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Political Bestsellers — May 29, 2011

The political-science list swells this week, with a remarkable number of return engagements from some previously bestselling titles — memoirs from both President Bush and his wife, Laura, as well as the emotional autobiography from Sen. Scott Brown, and wrapping things up, the 2007 book on volunteering (inspiring vignettes from around the globe) from former President Bill Clinton.

Brand new are Jerome Corsi’s reactionary take on the brouhaha over Obama’s birth certificate (hasn’t this already been answered?) and probing what the Internet knows about you (and how that influences what it will actually show you) from Eli Pariser, the board president and former executive director of Based on his background, he would certainly know.


Political Bestsellers — May 29, 2011

[click on author’s name to be routed to Book World’s review]

1. Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

(Putnam, $29.95). By Frederick Kempe

2. On China

(Penguin Press, $36). By Henry Kissinger

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

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

4. Where's the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President

(WND, $25.95). By Jerome Corsi

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

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

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

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

7. Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank (Alvin Hansen Symposium on Public Policy at Harvard University)

(MIT, $19.95). By Randall S. Kroszner & Robert J. Shiller

8. Decision Points (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush

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

(Harper, $25.99). By Ronald Reagan

10. Spoken from the Heart

(Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush

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

(FSG, $35). By Francis Fukuyama

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. Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World

(Knopf, $24.95).

14. Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances

(Harper, $27.99). By Scott Brown

15. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

(Penguin Press, $25.95). By Eli Pariser

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending May 22, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011


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