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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Political Bestsellers, April 10, 2011

Two new books, as well as one from the recent past, join the list this second weekend in April.

The oldie being Post associate editor Bob Woodward’s 2010 book on the Obama White House and the twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not quite sure why it’s back, though it’s gratifying to know that people are still concerned about the wars and their staggering cost, both human and emotional.

Garrett Graff, the editor of the Washingtonian magazine, finds his new book debut on the list this week, a behind-the-scenes look at the FBI and a cadre of agents determined to protect the nation (and its values) in a rapidly changing security environment. It’s surprising it didn’t also land in the general nonfiction top 10, but I expect it will in the next few weeks.

A bit of international relations (and searing humanitarian drama) hits the list with journalist Peter Godwin’s chronicle of his journey to Zimbabwe (his childhood home) amid the tense 2008 presidential election that offered a glimmer of hope that Mugabe’s long, tyrannical reign might at last be drawing to a close. Instead, Godwin found himself covering the violence and horror that erupted when Mugabe refused to concede power.

BOOK WORLD

Political Bestsellers, April 10, 2011

1. Obama’s Wars (Simon & Schuster, $30)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (C) meets with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) and Gen. David Petraeus (R), Commanding General of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in the Oval Office of the White House March 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. Petraeus was in Washington to give his assessment of military progress that would allow the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) (The White House - GETTY IMAGES)

By Bob Woodward

2. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber

3. Decision Points (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

4. Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

(Free Press, $30). By Douglas Waller

5. Known and Unknown: A Memoir

(Sentinel, $36). By Donald Rumsfeld
(Rich Clement - BLOOMBERG)

6. The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Garrett M. Graff

7. The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe

(Little, Brown, $26.99). By Peter Godwin

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending April 3, 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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