Happy Fourth of July!! As we celebrate the founding of our nation, and the freedom it wrought, it’s appropriate to take a look at one of the few new entries to the list this star-studded weekend.

Chris & Ted Stewart’s “The Miracle of Freedom” takes the long view on the evolution of freedom throughout history, focusing on seven specific events that the authors argue precipitated a significant step forward for the cause of freedom and the number of people benefitting from it.

Historian Andrew Roberts’ new survey of the WWII joins the list, as does Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia’s analysis of how best to argue your case before the bench. And an even older primer for new federal government managers to help navigate those first three months in the job. Let’s hope this surge in sales is on behalf of those eager to tackle the job with integrity, and not those seeking to find a way to undermine the federal worker, as the whole notion of government service has taken quite a pummeling these past few years.


Political Bestsellers — July 3, 2011

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Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

(Times, $30).

By Gretchen Morgenson & Joshua Rosner

2. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter

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

(St. Martin’s, $26.99). By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin

4 . On China (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

5. The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points That Saved the World

(Shadow Mountain, $28.99). By Chris Stewart & Ted Stewart

6. The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

(Harper, $29.99). By Andrew Roberts

Josph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, photographed at his home in North Sandwich, NH, July 21, 2009. © 2009 Shawn G. Henry • 978.590.4869. (Shawn G. Henry)

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

By Joseph S. Nye Jr.

8. The Secret Knowledge: One the Dismantling of American Culture

(Sentinel, $27.95)

By David Mamet

9. The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda’s American Recruits

(Crown Forum, $25)

By Catherine Herridge

10. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Annie Jacobsen

11. The Post-American World: Release 2.0

(Norton, $26.95). By Fareed Zakaria

12. Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges

(Thomson West, $28). By Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner

13. The First 90 Days in Government: Critical Success Strategies for New Public Managers at All Levels (Harvard Business, $29.95)

By Peter H. Daly & Michael Watkins with Cate Reavis

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending June 26, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011