As summer creeps closer (with the temperatures to prove it) the poli-sci list contracts considerably from last week. Unusually, only Kissinger’s ”On China” also finds itself in the general nonfiction top 10 — the other titles here, aside from the tell-all by Sarah Palin’s former aide and NYT reporter Gretchen Morgenson’s examination of malfeasance on Wall Street (written with Joshua Rosner), are all books that have appeared on this list previously.

On to next week ...


Political Bestsellers — June 5, 2011

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1. On China

(Penguin Press, $36). By Henry Kissinger

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

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

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Craig Sawyer poses for a portrait in Los Angeles Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The raid that killed Osama bin Laden will go down in history as the most important covert operation since the Sept. 11 attacks, earning the elite Navy SEAL team that carried it out permanent bragging rights for finishing off the most-wanted terrorist on Earth. "Officially, Team Six doesn't exist," says Sawyer, 47, who advises Hollywood and acts in movies about the military. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (Reed Saxon/AP)

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

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

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

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

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

(Harper, $25.99). By Ronald Reagan

6. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28). By Adam Hochschild

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

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

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

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

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending May 29, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011