The weather may be sizzling, but the poli-sci top sellers, well, not so much. Though the list has bumped up a bit in size from last week, it features a number of titles that (surprisingly) have fallen out of the general nonfiction Top 10 over the last few weeks — Henry Kissinger, Morgenson & Rosner, Annie Jacobsen and Frederick Kempe.

The only brand spanking new title on the list is playwright and filmmaker David Mamet’s “The Secret Knowledge,” in which he expounds on his evolution from a liberal artiste (which served him and his films rather well at the time) to an embrace of a far more conservative outlook, which he first announced to the world in an op-ed in the Village Voice in 2008. The book touches on numerous topics and hot button issues, including the oh-so au courant debate on global warming.


Political Bestsellers — June 12, 2011

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Dr. Kissinger, on a trip to Beijing with Donald Rumsfeld, did not shy from the limelight. He actively sought publicity and made headlines for his geopolitics as much as his personal life. (1974 TWP FILE PHOTO/1974 TWP FILE PHOTO)

1. On China

(Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

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

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

3. The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World

(FSG, $27). By Michael Spence

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

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

5. Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank (Alvin Hansen Symposium on Public Policy at Harvard University)

(MIT, $19.95). By Randall S. Kroszner & Robert J. Shiller

SLUG: ST/AREA 51 DATE: 6/7/97 PHOTOG: Bill O'Leary LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada CAPTION: GW law professor Jonathan Turley is bringing a class action suit against the U.S. Government on behalf of the widows and spouses of civilian workers who claim to have been made ill due to exposure to toxic compounds created by the illegal burning of trash in the Air Force's top secret base, Area 51. Pictured, a sign marking the 'Little Ale'Inn', a tiny watering hole in tiny Rachel, NV. Rachel is the closest town to the secret base, and hosts pilgrims from around the world who come hoping for UFO sightings.

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

(Little, Brown, $27.99)

By Annie Jacobsen

7. The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom

(Harper, $25.99)

By Ronald Reagan

8. Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

(Putnam, $29.95)

By Frederick Kempe

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

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

10. Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years

(Howard, $26). By Frank Bailey with Ken Morris & Jeanne Devon

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

(Sentinel, $27.95). By David Mamet

12. The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency

(Lyons, $22.95). By Ken Blackwell & Ken Klukowski

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending June 5, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011