As we head into April, and hopefully temperatures a tad warmer, here are the books drawing the most demand from the politicos all around us.
Two new titles top the list —
+ a timely look at the “debt supercycle” (basically, debt outstripping income both for citizens and nations) which has become unsustainable and is affecting the sovereign debt and credit of developed and developing countries alike. The dual authors (and economists) explain why this easy ride is coming to an end, and what that means for the United States as well as the global economy.
+ The Post’s own Del Quentin Wilber has a riveting, punctilious examination of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan at the Hilton on Connecticut Ave. NW. March 30 is the 30th anniversary of that frightening day.
Mush of the rest of the list is, unusually, old titles amking a comeback, from Bob Woodward’s look at Obama as commander-in-chief to former governor Tom Ridge’s perspective on the American experiment. As for the latter, it’s practically a rite of passage for politicians with presidential ambitions to write a book. Perhaps folks are taking a refresher course on the positions of potential candidates. The chatter lately has been how very early the election cycle is beginning for Republicans for Congress on up — the verdict is still out as to whether that’s a smart thing or not.
(Wiley, $27.95). By John Mauldin & Jonathan Tepper
(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber
3. Decision Points (Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush
(Crown, $26). By Robert Baer & Dayna Baer
(Sentinel, $36). By Donald Rumsfeld
(PublicAffairs, $23.95). by Michael Mandelbaum
(Free Press, $30). By Douglas Waller
(Thomas Dunne, $25.99). By Tom Ridge with Larry Bloom
9. Obama’s Wars (Simon & Schuster, $30)
By Bob Woodward
(Putnam, $26.95). By Jeff Greenfield
(Sentinel, $26.95). By Mike Huckabee
Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending March 20, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011