For reasons unknown, the number of political / social science titles selling well this week swells a bit from the week prior. The bulk of the books are making return engagements — and one of the more interesting themes here, in light of the current political climate (and more specifically, the Republican Party’s own internal politics) is the continued interest in President Ronald Reagan, his life and presidency, from the collection of his recently rediscovered personal notes to the anniversary edition of his autobiography published in January. Perhaps folks are seeking inspiration from administrations past ...

Strident conservative Ann Coulter’s latest screed, with an overly dramatic title to match, tops the list this week, which is typical for new titles from political pundits of all stripes. The book, though, doesn’t top the general nonfiction top 10 (it’s at #3), but that could change next week. Is Coulter’s sway waning? Take a look at this recent blog posting, and decide for yourself.


Political Bestsellers — June 19, 2011

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1. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter

2. On China

(Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

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

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

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

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

5. KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play

(Rodale, $24.95). By Darell Hammond

Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert (L) laughs to a remark by US filmmaker and playwright David Mamet (2 L) during a visit to sites, which were affected by suicide attacks in Jerusalem 21 July 2002. Mamet, renowned mainly for his B-series movies, will take part in the Jerusalem 19th film festival. AFP PHOTO/Maya VIDON (MAYA VIDON/AFP)

(Sentinel, $27.95). By David Mamet

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

(Little, Brown, $27.99)

By Annie Jacobsen

8. Known and Unknown: A Memoir

(Sentinel, $36).

By Donald Rumsfeld

9. Decision Points

(Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

10. Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs

(Skyhorse, $22.95). By Mark Pilkington

11. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber

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12. An American Life: The Autobiography

(Simon & Schuster, $32). By Ronald Reagan

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

(Harper, $25.99)

By Ronald Reagan

14. Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

(Ecco, $25.99). By Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

15. Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28). By David Wise

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending June 12, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011