The list inches a little longer this week, with the addition of the new biography of Gen. David Petraeus by military veteran Paula Broadwell and The Post’s Vernon Loeb (though not overtly political, the conflict in Afghanistan placed the general squarely in the center of the tussle over troop strength, strategy, most everything ... and his perfromance undoubtedly affected decisions in Washington). Someone not afraid to tred in the political realm is Zbigniew Brzezinski, formerly President Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor and a professor at Johns Hopkins’ SAIS, whose latest title, “STRATEGIC VISION,” also hits the list this week --- an impassioned argument for why American influence doesn’t need to wane, despite the grousing and hand-wringing from many who are direly predicting the demise of a super power.
Another book on President Obama? Yes, but one that actually rushes to the president’s defense — syndicated radio journalist Bill Press explores the myriad (and often outrageous) ways people and groups have been gunning for Obama ... and playing fast and loose with the truth in the process.
(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — February 5, 2012
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(Threshold, $26.99). By Mark R. Levin
(Penguin Press, $29.95). By Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb (1)
(Basic, $26). By Zbigniew Brzezinski
4. The Obamas (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Jodi Kantor
(Thomas Dunne, $26.95). By Bill Press
(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin
(Encounter, $35). By Yuri Felshtinsky & Vladimir Pribylovsky
Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending January 29, 2012 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2012