The surge of new titles in the rankings this week are clearly inspired by the stunning, near-perfect covert mission to capture/kill Osama bin Laden, and the curiosity in the extraordinary men who comprise the Navy’s elite SEAL teams it has generated.

From Oliver North’s 2010 book on the special-op soldiers (the book is part of a series that tie-in to his ‘War Stories’ television series) to two memoirs, one from a former SEAL recounting the dangerous exploits he undertook while a sniper, to another SEAL whose various deployments around the globe bred horror and frustration at the brutality and inhumanity he witnessed — which he would channel into a charity, the Mission Continues.

Rounding out the new titles are distinguished historian Adam Hochschild’s look at the little-known conscientious objectors to World War I , a collection of President Reagan’s private notes and index cards of aphorisms and inspiring quotes (much of which were only recently unearthed in boxes at the presidential library) and a alarming take on the terrorist threat in America from CBN journalist Erick Stakelbeck.


Political Bestsellers — May 22, 2011

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1. American Heroes in Special Operations

(Fidelis, $24.99). By Oliver North; edited by Chuck Holton

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

Hundreds watch during the ship christening ceremony at the Bath Iron Works shipyard honoring Medal of Honor recipient Navy Lt. Michael Murphy,in Bath, Maine on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The destroyer under construction at Maine's Bath Iron Works bears the name of Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in a firefight on June 28, 2005, in eastern Afghanistan. The ceremony was held Saturday on what would've been Murphy's 35th birthday and nearly a week after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) (Pat Wellenbach/AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(FSG, $35). By Francis Fukuyama

7. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

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

8. The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat

(Regnery, $27.95). By Erick Stakelbeck

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending May 15, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011