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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(Fidelis, $24.99). By Oliver North; edited by Chuck Holton
(St. Martin’s, $26.99). By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28). By Adam Hochschild
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). By Eric Greitens
(FSG, $35). By Francis Fukuyama
(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber
(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