Another short list as we begin the new year ... which is okay. The 2012 presidential campaign, which begins in earnest in Iowa on Tuesday, is sure to change that in the months ahead.



(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — December 25, 2011

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

2. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis

3. No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

(Crown, $35). By Condoleeza Rice

U.S. Navy SEALs of the Navy parachute team 'Leap Frogs' take part in a demonstration of combat skills as they jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft at 5,000 feet before landing at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida November 11, 2011. The event for the public is part of a Veteran's Day celebration and the annual weekend reunion at the Museum. (JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS)

(St. Martin’s, $25.99)

By Chuck Pfarrer

5. Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors

(Little, Brown, $27.99)

By Don Mann with Ralph Pelluzzo

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending December 25, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2012