As we head into mid-January (with another key Republican primary looming), the list continues to reflect a preoccupation with th economy and the manner in which it has (or hasn’t) been handled well, not just for the current administration, but in American society overall.

We also have the debut of “The Operators,” a much anticipated new book my freelance journalist Michael Hastings, best known for his controversial and game-changing profile of General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone magazine. This book very much picks up where that article ended. It’s also likely to climb a bit higher on the charts ...


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — January 15, 2012

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1. Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

(Metropolitan, $25). By Thomas Frank

2. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis

3. Decision Points (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

4. The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of American’s War in Afghanistan

(Blue Rider, $27.95). By Michael Hastings

5. Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy (Knopf, $23.95). By Bill Clinton

6. Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Peter Schweizer

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending January 8, 2012 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2012