Who needs the sizzling summer temperatures when the political climate in Washington is generating enough to blanket the entire Western Hemisphere? Debt ceiling limits and responsible governing aside, here are the political titles that are selling best.
Two newbies are journalist Fareed Zakaria’s “The Post-American World: 2.0,” the revised and updated edition of his earlier, bestselling (and much praised) look at the global order with a diminished American presence ... which may be coming sooner than anyone thought.
And “Oceana” from actor and environmental activist Ted Danson, who sports an impressive resume working on behalf of conservation causes, especially with Oceana, the largest environmental group that focuses exclusively on the world’s oceans (you’ve likely seen their arresting ads in the Metro system the past six months or so).
It may seem odd to have such a title in the “political” camp, but, alas, environmental conservation has become one of the biggest political footballs we’re coping with today, most alarmingly with the issue of global warming, which though sound science supports it, the will to to anything about it has not materialized as it should. And it’s not just the nutty folks denying global warming is even an issue (you know who you are), even the liberal caucus is taking a drubbing, with Al Gore (he of the Nobel Prize) recently dressing down the Obama administration for its lackluster approach to environmental concerns.
Political Bestsellers — June 26, 2011
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(St. Martin’s, $26.99). By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin
(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter
3 . On China (Penguin Press, $36)
4. Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them (Rodale, $32.50)
By Ted Danson with Michael D’Orso
5. Known and Unknown: A Memoir (Sentinel, $36)
6. Decision Points (Crown, $35)
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Annie Jacobsen
(Sentinel, $27.95). By David Mamet
(Times, $30). By Gretchen Morgenson & Joshua Rosner
(Harper, $25.99). By Ronald Reagan
By Fareed Zakaria
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). By Eric Greitens
(Skyhorse, $22.95). By Mark Pilkington
Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending June 19, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011