Who needs the sizzling summer temperatures when the political climate in Washington is generating enough to blanket the entire Western Hemisphere? Debt ceiling limits and responsible governing aside, here are the political titles that are selling best.

Two newbies are journalist Fareed Zakaria’s “The Post-American World: 2.0,” the revised and updated edition of his earlier, bestselling (and much praised) look at the global order with a diminished American presence ... which may be coming sooner than anyone thought.

And “Oceana” from actor and environmental activist Ted Danson, who sports an impressive resume working on behalf of conservation causes, especially with Oceana, the largest environmental group that focuses exclusively on the world’s oceans (you’ve likely seen their arresting ads in the Metro system the past six months or so).

It may seem odd to have such a title in the “political” camp, but, alas, environmental conservation has become one of the biggest political footballs we’re coping with today, most alarmingly with the issue of global warming, which though sound science supports it, the will to to anything about it has not materialized as it should. And it’s not just the nutty folks denying global warming is even an issue (you know who you are), even the liberal caucus is taking a drubbing, with Al Gore (he of the Nobel Prize) recently dressing down the Obama administration for its lackluster approach to environmental concerns.


Political Bestsellers — June 26, 2011

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

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

2. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter

3 . On China (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger

Actor Ted Danson arrives for the Christie's Green Auction: Bid To Save The Earth event in New York March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ENVIRONMENT HEADSHOT) (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

By Ted Danson with Michael D’Orso

5. Known and Unknown: A Memoir (Sentinel, $36)

By Donald Rumsfeld

6. Decision Points (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

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

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

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

(Sentinel, $27.95). By David Mamet

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

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

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

(Harper, $25.99). By Ronald Reagan

Screenshot of Fareed Zakaria on The Daily Show on June 7, 2011. (The Daily Show)

11. The Post-American World: Release 2.0

(Norton, $26.95)

By Fareed Zakaria

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

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

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

(Skyhorse, $22.95). By Mark Pilkington

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending June 19, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011