This week’s list is primarily a reshuffling of titles from weeks past, along with several older titles making return engagements — D’Souza’s controversial take on President Obama and his world vision; Bob Woodward’s take on the Obama White House’s embrace of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s screed against the federal government and its perceived intrusion in the lives of Americas. Along with the irony of a man espousing such views actually wanting to draw a federal salary as president of the United States, the book sports a foreword by fellow Republican candidate for president Newt Gingrich. Awkward.


Political Bestsellers — August 28, 2011

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1. After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

(Regnery, $29.95). By Mark Steyn

2. Decision Points (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

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

By Ronald Kessler

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

(St. Martin’s, $26.99)

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin

5. Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

(Times, $27). By Eric Schmitt & Thom Shankar

[see Book World’s review on Sunday, Sept. 4]

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

(Doubleday, $26.95). By Joby Warrick

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

(Threshold, $25)

By Laura Ingraham with Raymond Arroyo

8. On China (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

9. Can Intervention Work?

(Norton, $23.95). By Rory Stewart & Gerlad Knaus

[see Book World’s review on Sunday, Sept. 4]

10. The Roots of Obama’s Rage

(Regnery, $27.95). By Dinesh D’Souza

11. Obama’s Wars

(Simon & Schuster, $30). By Bob Woodward

12. Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools

(Simon & Schuster, $28). By Steven Brill

13. Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington

(Little, Brown, $21.99). By Rick Perry

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending August 21, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011