While last week’s list saw a dirth of entries, there has been flood of titles joining the list this week ... driven, it seems, by a shared concern over the deficit and the budgetary crisis still unfolding in Washington. It’s a mix of titles from 2010 (which have surfaced on this list before) and those newly published — from a look at the origins of the financial crisis to pundit Glenn Beck’s take on America’s finances to a new title on (Wall Street culprit?) Goldman Sachs and its outsized influence.
In the political vein, we see the return of Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir (at #1 of all things), conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart expounding on his beliefs and influential business model and Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, reflecting on his life’s trajectory.
A welcome, and sobering, break from all the partisan rhetoric comes by way of “Poor Economics,” a new book that is the result of 15 years of research and control trials around the globe by two respected professors of economics at MIT. They examine the myriad effects of poverty on people and societies, upending much of the conventional wisdom held by governments, aid organizations and NGOs, perceptions which in turn drive the way they provide financial assistance and humanitarian aid.
Political Bestsellers — April 24, 2011
(Sentinel, $36). By Donald Rumsfeld
(FSG, $35). By Francis Fukuyama
(PublicAffairs, $25.99). By Wendy Kopp
(Harper, $25.99). By Sarah Palin
(Broadway, $21.99). By Governor Deval Patrick
(Portfolio, $32.95). By Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera
7. Obama’s Wars (Simon & Schuster, $30)
By Bob Woodward
(Skyhorse, $24.95). By Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell
(Threshold Editions, $29.99). By Glenn Beck
(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber
(PublicAffairs, $26.99). By Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo
(Free Press, $30). By Douglas Waller
(Grand Central, $27.99). By Andrew Breitbart
(Doubleday, $30.50). By William D. Cohan
Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending April 17, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011