York Times Best Seller list for the week of February 7, 2016.

This week a few new releases have shot up to the top of the nonfiction list while some heavy hitters continue to fly off the shelves.

"Between the World and Me," a book by author Ta-Nehisi Coates which a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son remains in the top five on the bestsellers list this week.

While the gut wrenching tale in "A Mother's Reckoning" which offers a powerful account by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters, chronicling her battle with grief and shame ever since that infamous day in April 1999, remains high on the list in its fourth week.

Click through the nonfiction New York Times Best Sellers list below:

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New book details the Koch brothers' influence

No. 15 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir, $16.06

A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.

No. 14 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan, $9.10

A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan.

No. 13 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Notes from a Small Island, $10.60

Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.

No. 12 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, $8.87

The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower--and middle--class Americans who can't pay their debts. 

No. 11 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, $15.60

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

No. 10 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, $16.07

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. 

No. 9 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, $16.79

From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.

No. 8 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, $9.15

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

No. 7 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Between the World and Me, $9.83

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

No. 6 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, $16.29

From the author of The Power of Habit comes a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.

No. 5 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Alexander Hamilton​, $13.06

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

No. 4 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing, $9.10

Soon to be a major motion picture from Sony, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah-Miracles from Heaven is the true story of one little girl, her journey to heaven, and an amazing story of healing.

No. 3 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, $18.68

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?

No. 2 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, $11.26

In the early seventies, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe—in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. He was accompanied by an unforgettable sidekick named Stephen Katz (who will be gloriously familiar to readers of Bryson's A Walk in the Woods). Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey. The result is the affectionate and riotously funny Neither Here Nor There.

No. 1 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

When Breath Becomes Air, $15.00

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.

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