The Political Best — Feb. 5, 2012

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.

BOOK WORLD

(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — February 5, 2012

[click on author’s name to be routed to Book World’s review]



1. Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

(Threshold, $26.99). By Mark R. Levin


2. All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

(Penguin Press, $29.95). By Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb (1)


3. Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power

(Basic, $26). By Zbigniew Brzezinski



U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, (R-OH), after Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 24, 2012. (LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS)

By Jodi Kantor



5. The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President — And Who Is Behind Them

(Thomas Dunne, $26.95). By Bill Press


6. The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin


7. The Corporation: Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin

(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

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