This week’s list, though a bit shorter than lists past, shores up new titles’ dominace of what’s selling briskly in the area.

Congressman Rand Paul expounds on his views on personal libery and the role of government in a new book that reads in part like campaign talking points. Someone’s sure to use them ...

And Garrett Graff, the editor of the Washingtonian magazine, examines the role of the FBI in the United States’ war on terror over the past decade — a struggle fraught with myriad unknowns, enemies both doesmtic and overseas, and longstanding tensions between the agency and the CIA.


Political Bestsellers — May 1, 2011

1.. Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!

(Grand Central, $27.99). By Andrew Breitbart

2. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom

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3. The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

(FSG, $35). By Francis Fukuyama

4. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

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

5. The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror

Neil MacBride, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, left, accompanied by Brenda Heck, with the FBI Field Office, speaks to reporters outside U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., Monday, April 11, 2011, after Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn pleaded guilty to joining what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb the Washington region's Metrorail system. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

6. 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

(Skyhorse, $24.95). By Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell

7. If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government

(Harvard Business, $24.95). By William D. Eggers & John O’Leary

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