There’s still deadlock in Washington over the merits of the debt ceiling and deficit reduction ... as the August 2 deadline set by the Treasury looms, not to mention Congress’s sacred summer recess.
Perhaps there’s a bit of deadlock on the list of top political titles, too, as several veteran titles return (David Mamet, Fareed Zakaria, Eric Greitens) while only a handful make the cut.
Of those, we have an examination of the political / emotional debris of the Vietnam War from two journalists in the Kalb family — Marvin and Deborah; Glenn Carle’s new memoir, “The Interrogator,” chronicles his role as a CIA spy compelled (as part of the “surge”) to serve at one of the the agency’s infamous blacksite locations ... and what happened next; and Jacques Gansler, a professor as well as a corporate senior vp, offers his prescription for a robust American defense industry for this new century — much of it sounds similar to the goals of former defense secretary Robert Gates (moving away from overly-costly projects and excessive spending) and the president (the optimal setting for such an industry would be a nation with sound international relations and a healthy economy). But certainly, with Gansler’s distinct experience, there may be no one better to explain it all in detail. A bit wonky? Perhaps, but then again, this is Washington, a city that lives and breathes wonkiness every single day.
And last but not least, economics professor Tyler Cowen (he teaches at George Mason University) offers his take on the economic crisis, the fragile recovery and the “Great Recession” which often doesn’t feel as though it’s truly past. He takes both Republicans and Democrats to task for their plans to buoy the economy, and explains the underlying cause of a crisis that has been decades in the making — a technological plateau. What that all means, well, you need to read the book, which is sure to generate some lively conversation.
Political Bestsellers — July 17, 2011
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(St. Martin’s, $26.99). By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin
(Times, $30). By Gretchen Morgenson & Joshua Rosner
(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter
(Threshold, $27). By Arthur B. Laffer & Stephen Moore
5 . On China (Penguin Press, $36)
(Shadow Mountain, $28.99). By Chris Stewart & Ted Stewart
7. Democracy’s Arsenal: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Defense Industry (MIT, $45). By Jacques S. Gansler
(Harper, $29.99). By Andrew Roberts
(Nation, $26.99). By Glenn L. Carle
(Brookings, $29.95). By Marvin Kalb & Deborah Kalb
11. The Secret Knowledge: One the Dismantling of American Culture (Sentinel, $27.95). By David Mamet
(Norton, $26.95). By Fareed Zakaria
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). By Eric Greitens
(Dutton, $12.95). By Tyler Cowen
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Annie Jacobsen
Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending July 10, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011