A shorter list this mid-summer weekend, a reflection, perhaps, of the deluge of vacations that Washingtonians begin taking just about this time of year (and well into August), and a preoccupation with the wearying budget debate on the Hill.

Though that disgust with the way Washington operates may explain the last book on this week’s list, a harsh critique of the Federal government and the way it spends money — your money. Certainly bashing government is all the rage nowadays, considering the budget / debt-limit debacle taking place even now on Capitol Hill, but alleging that there is a cadre of federal workers with exorbitant salaries ($170,00 is the number bandied about) “stealing you blind” is a bit much considering the vast majority of government workers are hardworking, conscientious folks making much less than you might think. And there’s no real reason why top-notch talent shouldn’t ear as much as some of their private sector counterparts, especially as a desire for more money is what leads many to leave the federal workforce in the first place. And as for “Stealing you blind,” it may be wise to turn your attention to the “recession-proof” moneymen of Wall Street and the often ridiculous salaries earned there — much of it lately at taxpayers’ expense.

The most heartening entry is Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick’s assessment of a CIA intelligence operation gone horribly awry — it tops the list here, after debuting at #10 in the general nonfiction list.

And conservative pundit Margaret Hoover takes a stab at diagnosing the ills of the Republican Party which, she believes, will be renewed by the younger generation.


Political Bestsellers — July 31, 2011

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

In this book cover image released by Doubleday, "The Triple Agent: The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA," by Joby Warrick, is shown. (AP Photo/Doubleday) (AP)

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. American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party

(Crown Forum, $24.99). By Margaret Hoover

7. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter

8. Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You

High-rise buildings around the federal courthouse in Alexandria include Carlyle Towers on the left and the courthouse in center. Staff Photo by Gerald Martineau (Gerald Martineau/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending July 24, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011