On this damp weekend, the political bestseller list is yet again an ideal, round number (the elusive “10”) but, as with its general bestseller lists counterpart, sees very little movement.

In fact, the only new additions are Ronald Kessler’s examination of some of the FBI’s most intriguing case files (based on numerous interviews with agents past and present), which debuts here at #1 (it was a mere #9 on the general nonfiction list), and Jeff Madrick’s “Age of Greed,” in which he fleshes out much of the backstory behind the current economic crisis (not the debt ceiling drama, as we all know who’s responsible there) but the previous forty years of wheeling, dealing and, well, greed that has crippled our country’s fiscal health.


Political Bestsellers — August 14, 2011

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1. The Secrets of the FBI (Crown, $26)

The J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) building is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 18, 2011. (Rich Clement/BLOOMBERG)

2. The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA

(Doubleday, $26.95). By Joby Warrick

3. SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

(St. Martin’s, $26.99)

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin

4. Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

(Threshold, $25). By Laura Ingraham with Raymond Arroyo

5. Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present (Knopf, $30). By Jeff Madrick

6. Decision Points (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

7. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

(Crown Forum, $28.99)

By Ann Coulter

8. Muzzled: The Assualt on Honest Debate

(Crown, $24). By Juan Williams

9. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

(Times, $30). By Gretchen Morgenson & Joshua Rosner

10. On China (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending August 7, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011