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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 07/24/2011

Political Bestsellers — July 24, 2011

On this not-so-perfect (and dreadfully hot) weekend, we actually have a “perfect 10” of a list to present. Yet only two new entries — the new screed from conservative commentator Laura Ingraham joins the list at the top spot, and “Haiti After the Earthquake” from Paul Farmer, UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti ( as well as chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School). The latter may not seem overtly “political,” as it does describe in much detail the extraordinary worldwide response to that horrific natural disaster (and many of its deficiencies). But its main thrust is exploring the social and economic injustices that would enable such a humanitarian crisis to reach such epic proportions. And that decidedly goes back to the political upheavals of the island nation, including its long interactions with other governments and international agencies that eventually created a man-made disaister, leaving it so vulnerable to one provided by nature.

BOOK WORLD

Political Bestsellers — July 24, 2011

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1. Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots
Ed Schultz (Tom Williams/Roll Call) and Laura Ingraham (Paul Morigi/WireImage) (Tom Williams (Roll Call)/Paul Morigi (WireImage))

(Threshold, $25). By Laura Ingraham with Raymond Arroyo

2. SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

(St. Martin’s, $26.99)

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin

3. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

(Times, $30). By Gretchen Morgenson & Joshua Rosner

4. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter

5 . On China (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

6. Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank (Alvin Hansen Symposium on Public Policy at Harvard University)
In this July 14, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, as he meets with Republican and Democratic leaders regarding the debt ceiling in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 14, 2011. Obama's decision to haul lawmakers in day by day to negotiate a debt deal comes down to reality: He has no other choice. The president has essentially cleared his agenda to deal with one enormous crisis. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Charles Dharapak - AP)

(MIT, $19.95). By Randall S. Kroszner & Robert J. Shiller

7. The Interrogator: An Education

(Nation, $26.99). By Glenn L. Carle

8. Haiti After the Earthquake

(PublicAffairs, $27.99)

By Paul Farmer

9. The Secret Knowledge: One the Dismantling of American Culture (Sentinel, $27.95). By David Mamet

10. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Annie Jacobsen

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending July 17, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011

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