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Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 02/03/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — Feb. 5, 2012

Several heavy-hitting poli-sci titles join the nonfiction rankings this week — Broadwell & Loeb’s “ALL IN,” an examination of the life, career and significant influence of Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2010, and senior statesman Zbigniew Brzezinski’s take on the waning of American global influence in “STRATEGIC VISION.” There arrival on the list is not much of a surprise ... that they didn’t debut a bit higher is.

Also new to the list is “QUIET” by Susan Cain, a freelance writer and expert in negotiation techniques who explores the often unseen and intolerably overlooked power wielded by introverts, who comprise (studies vary) from one-third to one-half of the population. But, in our attention-driven, manic culture, it’s quite easy to forget that. Especially in D.C.

[Gone from the list this week are Jodi Kantor’s “The Obamas” and Sally Bedell Smith’s “Elizabeth the Queen,” among others ... ]

Popping over to fiction, two new mysteries break into the top 10 — Robert Crais’ new Joe Pike / Elvis Cole outing, and the return of Walter Mosley’s intrepid PI, Leonid McGill in “ALL I DID WAS SHOOT MY MAN” (which is exactly what it sounds like). And, sadly, Bernard Cornwell’s new historical novel, part of his “Saxon Tales” series, drops from its impressive debut at #1 last week to #10.

[Absent from the fiction chart this week are John Grisham (again), Adam Johnson and Orson Scott Card ... ]

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — February 5, 2012

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. AMERITOPIA: THE UNMAKING OF AMERICA

(Threshold, $26.99). By Mark R. Levin. Claiming that the American Dream (individualism) is at risk, courtesy of a rise of utopian fervor. (2)


2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WEALTH: UNDERSTAND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY AND AND ACHIEVE PROSPERITY

(McGraw-Hill, $26). By Charles Richards (2)


3. QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING

(Crown, $26). By Susan Cain (1)


4. STEVE JOBS (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (14)


5. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW (FSG, $30)

By Daniel Kahneman. The Nobel Prize winner (economic sciences) examines the modes of thought that fuel our decision making. (10)


6. ALL IN: THE EDUCATION OF GENERAL PETRAEUS

(Penguin Press, $29.95). By Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb (1)


7. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (67)


8. AMERICAN SNIPER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY

(Morrow, $26.99). By Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (4)


9. STRATEGY FOR YOU: BUILDING A BRIDGE TO THE LIFE YOU WANT

(Greenleaf, $19.95). By Rich Horwath (1)



10. STRATEGIC VISION: AMERICA AND THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL POWER

(Basic, $26). By Zbigniew Brzezinski (1)





FICTION HARDCOVER

1. TAKEN (Putnam, $26.95)

By Robert Crais. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike become ensnared in the world of human trafficking when they go to a kidnapped couples’ aid. (1)


2. PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. The ex-Marine founder of an elite PI firm becomes the lead suspect in his former girlfriend’s murder. (4)


3. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Knopf, $25.95). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” (8)


4. ALL I DID WAS SHOOT MY MAN (Riverhead, $26.95)

By Walter Mosley. PI Leonid McGill is back, with a family in shambles and a perplexing case of theft and gunshots. (1)


5. BELIEVING THE LIE (Dutton, $28.95)

By Elizabeth George. Inspector Lynley heads undercover to probe a death in an affluent family that has already been designated an accident. (3)


6. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

(Knopf, $27.95). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy ends as Salander hunts for her failed assassin. (61)


7. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (12)


8. THE LITIGATORS (Doubleday, $28.95)

By John Grisham. The fortunes of a sketchy law practice may change thanks to a new recruit and one major lawsuit. (13)


9. LOCKED ON (Putnam, $28.95)

By Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. While Jack Ryan Sr. runs for president once again, his son and the Campus special-ops team have their own worries. (7)


10. DEATH OF KINGS (Harper, $27.99)

By Bernard Cornwell. As Alfred the Great lay dying, the Saxon warrior Uhtred must choose whether to defend the king’s vision of a united England. (2)







NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE 4 ESSENTIALS OF ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING: WHAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL

(Greenleaf, $19.95). By Cliff Michaels (1)


2. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (4)


3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (97)


4. THE SANCTUARY FOR LENT 2012

(Abingdon, $.75). By Robert V. Dodd. Preparing for the Lenten season through readings and prayer. (1)


5. MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME (Norton, $15.95). By Michael Lewis

How the Oakland A’s budget-savvy style produced a winning season; forthcoming feature film. (7)


6. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS (Northfield, $14.99)

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (25)


7. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY’S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (55)


8. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s death from cervical cancer in 1951 led to the creation of the prodigious HeLa cell line. (47)


9. THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS

(New Press, $19.95). By Michelle Alexander (1)


10. NITTY GRITTY GRAMMAR: A NOT-SO-SERIOUS GUIDE TO CLEAR COMMUNICATION

(Ten Speed, $9.99). By Edith H. Fine & Edith P. Josephson (2)




FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (121)

2. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (42)


3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (66)


4. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

(Mariner, $14.95). By Jonathan Safran Foer. A novel of the aftermath of 9/11 on young Oskar Schell; a new feature film. (4)


5. THE TIGER’S WIFE (Random House, $15)

By Téa Obreht. While on a humanitarian mission, a doctor in the Balkans is confronted by the riddles of her own family’s past. (12)


6. A LADY NEVER SURRENDERS

(Pocket, $7.99). By Sabrina Jeffries. Surrenders to what? Love, naturally, in this period romance spiced with murder. (1)

7. LETHAL (Grand Central, $14.99)

By Sandra Brown. A woman and her daughter find themselves on the lam with an accused killer whose startling claims reveal a deep conspiracy. (1)


8. THE GREAT GATSBY (Scribner, $15)

By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age. (4)


9. 10TH ANNIVERSARY (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A new Women’s Murder Club tale in which children are entwined in shocking murders. (3)


10. BONNIE (St. Martin’s, $7.99)

By Iris Johansen. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is tantalizingly close to knowing the truth behind her daughter’s disappearance. (1)




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 29, 2012. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2012 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller lists in print alternate between hardcover and paperback; the complete list can be found online.)

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