Another true “top 10” on the poli/sci list this weekend, with the most interesting newcomer being journalist Juan William’s “Muzzled,” in which he waxes philosophical on the state of political & social discourse in the nation today. Whether or not you agree with the remarks that compelled NPR to fire him (and not agreeing with them is a side of the debate he’s not a big fan of), it offers an intriguing take on the myriad issues in American culture that act as landmines in any conversation about them. Blaming the shrill voices of the media (right and left) for the stifling of an honest debate in our hyper-partisan culture takes on an added irony when Williams landed at Fox News after his firing, which, like NPR, has its own issues with claims of a partisan bias.


Political Bestsellers — August 7, 2011

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

(Doubleday, $26.95). By Joby Warrick

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

(St. Martin’s, $26.99)

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin

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

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

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

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

5 . On China (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

6. The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). By Eric Greitens

7. Muzzled: The Assualt on Honest Debate

News analyst Juan Williams appears on the "Fox & friends" television program in New York, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. (Richard Drew/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

8. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

(Crown Forum, $28.99)

By Ann Coulter

9. Decision Points

(Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

10. The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States

(Penguin Press, $29.95). By Gordon S. Wood

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending July 31, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011