As the weather warms up outside, the sales for political titles is cooling just a bit — a big factor there, of course, is that not too many books in that genre have been published of late. This list is unusual, too, as there is usually an overlap with the general nonfiction list. Not so this time — the first book on this list is actually #19 in the list of top 50 nonfiction titles sold in the region last week.

The list this week is primarily a reshuffling of titles from last week, and featuring only two new entries: The very first book and the very last book.

The maverick former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, besides sporting a new, slimmer look, has a new book that claims to expose malfeasance in the U.S. government, and back it up with documents (63 of them, though that seems a random number) that are publically accessible but not widely known. Not sure if that’s true, but it dovetails nicely with the premise of his television program, “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.”

The last book is by Joseph S. Nye Jr., the respected Harvard professor and vet­eran of two White House adminitrations, who expands on his notion of “smart power,” which he coined to describe the approach of President Obama’s approach to foreign policy. Decidedly wonky, but that appeals to lots of folks in this area.

A new book this week, though not new to this particular bestseller list, is Sarah Palin’s 2010 “America By Heart” — the fact that it’s selling well again (at least this past week) seems to defy the notion, popping up in scores of articles lately, that her influence is waning and she’s less of a force than she once was.


Political Bestsellers — April 17, 2011

1. 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

(Skyhorse, $24.95). By Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell

2. Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

The dome of the US Capitol is pictured in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2011. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

3. Obama’s Wars (Simon & Schuster, $30)

By Bob Woodward

4. Decision Points (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

5. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber

6 . Known and Unknown: A Memoir

(Sentinel, $36). By Donald Rumsfeld

7. America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

(Harper, $25.99). By Sarah Palin

8. The Future of Power (PublicAffairs, $27.99)

By Joseph S. Nye Jr.