This weekend’s roundup of poli-sci books selling well across the region (once again, an even 10) is primarily a reshuffling of some previous entries save for two — and both deal with the Web, though in strikingly different ways.
Jeremy Rifkin, the Foundation on Economic Trends and a bestselling, thought-provoking author, has penned a new book on what he (and many others) believe will be the next wave of development: The astonishing synergy of the Internet and green movement to create a new revolution in the way we create and use energy (an “energy internet,” so to speak).
That’s followed by Mark Bowden’s new book, which takes a more sinister turn. It’s a lively look at what he dubs “the first digital world war,” the onset of the Conficker worm / virus in 2008 that pitted wily hackers against top researchers and Internet security specialists. And what we learned there might come in rather useful in the future.
(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — October 9, 2011
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(Harper, $29.99). By Ron Suskind
(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin
(FSG, $28). By Thomas L. Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum
(Threshold Editions, $35). By Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney
(Norton, $26.95). By Ali H. Soufan with Daniel Freedman
(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Dana Priest & William Arkin
(Palgrave Macmillan, $27). By Jeremy Rifkin
(Atlantic Monthly, $25). By Mark Bowden
10. If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government (Harvard Business School, $24.95)
By Willam D. Eggers & John O’Leary
Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending October 2, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011